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Herrington Lecture

2006 Lecturer

Mr. James D. "Denny" SheltonMr. James D. “Denny” Shelton
Chairman & CEO – Triad Hospitals, Inc.

Mr. James D. “Denny” Shelton is Chairman and CEO of Triad Hospitals, Inc. in Plano, Texas. Mr. Shelton founded the company in May 1999 by acquiring a group of hospitals from his former employer, HCA.

Triad Hospitals, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is publicly traded and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The company, through its affiliates, owns and manages 49 hospitals and 10 ambulatory surgery centers in 15 states with approximately 8,845 licensed beds. The company also operates a subsidiary that provides hospital management, consulting, and advisory services to more than 180 independent community hospitals and health systems throughout the United States.

Mr. Shelton joined HCA as President of the Central Group in 1994. Previously, he held various executive positions with National Medical Enterprises including Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President and Regional Vice President. He has been a hospital administrator in Louisiana, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia, and Illinois.

Mr. Shelton serves on the Board of the American Hospital Association and is a member of its Executive Committee. He also is a former Chairman of the Board of the Federation of American Hospitals.

Mr. Shelton earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in history from Louisiana State University.