Patricia (Trish) Darnauer

Harris Health System
U.S. Army Veteran

Patricia (Trish) DarnauerTrish is currently serving as the Senior Vice President, Operational Transformation at the Harris Health System.  The Harris Health System employs more than 8,000 staff, is affiliated with both the Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center, and provides high-quality, full spectrum health care to the medically underserved population of Harris County. She was appointed to this position in July, 2016.  In this capacity, she integrates and streamlines functions across the Health System to better synchronize the delivery of health care to >1 million eligible patients.

Previous Experience

Trish was commissioned as a Medical Service Corps officer in 1986 and has commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade/Medical Center level.  Over the course of a 29 year Army career, she served in a diversity of command and staff assignments in both the operational and institutional Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and recently retired at the rank of Colonel on December 1, 2015.

Her experiences span the medical human resources (HR) spectrum including service as an AMEDD recruiter, senior Strength Manager, and ultimately as the HR Director for the Army Surgeon General/Army Medical Command.  As the senior leader/commander of a deployable trauma hospital, Colonel Darnauer spent 11 months leading regional US medical support to US/NATO forces in Helmand Province and western Afghanistan in 2011.  Prior to her retirement, she commanded the Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas where she was charged with improving the health and readiness of more than 100,000 beneficiaries.

Trish earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Business Management from Cornell University, a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University, and a Masters degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.  She is married to Eric Darnauer, an AH-64D Instructor Pilot/Aviation Safety Officer in the Texas Army National Guard.  They are the proud parents of two young-adult  daughters.