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Hendrick Medical Center South Leadership

Brian Bessent, FACHEBrian Bessent, FACHE

Chief Administrative Officer
Mr. Bessent received his bachelor's degree in speech pathology at Hardin-Simmons University in 1996 and master's degree in speech pathology in 1998 at the University of North Texas in Denton. He began working at Hendrick in 1999, served as Director of Rehabilitation in 2008 and was promoted to Director of Transitional Services in 2011. He served as assistant vice president and was later promoted to vice president of coordinated and post-acute care. Mr. Bessent is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives .

Judy LaFrance, MSN, RN, NE-BCJudy LaFrance, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Assistant Chief Nursing Officer
Ms. LaFrance, received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. Judy previously worked at Hendrick from 1995-2018 in various roles as an RN, leader, and then Director of Emergency and Forensic Nursing Services, and most recently as a faculty member for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.