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ETMC Behavioral Health Center honored by THA

BHC Award Presentation  

Della Vallejo of THA presents a membership award to Jerry Echols of ETMC BHC.  

East Texas Medical Center Behavioral Health Center in Tyler is being honored as a long-time member of the Texas Hospital Association. The hospital is one of four throughout the state to receive a 25-year membership award from the Association this year. The award was officially presented to administrator Jerry Echols by Della Vallejo, THA’s membership manager, during a recent visit to the facility.

“ETMC Behavioral Health Center has joined the ranks of an elite group of Texas hospitals that have achieved 25-year membership status in THA,” noted Vallejo. “This is a significant milestone, and THA thanks the hospital for its long-term support.”

Founded in 1930, the Texas Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and health care systems. Based in Austin, THA enhances its members’ abilities to improve accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all Texans. One of the largest hospital associations in the country, THA represents more than 85 percent of the state’s acute-care hospitals and health care systems, which employ some 355,000 health care professionals statewide. Learn more at or follow THA on Twitter at

Originally posted June 1 2010