Press Release

JPS Cancels March Board Meeting

In light of the current concerns regarding COVID-19, JPS Health Network is canceling its board meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020. As caretakers of the public health in Tarrant County, JPS leadership takes these concerns seriously and has decided against holding this meeting inside the confines of JPS Hospital.

JPS appreciates the Board of Managers for their care and concern regarding COVID-19. JPS will continue to keep the board and the public up-to-date with any new developments.


JPS Names Dr. Karen Duncan Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Karen Duncan, MD, MBA, a board-certified pediatrician with more than 20 years of medical and executive leadership experience, has been named Chief Operating Officer for JPS Health Network.

Dr. Duncan joined JPS in 2017 as Executive Vice President of Community Health Services. She will begin her new role at the end of January 2020, when Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Whitman retires.

JPS Declares Code Yellow for the Second Time in a Month

As record numbers of patients flood the John Peter Smith Hospital Emergency Department, JPS Health Network leaders have, for the second time in a month, declared a Code Yellow emergency situation.

“We are on pace to see 10,750 patients this month,” said Jesse DeWaard, Executive Director of Emergency Management Services at JPS. “This would be the most ever. Our biggest number of visits in one day stands at 427. In addition, our Psychiatric Emergency Center is seeing record numbers.”