|For Immediate Release|
|Yoder named Parkland's Vice President of Government Relations|
|DALLAS – Katherine Lanier Yoder has been named Vice President of Government Relations for Parkland Health & Hospital System.
Yoder comes to Parkland from the Office of Governor Rick Perry, where she served as Advisor to the Governor. During her tenure, she provided budget and policy recommendations to the Governor on health and human services related issues including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), health information technology and long term care. She was also responsible for overseeing the policy direction and budgets for the Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of Aging and Disability Services among others to ensure the dissemination of the Governor’s agenda.
Prior to her work in the Governor’s Office, she was a senior policy analyst for the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. In that capacity, she researched, analyzed, prepared reports and made recommendations to Chairman Jane Nelson regarding legislative and special issues related to human services. She also assisted the Chairman with health and human services budget and appropriations decisions in her role on the Senate Finance Committee. In addition, Yoder served as Chief of Staff to former Texas State Rep. Suzanna Hupp of Lampasas.
“Katherine’s experience in Austin will be a tremendous asset as we prepare for the 83rd Legislative Session,” said Debbie Branson, chair, Parkland Board of Managers. “Since we face an uncertain future when it comes to funding sources that may be reduced or legislation that can be harmful to public hospitals like Parkland, having someone with Katherine’s knowledge and insight will be beneficial for our patients and the Dallas County tax payers.”
Yoder’s appointment comes upon the retirement of Parkland’s previous Vice President of Government Relations, Jennifer Cutrer, PhD.
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