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(Mission, TX- July 10, 2017) A new era in healthcare has dawned at Mission Regional Medical Center with the appointment of Kane Dawson to the position of chief executive officer effective July 1. Dawson succeeds Javier Iruegas, who retired from Mission Regional Medical Center at the end of June after serving 12 years.

Dawson joins Mission Regional Medical Center with more than twenty years of healthcare experience and a variety of leadership responsibilities. He most recently worked for Quorum Healthcare Corporation and Quorum Health Resources, operators of acute care hospitals and outpatient centers in 16 states, including management consulting services. Previously, Dawson served as the Chief Executive Officer for a physician-owned health system with facilities in Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio, Texas. Additionally, he held executive roles with Cancer Treatment Centers of America across the Chicago, Philadelphia, and Atlanta locations, and Tenet Healthcare.

“We have some tremendous opportunities here at Mission Regional Medical Center,” said Dawson. “We have an award winning hospital, a dedicated and loyal medical staff and employees, and a community that supports their local hospital. Our goal is to invest and renew Mission Regional and continue to provide safe quality health care, close to home,” added Dawson.

Dawson was named by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the “40 under 40” honorees and recognized for his leadership in the community. He is also certified as a Lean Healthcare Executive by the University of Michigan, School of Engineering. Dawson earned a Bachelor of Arts at Wabash College and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan.

“Mr. Dawson’s collaborative leadership style coupled with his passion for quality and excellence will be an asset to the entire Mission Regional family,” said Harsha Upadhyay, Regional CEO of Prime Healthcare. “We are pleased to welcome him to Mission Regional and Prime Healthcare. We also thank Mr. Iruegas for his many contributions and wish him the best in his future.“

Mission Regional Medical Center becomes part of the Prime Healthcare Foundation family July first.

Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity based in Ontario, CA with a mission of providing quality, compassionate healthcare for all, is affiliated with Prime Healthcare. The Foundation includes 14 of the 44 hospitals within the award-winning Prime Healthcare network. One of the 14 Foundation hospitals, all of which are not-for-profit, is Knapp Medical Center located near Mission in Weslaco, Texas. Another member of Prime Healthcare in south Texas is Harlingen Medical Center located in Harlingen, TX.

About Mission Regional Medical Center:

Mission Regional Medical Center is a 297-bed, non-profit hospital that provides inpatient and outpatient hospital services to the people of the Rio Grande Valley. Rated one of the top hospitals in the country for clinical excellence in many services including maternity and orthopedic care, Mission Regional Medical Center has been offering quality healthcare, close to home, for over 60 years. For more information visit

About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning national hospital system with 44 acute-care hospitals providing nearly 43,500 jobs in 14 states. Twelve of the hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity with a mission of providing quality, compassionate healthcare for all. Based in California and one of the largest hospital systems in the country, Prime Healthcare and its hospitals have been recognized as among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation 38 times and among the “15 Top Health Systems” three times, and Prime Healthcare is the only “Top 10 Health System” west of the Mississippi. For more information, please visit