JPS Health Network president and CEO announces upcoming retirement

Robert Earley has led JPS Health Network, Tarrant County's taxpayer-supported health system, for more than a decade. (Courtesy JPS Health Network)
Robert Earley has led JPS Health Network, Tarrant County's taxpayer-supported health system, for more than a decade. (Courtesy JPS Health Network)

Robert Earley has led JPS Health Network, Tarrant County's taxpayer-supported health system, for more than a decade. (Courtesy JPS Health Network)

Robert Earley announced Nov. 2 that he will be retiring as president and CEO of JPS Health Network, Tarrant County’s tax-supported hospital district and health care organization.

A press release distributed by the health care network Nov. 2 said Earley, who has served in the role for 13 years, will retire in March 2022.

According to the release, Earley first announced the news in a video message to JPS Health Network’s 7,200 employees. In it, he cited the need to be present with his family and his parents.

“About nine months ago, my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The very next day, my mom fell down and broke her hip,” Earley said in the video. “I now need to give 100% to my parents. I want to be the son to them, as they were the parents to me.”

Early also told staff their work in improving health outcomes through care and improved services will leave a lasting legacy not just for the outgoing official, but also for the Tarrant County community, according to the release.


As outlined in the release, the JPS board of managers is expected to announce a nationwide search for Earley’s replacement.

JPS Health Network has the county’s only Level I Trauma Center and Psychiatric Emergency Center. According to the release, since Earley took on the role, the system has expanded and upgraded services, such as telehealth, behavioral offerings, mobile street medicine, and residency and fellowship programs.

Dorothy DeBose is the incoming board president for JPS and said Earley will be missed.

“It is with sadness in our hearts that we support Robert Earley in retiring as CEO,” DeBose said in a statement. “JPS has had a wonderful experience under his leadership, and we will miss our treasure.”
By Steven Ryzewski
Steven Ryzewski is the editor for Community Impact Newspaper's Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake and Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth editions. Before joining Community Impact in 2021, he worked in hyperlocal journalism for nine years in Central Florida as an editor, sports editor and correspondent.


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