LifeCare Hospitals of Dallas welcomes new CEO

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The Dallas team is excited to announce their new CEO, Debbie Paganelli. With her she brings more than 16 years’ experience in health care – including business planning, financial management, patient safety, team development and more.

Prior to joining the LifeCare team, Paganelli served as president of Texas Health HEB Hospital, a non-profit acute care hospital in Bedford. In this role, she provided leadership and change management to a team of 1,500+ associates in a 325-bed acute care and behavioral health facility. During this time, she improved associate and physician engagement, achieved volume/market growth, continuously achieved financial targets and more.

“After spending my entire career in the acute care hospital setting, I felt a need to extend my knowledge into another level on the care continuum and LifeCare’s culture makes it a good fit,” says Paganelli.

When not at work, Paganelli enjoys spending time with her family (especially her two grandchildren), working in the garden and reading. She also serves as a board member for many Texas-based organizations/projects: CareFlite, North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, Healthy Tarrant County Coalition, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, HEB ISD Foundation Board and HEB Chamber of Commerce.

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