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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake named Michael E. Ludwig, DNP, MHA, RN, NEA-BC as its vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer (CNO). Dr. Ludwig joins Texas Health Southlake from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman.  

“Michael Ludwig is a proven leader with more than 26 years of experience that supports the highest quality of nursing practice,” stated Traci Bernard, president of Texas Health Southlake. “His extensive knowledge and previous success with all levels of nursing, medical staff and patients make him a valuable asset to Texas Health Southlake.” 

As chief nursing officer, Dr. Ludwig provides leadership and clinical management to all nursing and patient care areas. He is accountable for high quality, safe and appropriate nursing care, competency of clinical staff, and appropriate resource management related to patient care. Ludwig is also responsible for leading, evaluating and directing nursing practice. He is dedicated to providing the highest patient services attainable while ensuring a cost-effective operation.

Dr. Ludwig holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Texas Christian University and a Master of Health Care Administration degree from University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Ludwig’s experiences in nursing and leadership extend more than two decades, with increasing professional advancements. As director of surgical services at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Dr. Ludwig developed three new service lines, opened two new inpatient units, and improved employee opinion survey results across all assigned units. As associate chief nursing officer at Texas Health Kaufman (THK), Dr. Ludwig strategically managed financial and quality metrics, and oversaw daily operations. Prior to transitioning to Texas Health Southlake, Dr. Ludwig led the COVID response team at THK, developed surge plans for staff and resources, and communicated action plans both internally with staff and physicians, as well as externally with corporate and Kaufman county leaders.

Dr. Ludwig has been a member or currently serves in a number of professional organizations, including American College of Health Care Executives, Emergency Nurses Association, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas Nurses Association, and Kaufman County Leadership Team.                 

Texas Health Southlake offers over 20 specialties through its 300+ on-staff physicians ranging from spine, orthopedics, general, ENT and podiatry. Since opening its doors in 2004, the vision has remained the same: To be the premier provider of selected clinical services; or organization where employees want to work, physicians want to practice and patients receive compassionate care. For more information, visit

The physicians on the medical staff of Texas Health Southlake are independent practitioners and are not employees or agents of the Hospital. Some physicians have an ownership investment in the Hospital.