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April 10, 2006

Healthcare Executive To Present April 18 Herrington Lecture

James D. "Denny" Shelton, chairman and CEO of Triad Hospitals, Inc., will provide this year's Carl G. and Gladys L. Herrington Distinguished Endowed Lecture at Rogers State University on Tuesday, April 18.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. in RSU's Will Rogers Auditorium. The late Carl G. and Gladys L. Herrington established the Herrington Distinguished Lectureship Endowment through the Rogers State University Foundation. Shelton's presentation is the 12th in the Herrington Lecture Series.

Shelton founded Plano, Texas-based Triad Hospitals in May 1999 by acquiring a group of hospitals from his former employer, HCA. A Fortune 500 company, Triad Hospitals is publicly traded and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The company and its affiliates own and manage 49 hospitals and 10 ambulatory surgery centers in 15 states with approximately 8,845 licensed beds. The company and its subsidiaries also provide hospital management, consulting and advisory services to more than 180 independent community hospitals and health systems throughout the United States.

Shelton joined HCA as President of the Central Group in 1994. Previously, he held various executive positions with National Medical Enterprises including executive vice president, senior vice president and regional vice president. He has been a hospital administrator in Louisiana, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia and Illinois.

He serves on the board of the American Hospital Association and is a member of its executive committee. He also is a former chairman of the board of the Federation of American Hospitals.

Shelton earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Missouri and a bachelor's degree in history from Louisiana State University.

The Herrington family established the lectureship endowment as a way to provide exceptional educational opportunities at RSU. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education provided matching funds for the endowment.

Mr. Herrington, a retired Exxon executive, served on the RSU Foundation Board of Directors and was a longtime supporter of the university. In 1990, RSU awarded Mr. Herrington the Jefferson Fellow Award. The university's Herrington Hall, which houses RSU's School of Business and Technology, was named in honor of the Herrington family.

For more information, call the RSU Foundation at (918) 343-7773.