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Alumni Updates

As of November 30, 2015

Dale Strassheim ’72 retired from The Baby Fold located in Normal, IL, in July 2014. Dale continues to be a mentor with the MCLP (Multi Cultural Leadership Program) in McLean County. He is a member of the board of the Heartland Bank and Trust Bank and chairs the Audit Committee and serves on the Trust Committee. He became the Interim President and CEO of the United Methodist Children's Home in Mt. Vernon, IL in May 2015 and will likely be in this position until a permanent President/CEO is named. He is on the search committee.

Joel Allison ’73, CEO of Baylor Scott & White, was honored last month in Dallas as the keynote recipient at the annual Spirit of Generations Award Luncheon. His career in the health care field began more than 40 years ago at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene where he rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer. After several CEO stints in Missouri and again in Texas, he joined Baylor Health Care System in 1993 and served as Baylor’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was promoted to President and CEO in 2000 – the position he held until his appointment as head of the newly formed Baylor Scott & White Health in 2013. He serves on the Healthcare Leadership Council and the United Surgical Partners International Board. In addition, he is involved in many other state and local organizations including the Texas Business Leadership Council, Baylor University Board of Regents and Dallas Citizens Council.

William Johnson ’76 retired in April 2015 after forty years in the health care industry. His most recent job was Regional IT Director for two hospitals in Northwest Alabama that are part of a larger, for-profit hospital system. William is now devoting himself to enjoying retired life with his wife, Linda, traveling and a variety of projects. He shares that he became a grandfather in November. 

Lucas Snipes ’77 retired in June 2015 after just over forty years as a health care executive. Lucas spent more than thirty of these years in the hospital (and then system) where he completed his Trinity HCAD residency (and also where he served as a preceptor for not only students from Trinity but also the Medical College of Virginia, Georgia State, George Washington, Duke, Pitt, James Madison, Houston Clearwater, Mary Baldwin and Miami). Earlier this year, his wife, Judie, also retired and in April 2015, she was awarded the Regent's Senior Executive of the Year for Virginia by ACHE - an award he received in 1999. Their retirement plans include keeping current as health care executives - ACHE clusters, weekly Medical Grand Rounds, the Virginia Health Care Safety Summit, Labor Law seminars and ACHE HEG attendance….and a visit to Trinity.

Bill Gracey '80 joined the future board of directors of Community Health Systems, Inc.'s planned spin-off company, Quorum Health Corporation. Bill serves as President and CEO of Alliance Blue Cross Blue Shield in Chattanooga, TN.

Larry Graham ’82 was elected as the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) Board of Trustees Chair for 2015-2016. Larry serves as President and CEO of Lake Charles Memorial Health System in Lake Charles, LA, a position he has held since December 2006. Since Larry took the leadership position at Memorial, he has spearheaded improvements in the hospital’s quality, infrastructure, financial position, service excellence program and staffing. Larry's career and reputation as a leader in health care began in 1976 where he spent 15 years in administration at several Texas hospitals, including Round Rock Hospital and Terrell Community Hospital. He then joined Universal Health Services as CEO of two of their Louisiana Hospitals, Chalmette Medical Center, followed by Methodist Hospital in New Orleans. Both hospitals sustained major damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina and were closed in 2005.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has elected seven new members to its board of trustees, to include INTEGRIS President and CEO Bruce Lawrence ’82. Bruce has been with the INTEGRIS system since 2001 and moved into his current position in 2010. Bruce is past Chairman of the board of the Oklahoma Hospital Association, Secretary of the board of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of the VHA/UHC Alliance, Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, State Fair Park and Central Oklahoma United Way. Bruce will serve as Chair of AHA’s Regional Policy Board 7 for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2016. The board of trustees is the policy-making body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances.

Doug Ashby ’83 retired as Army Medical Service Corps Officer and as Health System Specialist. He now serves as Part-Time Consultant and Exam Developer for Health Care Administration and Emergency Management courses with Certification Management Services Company. He lives in San Antonio.

The Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, appointed John Haupert B.S. ’83, M.S.-HCAD ’92 to the Georgia Board of Public Health. John serves as President and CEO of Grady Health System in Atlanta, GA.

Renato Baciarelli ’85 is now Senior Vice President, Operations & System Services of PeaceHealth in Vancouver, WA.  

Paula Turner Turicchi ’88 was named Chair of the Women’s Health Advisory Committee, a group required by Senate Bill 200 during the 84th Legislative Session. The committee will discuss issues pertaining to women’s health programs in Texas and submit its recommendations to the Health and Human Services Commission. Paula serves as Administrator of Women & Infants Specialty Health at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas.

Dorothy Alaniz Benavidez ’89 was recently promoted to Executive Vice President of CRAssociates, Inc. based in Newington, VA.

Harry Hutchison ’91 was recently nominated among five people by a weekly publication Arkansas Business as the nonprofit organization CFO of the Year. Harry serves as Vice President of Finance at St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro, AR.



Peter Mulkey '91 received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award at the Clinch Valley Health Board and Medical Executive Committee meeting held on November 4, 2015. The Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award recognizes ACHE members who are experienced in the field and have made significant contributions to the advancement of health care management excellence and the achievement of ACHE’s goals. Peter has served as CEO of Clinch Valley Health in Richlands, VA since June 2013. 

Ken Okolo, Ph.D., ’92, formerly the Chief Operating Officer, was recently named the new acting CEO of The Governor Juan F. Luis Hospiral & Medical Center in Christiansted, VI.  




Kyle Kirkpatrick ’94 is now Senior Manager of Healthcare Strategy & Operations with Deloitte Consulting LLP in Dallas, TX.

Cristina Flores Schnoke ’94 is teaching as a Medical Business Management teacher at Health Careers High School in San Antonio.

Keith Barber ’96 was promoted to CEO after being the Regional CFO of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. Keith joined Houston Methodist in 2012 and had an immediate impact, helping Houston Methodist Willowbrook thrive and grow to better serve its community. Prior to joining Houston Methodist, he served as COO of Tomball Regional Hospital where he also served as Interim CEO.



Matt Chance ’98 was promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, TX.

Kevin Ormand ’98 was promoted to Principal for The Chartis Group. He is based in Austin, TX.

The Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange has appointed Sally Hurt-Deitch ’03 to its board. Sally serves as Market CEO of Sierra Providence Health Network in El Paso, TX. 

Longview native, Casey Robertson ’04, who since 2010 has been CEO of Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, TX, was promoted CEO of Longview Regional Medical Center in July 2015.





Jon Duckert ’05 was appointed CEO at Baylor Medical Center at Uptown in Dallas, TX.

Linda Chen ’06 was promoted to Chief Financial Officer for Coordinated Health (CH), the region’s leading acute-care and specialty surgical hospital network, in Allentown, PA. Linda is responsible for financial planning, supply chain and materials management for CH’s hospitals, clinics, physician practices, rehabilitation and imaging centers across 17 locations. She joins CH from Community Health Systems (CHS), one of the nation’s largest publicly traded, for-profit hospital companies, where she served for four years, most recently as CFO of Easton Hospital. While at Easton Hospital, Linda dramatically improved many key hospital efficiency rates. She led the financial management for the overall hospital, its many multiple-specialty physician practices and a joint venture ambulatory surgery center.

Kyle Swift ’06 was promoted to CEO of Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas in July 2015. Kyle has more than nine years of hospital management experience. Since 2011, Kyle has served as CEO of Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado where he oversaw a $3.5 million renovation and expansion of the emergency department and grew outpatient services and patient access.

BlueHub Health, founded by Buzz White B.S.’04, M.S.-HCAD’06 in 2014 as a mission driven company to serve patients by giving them the power to collect and share their medical record with their providers, has been acquired by Afoundria. Buzz joins the Afoundria team as Chief Consumer and Chief Product Officer.

Warren Yehl B.A.’07, M.S.-HCAD’09 became Chief Operating Officer at MountainView Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM in September 2015.

Jillian Springer B.S. ’07, M.S.-HCAD ’10 transitioned to Regional Director of Hospice Operations - Valley Area for Sutter Care at Home in Northern California. 


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