He was in the current graduate class. She was visiting San Antonio during Preceptors’ Conference. “When we met, we both knew this was the beginning of a great life together.” He is Peyton Elliott ’07. She is Holly Elliott ’05. They are the joint recipients of the 2018 Trinity University Health Care Administration Alumni Association (HCADAA) Momentum Award.The award was presented on Oct. 18, 2018 during the annual dinner at The Pearl Studio in San Antonio. The Momentum Award was established the in 2015 to recognize performance excellence in health care management in young careerists.
After an administrative fellowship at Memorial Hermann in Houston, Holly began her career there as director of operations. In 2010, she joined Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital as director of business development and The Fetal Center before becoming chief operating officer (COO). In February 2017, she was named vice president of Women’s and Children’s Services with HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) Gulf Coast Division’s The Woman’s Hospital of Texas.
Peyton began his career at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas. After an administration fellowship, he joined Houston Methodist Hospital System—holding positions at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and the corporate office of Houston Methodist Hospital System. He served as vice president of operations and finance at Houston Methodist West Hospital, which he helped develop and open in 2010 before being named chief executive officer (CEO) of HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division—affiliated Park Plaza Hospital in Houston. He will assume his new role on Dec. 29, 2018. He is a member of ACHE, serves on the Board of Directors of the Katy Economic Development Council and is an alumnus of the Leadership Development Council of the Texas Hospital Association.
Holly says the couple have been intentional with their respective careers to ensure that they do not have conflicts at work. “We differentiated our careers early on in order to make sure that we could both progress when the timing was right,” she explains. That approach has worked well as her interests have always been in women’s and children’s services and he has always thrived in operations and finance roles. Both acknowledge the Trinity HCAD program as influential in their careers and appreciate the vibrancy of the alumni network. “You very quickly identify your fellow HCAD alumni when entering a new organization,” says Holly.
“Now that we are both in executive level roles in HCA within the same division, we continue to differentiate as best as possible. It has actually been a much easier transition than we both thought. We respect and support each other’s professional careers. Now it is exciting to be on the same team at HCA,” she says.
Upon learning the couple would receive the Momentum Award, Holly was “surprised” and “speechless.” Thrilled at sharing the award with Peyton she says, “I could not imagine experiencing it any differently.”
In addition to their passion for the same industry, the Elliotts love golfing together and any activity that they can do as a family, which includes two young children and an English cocker spaniel. On weekends they are often found on their pontoon boat with family and friends at a parent’s lake house.
By Mary Denny