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Spring 2016

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When visiting HCAD students, faculty and alumni during alumni events in Chicago in March 2016, Richard Kowalski ’71 generously offered to mentor HCAD students or recent graduates if they would like to talk with a “mature" retired alumnus. If interested, please contact nford1 [at] for his contact information.

Joel Allison ‘73, the longtime Baylor Health Care System CEO who helped orchestrate a merger with Temple’s Scott & White, has announced plans to step down as Chief Executive in February 2017. The Board of Trustees will conduct a national search to find his replacement. Joel will begin a new role as Senior Adviser to the Chairman of the Board to help in advocacy, philanthropy, and expanding medical education opportunities inside Baylor. Joel plans to relocate to Waco and have an office in Temple. He became CEO in 2000, taking over for his mentor, Boone Powell, Jr. He spent seven years before that as Chief Operating Officer. It is noteworthy that Joel is the only CEO in the history of Baylor Scott & White Health, which became the state’s largest health system after the merger in 2013.

Kay Peck B.A.’71, M.S.-HCAD ’73 was appointed the new Executive Officer of the future HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Modesto, California. The hospital will be a 50-bed inpatient physical rehabilitation center scheduled to open in late June 2016. The hospital will help patients recover from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, complex orthopedic conditions and cardiac and pulmonary conditions. Kay will oversee all of the hospital’s day-to-day operations as well as patient quality and care. She spent the last 20 years in a variety of management roles at Kindred Healthcare in San Antonio. She also earned a doctorate of public policy/epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health. 

Jonny Hipp ’84, who has served as Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of the Nueces County Hospital District since 1997, received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent's Award at the Texas Hospital Association Annual Conference & Expo. The award was given to Jonny by Michael Nowicki, ACHE's regent for Central and South Texas and Professor of Health Administration at Texas State University. 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. He has been the mainstay of ACHE's Coastal Bend Local Program Council and has mentored several health care executives in Corpus Christi.  

Marcy Doderer B.S. '89, President and CEO of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, presented a lecture on “The Business of Healthcare: What Makes it Special” in February as part of the Davis Family Lecture Series. Marcy took the helm as President and Chief Executive Officer of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) in July 2013. Prior to her role at ACH, she served as a member of senior leadership for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System in San Antonio, Texas in various capacities since 2002. She became Administrator for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital in 2008 and led the effort to transform the facility into the free standing Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Marcy’s previous leadership experience includes positions at CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Health System and McCuistion Regional Medical Center, both in Paris, Texas and Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Jim VanderSteeg ’89 was named the new President and CEO of Covenant Health in Knoxville, Tennessee on April 1, following the transition of Anthony L. “Tony” Spezia to CEO Emeritus. Previously, Jim served as Executive Vice President of Operations for Covenant Health. Jim joined Covenant Health in 2007 after nearly two decades in administrative and executive leadership roles at Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation, a health care delivery system with 13 hospitals in Tennessee and Mississippi.    

In January 2016, Ann Brown ’94 was appointed Director to oversee the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS). Ann oversees delivery of health care to more than 90,000 veterans and an operating budget of $916 million. She joined the VA more than 19 years ago and most recently, she served as Director of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. VAGLAHS consists of three ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and eight community-based outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS serves veterans residing throughout five counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. There are approximately 1.4 million veterans in the VAGLAHS service area.

Corinne Smith B.S. ’86, M.S.-HCAD ’94, JD recently joined Strasburger’s Healthcare Team in Austin after nearly a decade serving as in-house counsel to both Seton Healthcare Family and to UT Medicine, part of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Her primary focus is on structuring complex health care transactions and assisting health care clients with regulatory and operational aspects of health law. 

In December 2015, Michael Shockney ’96 was named Director of Payor Relations at Dermatology Associates in Dallas, Texas.  Dermatology Associates is a family of dermatology and dermatological surgery practices currently located throughout most of Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth, East Texas, Austin/ Central Texas, San Antonio and Houston) and in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Matt Troup ’96 became President and CEO of the Conway Regional Health System in Conway, Arkansas in August when the CHI St. Vincent Health System entered into a management agreement with the Conway Regional Health System. Matt has approximately 20 years of experience in hospital administration, having worked in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and Arkansas. Prior to his present role, Matt served as Chief Operating Officer at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma and from there went to Florida as COO and Site Administrator at a trauma-level, 514-bed facility. More recently, he, his wife and their family of four sons moved to Little Rock and he became Vice President of Ancillary and Support Services at St. Vincent Health System.


Xavier Villarreal ’97 was selected as CEO of North Hills Hospital - a member of the HCA North Texas Division – with 18 years of health care leadership experience following a national search. Xavier assumes the position following the retirement of Randy Moresi, who served 25 years in that capacity for the facility in North Richland Hills, Texas. Most recently, Xavier served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CHRISTUS Spohn Shoreline and Memorial Hospitals in Corpus Christi, Texas. Prior to joining CHRISTUS Spohn, he served for seven years as the CEO of Navarro Regional Hospital, a 162-bed acute care hospital in Corsicana, Texas, and as COO at Abilene Regional Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. Xavier worked for Hillcrest HealthCare System in Tulsa, Oklahoma for eight years during which he served as CEO at the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau, Oklahoma and Fairfax Memorial Hospital in Fairfax, Oklahoma.

In March 2016, Steven Burghart ’98 was named President of SSM Health's Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Steven is responsible for leading the 195-bed academic pediatric hospital that specializes in neonatology, cardiology, pediatric and fetal surgery and cancer services. Prior to joining St. Louis-based SSM Health, Steven was CEO of Holtz Children's Hospital and The Women's Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, part of Miami-based Jackson Health System. He previously worked for Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare in several roles, including COO of Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, COO of Hialeah (Florida) Hospital and Associate Administrator at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Allen Dye ’98 was promoted from EVP to COO in 2015 for Censeo Health, LLC in Dallas, Texas.





In February 2016, Patricia Keel ’01 was appointed Chief Financial Officer of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Patricia leads the hospital's financial strategy and management as St. Jude embarks on a $7 billion, six-year plan for conquering cancer and other childhood diseases. Patricia was most recently with University Health System in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President. In addition, she held leadership roles with Good Shepherd Health System in Longview, Texas and CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System in Shreveport.

Court LeMaistre '03 was recently appointed to serve as Chief Operating Officer of Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. In his previous position, Court served as COO of HCA Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, where he led the newly formed Fort Worth Transplant Institute, achieving accreditation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a milestone of 40 kidney transplants in 2014 and continued expansion of the program in 2015. Prior, he served as COO at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital in Georgetown, Texas, and Vice President of Operations at HCA Summerville Medical Center in Summerville, South Carolina.


Roxanne Rosa ’03 was one of six scholars selected for the Class of 2016 in the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program. Roxanne serves as Executive Director of University Health System in San Antonio, Texas.  



Jessica (Rangel) O’Neal ’04 has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of West Florida Healthcare in Pensacola, Florida. Jessica will oversee the functions of several hospital service lines, including surgical services, cardiology, diagnostic imaging and laboratory. She will also serve as a key member of the hospital’s leadership team and will help provide direction for patient satisfaction and quality initiatives. Jessica began her career in health care at Methodist Health System in Dallas, where she completed an administrative fellowship. During the past five years, Jessica served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Operations for Methodist Dallas Medical Center. She also served as the administrative team lead for the Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower in Dallas. She also served as the administrative lead for planning and development of the Methodist Brain and Spine Institute and the Methodist Dallas Digestive Institute that includes centers of excellence for pancreas, liver, metabolic system, esophageal, inflammatory bowel disease and interventional endoscopy. She was named “Young Healthcare Executive of the Year” for 2013 by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council. She was also named a member of the “40 Under 40” Class of 2011 by the Dallas Business Journal.

Trey Abshier ’05 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He joins the administrative team with extensive hospital operations and leadership experience, having most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer at Delray Medical Center, a 493-bed acute care hospital in Delray Beach.



Fraser Hay ’07 recently changed roles within Texas Health Resources. In September 2015, Fraser was promoted to Vice President of Professional and Support Services at the Texas Health Plano facility. Previously, he served as Professional Services Officer at Texas Health Southwest Hospital where he had been for the past five years.

Shawn Harkey ’08 is now Chief Operating Officer for Retina Consultants of Houston. His wife, Megan (Jay) Harkey B.S.’06, M.S.-HCAD'08, is now the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance since September 2013. 






Vijay Patel ’10 is Manager - Health Advisory at Ernst & Young LLP in Dallas, Texas.

Aimee Arzoumanian ’13 was recently named Assistant Chief Executive Officer for Sparks Health System in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Aimee, a hospitalist and former Assistant Administrator for Sparks, will oversee operations at Sparks Medical Center in Van Buren and select departments at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith. She succeeds Anthony Brooks in the Assistant CEO position.


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