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Leadership at Methodist Health System in North Texas
The leadership of Methodist Health System in North Texas is guided by our founding principles of life, learning, and compassion.
Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE
President and CEO, Methodist Health System
Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, is president and CEO of Methodist Health System, having assumed the role in 2006. Before joining Methodist, Dr. Mansfield served seven years as president and CEO of the five-hospital St. Vincent Health System based in Little Rock, Ark., and prior to that he held a variety of administrative positions within the Baptist Memorial Health Care System in Memphis, Tenn., for 23 years.
Under his guidance, Methodist Health System has doubled in size and experienced the most profitable years in its history. Methodist has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the nation's top health care performance improvement leaders, and it has earned honors from publications including Modern Healthcare, the Dallas Business Journal, and The Dallas Morning News as a leading employer and recognized as a Best Place to Work. In 2012, Modern Healthcare listed Methodist among the “40 Fastest Growing Healthcare Companies in America.”
Dr. Mansfield holds a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration from Ottawa University in Kansas, an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. He is an active member of the Dallas Regional Chamber®. Dr. Mansfield is also a member of the board of directors for Dallas County Community College District Foundation; a board member of the Dallas Citizens Council; a board member of the North Texas Commission; a board member of the NRMI of the University of Tennessee @ Martin; a board member of MD Buyline; and a member of the Institute of Healthcare Executives and Suppliers. Dr. Mansfield was named to the 2011 Becker's Hospital Review "Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know" list and was acknowledged by the Texas Chapter of the March of Dimes as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser. In 2012, he was recognized with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the health care provider category. In 2013 Dr. Mansfield was a recipient of the inaugural Becker's Healthcare 2013 Leadership Awards and was named among the Dallas Business Journal's DFW Who's Who in Health Care and Becker's Hospital Review's 130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know.
In 2014, Dr. Mansfield was named D CEO’s Inaugural Outstanding Healthcare Executive. He was one of eight hospital and health system executives named to the Becker's Hospital Review Advisory Board. He also serves as the 2014 board chairman for the Dallas Regional Chamber.
Dr. Mansfield is deeply committed to Methodist's mission to improve and save lives through compassionate, quality health care. He views his leadership role as a ministry to serve people from all walks of life in a rapidly changing health care environment. He is a sought-after expert on the topics of leadership, wellness, and sustainable models of accountable care.
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Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Methodist Health System
Pam Stoyanoff is an executive vice president and chief operating officer for Methodist Health System with operational accountability for information technology, materials management, quality, case management, health information management, and graduate medical education programs. Additionally, she leads cross-functional teams tasked with addressing several major initiatives associated with process and performance improvement in key system operational areas.
Prior to coming to Methodist, Stoyanoff served as the senior vice-president/chief financial officer for the five-hospital St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her tenure also includes positions as vice-president of transformation and integration for Vista Health, and as controller/compliance officer and director of finance. A certified public accountant, Stoyanoff's first post-graduate employment was as a senior auditor for Arthur Anderson.
Stoyanoff is a native of Chicago. She earned an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in Lake Forest, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration/accounting from Valparaiso University in Indiana.
Stoyanoff was honored as one of the Dallas Business Journal’s 2010 Women in Business. In 2011, she was named among "56 Women Hospital & Health Care Leaders to Know" by Becker's Hospital Review magazine. Stoyanoff was recognized as one of the North Dallas Corridor's 2012 Top Female Executives by ADDISON Magazine and was included in Becker's Hospital Review in the 2012 and 2013 lists of "Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know."
Michael J. Schaefer
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Methodist Health System
Michael Schaefer has been with Methodist Health System for more than 30 years, serving as senior vice president, assistant vice president of finance, and controller before becoming executive vice president and chief financial officer. Before joining Methodist, Schaefer was an audit supervisor with Ernst & Ernst, Dallas, Texas.
Schaefer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from St. Cloud College, St. Cloud, Minnesota. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
In 2011, Schaefer earned the Lifetime Achievement Award in CFO of the Year recognition from the Dallas Business Journal.
Michael "Mickey" O. Price
Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Methodist Health System
Mickey Price has served as chief legal officer and executive vice president for legal affairs at Methodist Health System since 2000. He provides legal counsel on various business and health law matters to our management and various boards including our corporate board of directors. He also oversees our legal affairs department and corporate risk management team, and directs our business ethics committee.
Price's past professional roles include assistant general counsel at Baylor Health Care System and partner with the firm Burford & Ryburn, LLP. He is licensed by the State Bar of Texas, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. His memberships include the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, and the Dallas Bar Association.
Price graduated cum laude from West Chester State University in Pennsylvania, and received his law degree from Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas.
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Laura Irvine, FACHE
Executive Vice President for Integration and Alignment, Methodist Health System
Laura Irvine joined Methodist Health System in 1996 as an administrative resident at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. In three short years, she advanced to vice president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center. In 2001, she accepted a position as senior vice president of planning and marketing for Methodist Health System, a position she held until her promotion to president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. In March 2011 she was appointed president of Methodist Dallas Medical Center. in January 2014 she was named executive vice president for integration and alignment for Methodist Health System, responsible for leading the ongoing implementation of health care reform initiatives, integration and alignment of Methodist’s physician enterprises, accountable care organizations, expansion of care delivery centers, population health management, and growth in Methodist’s overall non-hospital health care delivery migration.
As senior vice president of planning and marketing, Irvine brought together more than 80 members of Methodist's administration, medical staff, board of directors, and community to create the system's first-ever comprehensive strategic plan. She was also instrumental in planning our first major expansion in more than 25 years, an 80-bed hospital in Mansfield with a nearby imaging center and doctor's office complex.
Irvine holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Baylor University and a master's degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University.
Irvine's accomplishments have been recognized by several professional organizations with awards such as the inaugural Young Healthcare Executive of the Year award by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, the Up and Comers award by Modern Healthcare magazine, and the Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent's Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2012, Methodist Dallas and Irvine were honored by inclusion in the Becker's Hospital Review list of "100 Leaders of Great Hospitals" and was included in Becker's Hospital Review' in the 2012 and 2013 list of "Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know."
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Cheryl Flynn, SPHR
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Methodist Health System
Cheryl Flynn joined Methodist Health System as senior vice president of human resources in August 2013. In her role, Flynn serves as Methodist’s lead executive responsible for strategic transformational leadership. She develops policy, and directs all human resources activities for Methodist Health System including recruitment, employee relations, employee satisfaction, compensation, benefits, leadership training and development, work community of choice initiatives, and employee health services.
Prior to joining Methodist, Flynn served as chief human resources officer for NCH Corporation in Irving, a global company with 8,500 employees in 52 countries. Prior to NCH, she spent the majority of her career with LSG Sky Chefs in a variety of progressively more responsible roles, concluding with senior vice president of human resources for the Americas region during which she oversaw all human resources activities for more than 90 locations in North and South America.
Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute.
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Pamela G. McNutt, FCHIME Pam McNutt is senior vice president and chief information officer for Methodist Health System. McNutt's experience in the field of health care information technology spans nearly 30 years, the last 18 of which have been in the role of CIO at Methodist. Prior to joining Methodist in 1993, she worked for Medicus/HBOC and Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Methodist Health System
McNutt is a fellow of both the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). She is also actively involved with the Healthcare Information Systems Executives Association. She currently serves on the CHIME board of trustees and is a former director for the HIMSS national board.
McNutt has been nationally recognized for her work. She is the 2002 John Gall CIO of the Year, and received the HIMSS Leadership Award in 2001 and the HIMSS Information Systems Award in 1998. She participated as a faculty member for the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp 2003-2006. In 2010 McNutt was named a "Rising Star to Watch" by Healthcare IT News.
In 2011, McNutt was named one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare. She was also honored among "56 Women Hospital & Health care Leaders to Know" by Becker's Hospital Review magazine.
McNutt currently serves as a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Data Initiative Executive Committee, and a member of the State of Texas' Health Care Information Council Hospital Data Collection Workgroup. She holds a BBA degree in statistics and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, and has pursued postgraduate studies in management information systems at George Washington University.
Fran Laukaitis, MHA, BSN, FACHE
President, Methodist Charlton Medical Center
Fran Laukaitis became president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center in March 2015. Prior to being named president, Laukaitis served as interim president and chief nursing officer at Methodist Charlton. Laukaitis is the first registered nurse (RN) to become president of a Methodist Health System facility.
During her time at Methodist Charlton, Laukaitis has been instrumental in improving the quality of care provided to all patients. The number of patients who leave the emergency department without being seen has been greatly reduced. Patient satisfaction results have improved dramatically. New units, such as the intermediate care unit, have been opened to better serve the needs of the hospital’s population. Joint Commission surveys have been successful and Methodist Charlton now has a STEMI program for fast heart attack care, as well as primary stroke accreditation. All of these combined help raise the bar for quality and solidify Methodist Charlton's position in its market as a competitive leader.
Laukaitis began her nursing career with hospitals throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Texas. Her first chief nursing officer role was in 1999 in Kalispell, Montana. After spending seven years in that role, she was promoted to the chief operating officer for the same facility where she served an additional four years. In 2010, she joined Methodist Charlton as chief nursing officer.
Martin L. Koonsman, MD, FACS
President, Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Martin L. Koonsman, MD, FACS, is president of Methodist Dallas Medical Center. He has been practicing medicine for 27 years as a general surgeon. Prior to be named president, he served as the chief medical officer for Methodist Dallas, working with all medical staff to advance the quality of care provided and services offered.
Dr. Koonsman graduated from Texas A&M University in 1984 and from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in 1988. He then came to Methodist Dallas for a five-year residency in general surgery and stayed with the organization to practice medicine. Dr. Koonsman has served as chair of the department of surgery, president of the Methodist Dallas medical staff, chairman of the corporate medical board for Methodist Health System, member of the board of directors for Methodist Health System, member of the board of directors for the Methodist Patient Centered ACO and member of the board of directors for Dallas Methodist Physicians Network.
Dr. Koonsman is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Dallas Society of General Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, Texas Medical Association, and Dallas County Medical Society.
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John E. Phillips, FACHE
President, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
John Phillips is president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, having assumed the role in August 2011. He oversees operations of a 254-bed non-profit tertiary, acute care hospital with more than 1,000 employees and 200 physicians. Phillips has been instrumental in leading and growing the hospital, which just broke ground on a new $11.8 million 82,000 square foot professional office building and in December opened a $118 million Amon G. Carter Heart and Vascular Center and patient tower in 2015, to meet the needs of the communities in Tarrant, Johnson and Ellis counties.
Under Phillips’ leadership, Methodist Mansfield was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and stroke during the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 calendar years and consistently earns A ratings on The Leapfrog’s’ Group Safety Score and HCAHPS top ratings on patient satisfaction.
Under Phillips’ guidance, the hospital earned Disease Specific Certification by the Joint Commission for stroke and chest pain and the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Silver Award from TMF Health Quality Institute for improving outcomes in patient care and specific national quality measures. Methodist Health System, of which Methodist Mansfield is a part, was named one of the Top 10 Best Places to Work by the Dallas Business Journal, 14 years in a row, listed among the top 150 Best Places to Work in healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review, and for five consecutive years recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association.
Phillips earned a MBA from Hardin-Simmons University and a Master of Health Care Administration from Trinity University.
Among his many accomplishments, Phillips was named Executive of the Year from the Fort Worth Business Press and is among Becker’s Hospital Review’s top CEOs. He serves on the Texas Hospital Association Policy Committee on Quality and Patient Safety and Committee on Excellence in Community Service Award. Locally, Phillips serves on the board of trustees for the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council and board of directors for the Mansfield Economic Development Corporation, Mansfield ISD Education Foundation Board, Mansfield Chamber and Arlington YMCA Community Advisory Board.
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E. Kenneth Hutchenrider, Jr., FACHE
President, Methodist Richardson Medical Center
E. Kenneth Hutchenrider joined Methodist Health System as president of Methodist Richardson Medical Center in July 2010.
Prior to joining Methodist, Hutchenrider served as chief executive officer of Community Health Systems’ Galesburg Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, Illinois. While at Galesburg Cottage Hospital, he substantially increased financial stability and strengthened the management team and medical staff. Before serving at Galesburg, Mr. Hutchenrider was chief executive officer for Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. He has also served in leadership roles at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City, Kansas, Columbia Davis Hospital in Layton, Utah, and Humana Hospital in Clear Lake, Texas.
Hutchenrider holds a BA from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Houston Clear Lake.