Chair of the Foundation Board
Harvey Fishero was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Medical Center of Plano from 1996-2008. He was an executive staff member of the Hospital Corporation of America for 35 years. Today he is an active community volunteer and serves as a healthcare consultant.
Ruben E. Esquivel
Vice Chair of the Foundation Board/ VP Community and Corporate Relations, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Ruben E. Esquivel is Vice President for Community and Corporate Relations of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, a position he has held since 1995. UT Southwestern is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, patient-care providers and research institutions. Its 1,600-member faculty includes four Nobel laureates, 18 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 18 members elected to the Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Baron Hamman, MD
CMO, TX Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington
Dr. Baron Hamman is the Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas and a Cardiac Surgeon at Heartplace in Dallas and the Texas Health Heart and Vascular Hospital in Arlington. Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, he has authored numerous medical articles.
W. Stephen Love
President and Chief Executive Officer, DFWHC
Mr. W. Stephen Love is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council which promotes collaboration, cooperation and advocacy on behalf of its 75 member hospitals. DFWHC also has approximately 50 Associate (business and industry) Members including prominent accounting, legal and consulting firms. The primary mission is to promote patient safety, quality healthcare and coordination in the delivery of healthcare within the North Texas market.
Chief Executive Officer, GUIDEIT
Chuck Lyles was a long-time Dell Inc. vice president in charge of the healthcare industry group. Today, he is chief executive officer of GUIDEIT, a market leading Information Technology company providing solutions to organizations with complex IT business issues focused on market growth and optimization.
Matt Murray, M.D.
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, Cook Children’s Hospital System
Matt Murray, MD is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Cook Children’s Hospital System in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to 20+ years of clinical practice he has participated in a broad range of health IT activities. He previously served as Chief Medical Information Officer and Senior V.P. of Information Technology at Cook Children’s.
Carol Gregory, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Executive, HCA North Texas Division
Carol Gregory is HCA North Texas Division’s first Chief Nursing Executive. In this role, she streamlines best practices among the nurses at its 15 hospitals and 79 patient care sites. Carol’s role also includes nurse and physician collaboration, sharing and deploying best practices, and recognition for the impact nurses and their team members have on patients.
Steve R. Newton, FACHE
President, North Texas Operations, Baylor Scott & White Health
Steve R. Newton is president of Baylor Health Care System West Region, including Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine and Baylor Medical Center at Irving. He is also the President of Baylor All Saints Medical Center, a 530-bed facility serving Tarrant County.
Irving Prengler, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer, Baylor Scott & White Health
Since 2005, Dr. Prengler has served as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Baylor Scott & White Health. His responsibilities include Medical Staff Services, Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education, Care Coordination and oversight of the medical staffs and Chief Medical Officers.
Merlyn Sayers, MB, BCh, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Carter Bloodcare
Dr. Merlyn Sayers has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Carter Bloodcare since its formation in 1998. He is an internist with 25 years of experience in blood banking and transfusion medicine.
Mary Stowe, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Children’s Health System
As SVP and Chief Nursing Officer, Mary oversees strategic development, clinical operations and clinical practice for the Division of Nursing, and has responsibility for the Accreditation and Regulatory Readiness Department at Children’s Health, Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Her strategic portfolio includes approximately 3800 FTEs, and responsibility of the preeminent service lines including The Heart Center, The Pauline F. Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, and Transplantation.
Pam Stoyanoff, MBA, CPA
Executive Vice President and COO, Methodist Health System
Pamela began her career at Arthur Anderson & Co. Prior to coming to Dallas, she was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for St. Vincent Health System, Arkansas. After 7 years, she was recruited to the Methodist Health System in Dallas as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. Pam has responsibility for the hospital campuses as well as various Corporate functions (IT, Materials Management, Quality) and the Residency programs.
Ferdinand Velasco, M.D.
SVP and Chief Medical Information Officer, Texas Health Resources
Ferdinand T. Velasco, M.D., is Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer of Texas Health Resources (THR), located in Arlington, Texas. He is the physician champion for THR’s medical informatics initiatives and provides clinical and executive leadership for the organization’s electronic health record initiative.
Karen Watts, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Executive Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer, Parkland Health & Hospital System
Karen has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Parkland for 1.5 years, and helped develop the first Parkland Nursing Strategic Plan. She has experience as a past CNO in 3 other health systems and a background in quality management, strategic planning, business administration, physician practice management and patient safety. Karen is passionate about nursing and patient care and is helping to advance professional practice and supporting future Pathway to Excellence and Magnet recognition.
Stephanie L. Woods, RN, PhD
Associate Dean and Associate Professor, The Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing- Texas Women’s University