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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 North Texas. Click to enlarge image.











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.

Interviews and media featuring Dr. Mansfield:

Pamela Stoyanoff, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Methodist Health System


Pamela Stoyanoff 
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 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

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.

Laura Irvine, FACHE, Executive Vice President for Integration and Alignment and President, Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Click to enlarge image.

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." 

April Box Chamberlain, CFRE, President and CEO, Methodist Health System Foundation, Senior Vice President External Affairs, Methodist Health System

April Box, CFRE
President and CEO, Methodist Health System Foundation
Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Methodist Health System

April Box is a Memphis native but longtime Dallas resident. She joined the Methodist Health System Foundation in 2002 with a vision of "putting Methodist on the philanthropic map in Dallas."

Box brings over 20 years of experience in positively impacting organizations through fundraising and innovative programs. Before joining Methodist, she served as vice president of Baylor Health Care System Foundation and worked as a political consultant and fundraiser in North Texas.

In July 2011 Box was promoted to an expanded role to include senior vice president of external affairs for Methodist Health System, lending her expertise and oversight to the marketing, public relations, community relations, and government affairs departments for the system.

Box holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee, and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Active in community and philanthropic service, she is a member of the Young President’s Organization, the International Women’s Forum, and currently serves as a board member for the State Fair of Texas.

In 2013, Box was recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive at the National Philanthropy Day Awards, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dallas Chapter.

Cheryl Flynn, SPHR, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Methodist Health System, Dallas, Texas

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.

Pamela G. McNutt, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Methodist Health System

Pamela G. McNutt, FCHIME
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Methodist Health System

 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. 

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


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. 

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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.

John E. Phillips, FACHE, president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

John E. Phillips, FACHE
President, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center 

John Phillips joined Methodist Health System as president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center in August 2011.

Prior to joining Methodist, Phillips served as regional chief operating officer of CHRISTUS, St. Michael Health System in Texarkana,  where he oversaw operations of a 312-bed non-profit tertiary, acute care hospital, a 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital, a 30-bed LTACH, home care, and an employed physician group.

Among his team's many accomplishments include leading CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in 2011 to Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® for large community hospitals, and in 2010 Modern Healthcare #1 Best Place to Work in the Nation and #6 Best Company in Texas for all industries. He also led the development of new service lines including a neonatal intensive care unit, joint replacement center of excellence, spine center of excellence and hip fracture center of excellence and led negotiations of physician co-management agreements.

Prior to his role with St. Michael, he served as chief operating officer for Davis Regional Medical Center in N.C. and administrator of Eastland Memorial Hospital in Eastland TX. Phillips is a seasoned health care executive who began his career at Hendrick Health System in Abilene nearly 15 years ago. He has served in various roles as both a chief operating officer and hospital president, which have included both for-profit and not-for-profit health care systems.

Phillips earned a master of business administration degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a master of health care administration degree from Trinity University. 

Phillips serves on the Texas Hospital Association (THA) Committee on Leadership Development, was chairman of the American Heart Association Heart Ball in Texarkana, and served on the Junior League of Texarkana Advisory Board. He also served as adjunct faculty at Texas A&M University in Texarkana's Texas College of Business. In 2014, Phillips was named a HealthCare Hero by Fort Worth Business Press. 

E. Kenneth Hutchenrider, Jr. FACHE, president of Methodist Richardson Medical Center. Click to enlarge image.

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.









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