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Fran Laukaitis, RN, BSN, MHA, FACHE
President, Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Fran-Laukaitis​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.

Patrick Brown, FACHE
Vice President of Operations

Teresa Land​Patrick Brown, FACHE, joined Methodist Charlton in June 2022 as vice president of operations, a role he previously held at Methodist Mansfield for three years.

Brown has more than 15 years of healthcare leadership experience, having served in operations, human resources, supply chain, strategic planning, and business development across several hospitals in Arizona, Georgia, and Texas. Before joining Methodist, Brown held chief operations and chief strategy roles with Texas Health Resources in Arlington, Texas, and Tenet Healthcare in the Phoenix, Arizona market.
Brown serves as president of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) DFW Chapter, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) North Texas and Best Southwest Partnership boards of directors. He is also board certified in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Bethune-Cookman University and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

Hunter Hawkins, CHFP
Vice President of Finance

Hunter HawkinsHunter Hawkins, CHFP, joined Methodist Charlton as vice president of finance in June 2022. Hawkins has been a part of Methodist Health System since 2018. He previously served as manager of financial analysis, managing the financial decision support and cost accounting functions for the health system, and supported the annual operating budget process.

Before joining Methodist, Hawkins held leadership roles at Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and Children’s Health System of Texas in financial analytics, cost accounting, financial reporting, labor productivity, and hospital operations.
Hawkins holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He is also a certified healthcare financial professional through the Healthcare Finance Management Association.