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Leadership for Methodist Richardson Medical Center​​​​​

E. Kenneth Hutchenrider, Jr., FACHE; President, Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Ken HutchenriderKen Hutchenrider joined Methodist Richardson Medical Center as President in July, 2010.

He has more than 25 years of executive experience with a result oriented record of substantially increasing financial stability and strengthening team management to build a tradition of providing the best care possible to the communities served.

During his tenure, Ken administered the assimilation of the hospital into the Methodist Health System, as well as the development of a $120M replacement hospital and its subsequent and ongoing expansions. Pam Stoyanoff, Chief Operations Officer of Methodist Health System has said “Ken is an outstanding leader with a proven track record in operational excellence.”

Additional accomplishments include the establishment of a new wound care center, recruitment and stabilization of the NICU physician group, development of the Da Vinci surgical program, and the successful recruitment/employment of new medical staff members. Under his direction, Methodist Richardson has received accreditations as a Chest Pain Center, a Stroke Center, and achieved nursing Pathway to Excellence.

Prior to July 2010, Ken served as the Chief Executive Officer of Galesburg Cottage Hospital, in Galesburg, Illinois. There, he successfully and effectively managed all facets of the 173 bed acute care facility, including a skilled nursing unit, inpatient psychiatric unit, a joint venture outpatient therapy unit, and a joint venture dialysis unit.

Previously in his career, Ken served in executive roles including Chief Executive Officer of the Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. Ken started his career in a clinical position as a Paramedic Shift Supervisor in Pasadena, Texas.

Cody Hunter, FACHE, Vice President, Operations

Cody HunterCody Hunter, FACHE, joined Methodist Richardson Medical Center in June 2021 as Vice President of Operations. He has operational responsibility for Radiology, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Respiratory Therapy, Stroke Program, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Facilities, Housekeeping, Security and Dietary. He also has responsibility for the Campus for Continuing Care, also located in Richardson.

Cody was born and raised in Austin, Texas before moving to College Station, Texas to pursue higher education. He received a BS in Biomedical Science with a focus on human medicine from Texas A&M University and graduated with cum laude Honors. He then went on to pursue his Masters in Health Administration from Texas A&M Health Science Center and graduated with Honors from that program as well.

After completing his education, Cody was selected to be a Fellow within The Houston Methodist Hospital System in Houston, Texas. In this role he had the opportunity to work alongside senior leadership in opening and operationalizing a new, 200-bed acute care hospital, system strategic planning & financial analysis and physician group practice operations. Upon completion of his Fellowship, Cody transitioned to Project Manager to the CEO at Houston Methodist West Hospital, the hospital he assisted in opening. He was promoted to Director of Business Development and Patient Satisfaction at Houston Methodist West and Houston Methodist St. Catherine’s Hospital where he oversaw the service quality & guest relations, food & nutrition services, marketing, business development and strategic planning at both campuses. In 2015, Cody was promoted to Associate Administrator at Houston Methodist Willowbrook, a 300+ bed hospital that serves greater Northwest Houston. Cody played a key role in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the campus and led efforts for several strategic capital projects. In 2018, Cody was promoted into System operations as Director of Internal Consulting for Houston Methodist.

On a personal note, Cody actively mentors numerous MHA students and is an avid Texas A&M football fan. He is married and has two children.

Ed Abbott, Vice President Finance

Ed AbbottEd Abbott was promoted to Vice President Finance in January 2018. Mr. Abbott has more than 20 years of healthcare finance experience. He joined Methodist Health System in 2013. Prior to being named Vice President Finance, he served as the Director of Hospital Accounting for Methodist Charlton Medical Center and Methodist Richardson Medical Center.

Prior to joining Methodist, he has held various finance positions including accounting, financial analyst clinical research, decision support, and budget manager. Mr. Abbott’s healthcare career began with the role of Medicare Auditor with Aetna Life Insurance.

His functional responsibilities include oversight of the financial operations of the hospital, the coordination of the capital and financial planning process, provide financial leadership for strategic and operational management decisions, and the development of the hospital’s operating budget.

Mr. Abbott is a native of Illinois and graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from the Bradley University in Peoria.

Irene Strejc, MPH, BSN, RN, CENP, Vice President, Nursing

Irene StrejcIrene Strejc RN BSN MPH CENP is currently Vice President Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer at Methodist Richardson Medical Center in Richardson, Texas. She has served in that capacity since October 2010. Irene has held Chief Nursing Officer positions across the country over a thirty year career. She is experienced in the design on patient care delivery systems, patient experience program management, recruitment and retention system development, leadership coaching and mentoring and hospital operations. She has served as Chief Nursing Officer in both the private and for profit sector.

Irene serves on the board of the YMCA in Richardson Texas, is a member of Altrusa International a community service organization. She was a nominee for Nurse Executive of the Year in 2012 from the D Magazine organization. She also serves on the American Organization of Nurse Executrices Certification Exam Review Board and participates in the design and testing of the exam material used to certify Nurse Executives in their practice.

Irene is a native of Illinois and received her BSN and MPH from Benedictine College in Lisle, Illinois. She also served on the national council of nurse executives for Community Health Systems, a twelve member advisory group for nursing practice oversight in 125 facilities.

Irene has serve on the boards of multiple schools of nursing at the community college level and four year universities as well. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives as well.

Joni Reed, Director, Physician Development

Joni ReedJoni Reed began her healthcare career in Volunteer Management, allowing her to experience all aspects of hospital life from a unique perspective. Joni was then promoted to Director of Service Excellence where she served as Chair of the Patient Experience Committee. Her commitment to patient advocacy allowed her to work directly with physicians, and staff, as well as patients and their families. Her diverse knowledge of hospital needs led Joni to author a book titled, “The Billion Dollar Miracle” which details the innovative volunteer programs she implemented at Methodist Richardson Medical Center. After deciding to stay home with her newborn daughter in October of 2017, Joni made the difficult decision to resign to take on her new role as mom. Four years later, another opportunity opened up at her favorite hospital with her favorite people and she just couldn’t turn it down. Joni is now the Director of Physician Development and focuses her efforts on physician relations as well as new business development.

Outside of work, Joni is an avid reader, a podcast enthusiast, and enjoys spending time with her husband Adam and daughter Sloane.

Jan Arrant, Director, Community & Public Relations

Jan ArrantAs the Director of Community and Public Relations, Jan Arrant loves to tell the stories of the great successes at Methodist Richardson Medical Center. She joined Methodist in 2015, after a 29-year career in television journalism.

The driving force for her has always been to do just one thing – make a difference. For many years, that involved giving viewers information they needed to make decisions about their daily life. After transitioning to healthcare, Jan has found her life motto still applies; only now, it’s giving people information they need to make decisions about their health and wellness.

Jan is very involved in the community and serves on the Richardson and Wylie Chamber of Commerce boards. She is also active in Leadership Richardson.

When Jan’s not at work, you’ll probably find her working in the yard, or in the kitchen. She’s a foodie at heart and loves to experiment. She thinks every recipe needs just a little “tszujing”!