President and Chief Executive Officer St. David's HealthCare
In February 2011, C. David Huffstutler was named president and CEO of St. David’s HealthCare, a $4 billion, seven-hospital healthcare system, with 60 locations throughout Central Texas. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, employing more than 7,500 associates and supported by more than 2,000 medical staff members.
Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Huffstutler served as CEO of St. David’s Medical Center, which comprises four of the seven member hospitals of St. David's HealthCare, including St. David's Hospital, St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital, St. David's Georgetown Hospital and Heart Hospital of Austin. Before joining St. David's HealthCare in 2007, Mr. Huffstutler served for three years as CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in Houston, and prior to that, for seven years in various hospital operations leadership roles in the Houston market for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Before joining HCA, he spent nearly fifteen years in management positions for The Methodist Health Care System in Houston.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Huffstutler holds an undergraduate degree in healthcare management from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in healthcare from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.
Professionally, Mr. Huffstutler is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Hospital Association (THA), the state’s hospital industry group, and currently serves on the executive committee. Prior to serving on the THA board, he served as a director of the association’s political action committee, HOSPAC. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Mr. Huffstutler is active in several organizations in Austin. He is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization, which is a membership organization of business and community leaders advancing the economic and social well being of the Central Texas area. He also serves on the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Corporation Board, American Heart Association Capital Area Division Board of Directors and on the Board of Trustees for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer St. David's HealthCare
Cindy Sexton was named chief financial officer of St. David's HealthCare in June 2012. With more than 22 years of financial management and leadership experience in the healthcare industry, Sexton leads the financial division of St. David’s HealthCare’s seven-hospital healthcare system, across 60 locations in Central Texas.
For the past 12 years, Sexton has served as chief financial officer of St. David’s North Austin Medical, where she not only successfully managed the facility’s financial operations but also has been instrumental in advancing a number of key strategic growth initiatives. Sexton played a major role in physician recruitment to the campus, in the development of the Women’s Center of Texas, in the creation of the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, and in the facility’s access strategy to develop urgent and free-standing emergency care centers. Sexton’s responsibilities were expanded in 2008 when she was appointed chief financial officer of St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center. Under her leadership, both hospitals have continued togrow and improve operational performance.
Before joining St. David’s HealthCare, Sexton served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer for Columbia North Monroe Hospital, a 222-bed facility inMonroe, La.
In addition to other prior healthcare roles, Sexton has served as an accountant and auditor, directly involved in Medicare cost reports for Arkansas Blue Cross and BlueShield.
Sexton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Chief Medical Officer St. David's HealthCare
Thomas W. Knight, M.D., joined the St. David’s HealthCare leadership team in March 2012 as chief medical officer. Knight leads the clinical and quality initiatives that support the provision of consistent clinical performance and practice standards in St. David’s HealthCare’s seven hospitals and other sites across Central Texas.
Prior to assuming this role, Knight served as the chief quality officer at The Methodist Hospital System in Houston. In that role, he led the system to achieve numerous national quality awards and rankings. In addition, Knight was CEO and president of Methodist Physicians Alliance for Quality, a collaborative effort among more than 800 physicians to deliver excellence in healthcare, patient satisfaction and outcomes. He also served as an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Before joining The Methodist Hospital System, Knight served as vice president of quality for California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Calif. In that role, he oversaw quality improvement, outcomes management, case management, JCAHO accreditation, and patient education for the four-campus system with direct reports of approximately 180 full-time employees, among others.
Prior to that, Knight was the medical director of quality and disease management for Forsyth Medical Group, an organization of 250 employed physicians across 31 sites in Winston-Salem, N.C. During his tenure, the physician group received national attention for diabetes, heart and stroke programs and was chosen as one of 12 groups in the nation to participate in the large group demonstration project with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In addition to other prior roles, Knight also served as the chief medical officer of Ochsner Health Plan, a more than 20,000-member-group model HMO.
Knight has served as a surveyor with the National Committee for Quality Assurance since 1991 and as a member of their Review Oversight Committee since 2000.
Knight earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Houston. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1983 and went on to complete his internal medicine residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Senior Vice President St. David's HealthCare
Mark Clayton joined St. David's HealthCare and the HCA Central and West Texas Division in 2007 as the senior vice president of strategic planning and business development. In that role, he is responsible for all strategic planning, marketing, public relations and business development functions for nine acute care hospitals in two cities.
Prior to joining St. David’s HealthCare, Clayton served as regional vice president and chief development officer for Baptist Health System in San Antonio—a five-hospital system with more than 5,000 employees and 1,200 physicians. Before that, Clayton was chief executive officer of North Central Baptist Hospital, also in San Antonio.
Clayton holds a master’s degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University. He is board certified in healthcare management, and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Clayton serves on numerous civic and corporate boards including, the Advisory Board of the Baylor Business School program in health care administration, as board member of the Austin Community College Foundation, and as board member of the Austin-based Integrated Care Collaborative.
Senior Vice President of Clinical Innovation St. David's HealthCare
William H. Rice, M.D., is the senior vice president of clinical innovation for St. David’s HealthCare.
Prior to assuming this role, Rice served as chief medical officer of Whiteglove House Call Health, a company he co-founded. Prior to that, Rice was the first full-time physician involved in the development of RevolutionHealth, a leading consumer-centric health company founded to transform how people approach their overall health and wellness.
In addition to his 14 years of experience in clinical emergency medicine, Rice has participated in the formation and initial work of a number of early-stage health care companies. As the founding chairman and chief executive officer of Stat Healthcare, Rice built one of the largest physician management companies in the United States and managed the business from inception to public offering.
Rice holds a patent for a system and method to optimize the care of chronic disease patients. He is the author of a book entitled American Health Care 2008, Opportunities for Disruptive Improvement.
Rice earned a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors from the University of Michigan. He went on to complete his Doctor of Medicine from The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio and thereafter received postgraduate training in trauma and general surgery at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston.
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer St. David's HealthCareMarian Wu currently holds the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at St. David's HealthCare. Prior to joining St. David's HealthCare, Wu was senior counsel at Jackson Walker L.L.P. She is board certified in health law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has more than 15 years of experience in representing health care clients.