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 more than 90 locations throughout Central Texas. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, employing more than 8,100 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 chairman-elect of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Hospital Association (THA), the state’s hospital industry group, and also 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 Board of Directors as well as the Chamber’s 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 90 locations in Central Texas.
Prior to assuming this role, Sexton served as chief financial officer of St. David’s North Austin Medical, where she not only successfully managed the facility’s financial operations but was also instrumental in advancing a number of key strategic growth initiatives. Sexton played a major role in physician recruitment to the campus, development of the Women’s Center of Texas, 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 continued to grow 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 in Monroe, La. In addition to other prior healthcare roles, Sexton has served as an accountant and auditor, directly involved in Medicare cost reports for Arkansas BlueCross and BlueShield.
Sexton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In addition to her professional role, she also serves on the Texas State University Development Foundation Board.
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. Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. Knight also served as the chief medical officer of Ochsner Health Plan, a more than 20,000-member-group model HMO. He 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. Dr. 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 of Clinical Innovation
St. David’s HealthCare
William (Bill) H. Rice, M.D., is the senior vice president of clinical innovation for St. David’s HealthCare. In this role, Dr. Rice supports a portfolio of informatics initiatives focused on usability, variation, analytics and modeling, and works to deploy a formalized innovation infrastructure across the St. David’s HealthCare system.
Prior to joining St. David’s HealthCare, Dr. Rice served as chief medical officer of Whiteglove House Call Health, a company he co-founded. Prior to that, Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. Rice built one of the largest physician management companies in the United States and managed the business from inception to public offering.
Dr. 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. In 2013, Dr. Rice was appointed by Governor Perry to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, and serves as chair.
Dr. 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 HealthCare
Marian 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 19 years of experience representing healthcare clients.
Wu’s prior private law practice consisted of advising for-profit, non-profit and governmental hospital clients and other healthcare clients on a wide range of operational and regulatory matters, healthcare and commercial litigation, professional malpractice defense, and federal and state administrative appeals.
Wu earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Managerial Studies from Rice University. She went on to complete her law degree at The University of Texas School of Law. Marian has been named a "Rising Star" (2008-2009) by Texas Monthly.
Wu serves on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Austin and Central Texas which, through the local Ronald McDonald House and Family Rooms located in area hospitals, provides families of critically ill and hospitalized children a home-away-from-home.
Chief Information Officer
St. David’s HealthCare
John Mason is the chief information officer for St. David’s HealthCare. He is responsible for overseeing the information technology strategies, policies and asset deployment throughout the organization.
Prior to his role within St. David’s HealthCare, Mason was an employee of HCA (Hospital Corporation of America), which is a partial owner of St. David’s HealthCare. Formerly, Mason served as the assistant vice president of information technology (IT) and services at HCA, where he was responsible for the project management office—an organization of nearly 100 project managers and business solution analysts that manage a portfolio of more than 150 active IT projects at any given time.
Prior to working at HCA, Mason was a business consultant for a firm where he managed large, complex projects for organizations of all sizes and industries. He has also served as the CIO for a publicly traded managed care company. Mason’s earlier career included seven years of active duty in the Army as a communications officer.
Mason earned both his undergraduate degree in management information systems and his master’s degree in business administration from Tennessee Technological University. Additionally, he became a certified Project Management Professional in 2002.
Beyond his professional career, Mason is one of the founders and the current president of the Path of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to girls in impoverished countries throughout the world. Through the scholarships, recipients are able to finish their secondary education and, in turn, positively impact their communities.
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
St. David’s HealthCare
As senior vice president of human resources for St. David’s HealthCare, Rich Lowe is responsible for recruitment and staffing, employment law, performance management, employee relations, and compensation and benefits for the 90-site healthcare system.
Lowe has more than 23 years of experience in human resources leadership. Before joining St. David’s HealthCare, he worked for HCA’s (Hospital Corporation of America’s) corporate office in Nashville, where he served as vice president of human resources. Lowe supported human resource initiatives for multiple national and international non-hospital business units, including the ambulatory surgery division for the company’s Western Group; Sarah Cannon, the global cancer enterprise of HCA; Sarah Cannon Research Institute, the company’s global strategic cancer research organization; and, H2U, a subsidiary of HCA that provides employee health clinics and worksite wellness programs.
Lowe also served for five years as vice president of human resources for the HCA Midwest Division, which is comprised of nine hospitals, with responsibilities including designing a system-wide human resources strategy to support the division’s overall vision. Prior to that, he served as assistant vice president of human resources for Lewis-Gale Medical Center in Salem, Virginia.
Lowe earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in human resources from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He went on to pursue a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and subsequently obtained his senior professional human resources certificate in 2006.
Lowe is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources. He also sits on the board of directors of HCA’s Hope Fund—an employee-run, employee-supported nonprofit designed to help HCA employees and their immediate families who are affected by financial hardship.
Malcolm Belisle – Vice President, Corporate Services
Cindy Blackwell – Vice President, Managed Care
Denise Bradley – Vice President, Communications and Community Affairs
Megan Cool – Vice President, Performance Improvement
Robyn Eckermann – Vice President, Strategic Planning
Amanda McCrary – Vice President, Sales, Marketing, Outreach and Physician Recruitment
Caroline Murphy – Division Ethics and Compliance Officer
Phillip Neeley – Vice President, Operations, Ambulatory Surgery Division
John Rebok – Vice President, Physician Operations
Dave Thomsen – Vice President, Quality