Executive Bios

Meet Our Leadership Team

Hugh Brown - Chief Executive Officer

Hugh Brown

Chief Executive Officer

St. David’s Georgetown Hospital

Hugh Brown has served as Chief Executive Officer of St. David's Georgetown Hospital since February 2007. Mr. Brown is currently a member of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce board and the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts in Georgetown. He is also a member of Main Street Baptists Church in Georgetown where he teaches a weekly adult Bible study.

Mr. Brown came to St. David's Georgetown Hospital from Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He joined Grand Strand Regional in 1992, where he held numerous leadership positions including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Development Officer.

Mr. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under a U.S. Navy ROTC scholarship. He went on to earn a master’s degree in business administration from Winthrop University. After college, Mr. Brown served as a U.S. Navy supply officer on a fast-attack nuclear-powered submarine and earned a Navy Achievement Medal and an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

Ruben Castro - Chief Operating Officer

Ruben Castro

Chief Operating Officer

St. David’s Georgetown Hospital

Ruben Castro serves as Chief Operating Officer for St. David’s Georgetown Hospital. Mr. Castro has more than 23 years of healthcare experience that includes administration, nursing, clinical laboratory and information technology. He previously served as associate administrator and ethics and compliance officer at North Hills Hospital, an HCA affiliate in North Richland Hills, Texas. Prior to this, he served in several other capacities at North Hills Hospital. Early in his career, Mr. Castro also worked as a licensed practical nurse and anesthesia technician at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford in Bedford, Texas.

Mr. Castro earned his bachelor’s degree in information technology as well as his MBA from University of Phoenix. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve for eight years.

Cynthia Nicholas - Chief Nursing Officer

Cynthia Nicholas

Chief Nursing Officer

St. David’s Georgetown Hospital

Cynthia Nicholas was named Chief Nursing Officer of St. David’s Georgetown Hospital in December 2012. Ms. Nicholas has more than 20 years of healthcare experience. She joined St. David’s HealthCare as acute care director at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital in 2011, providing oversight for the medical/surgical units, intensive care unit and cardiopulmonary departments.

Previously, Ms. Nicholas served as the administrative director of critical care services at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas. She also served as director of quality improvement and risk management at Valley Regional Medical Center before being named administrative director.

Prior to her role at Valley Regional Medical Center, Ms. Nicholas served as corporate director for the office of the chief nursing officer at Baylor Healthcare System in Dallas, Texas; the director of organization development and education at Piedmont Health System in Atlanta, Ga.; the director for the Center for Education, Development and Research at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla.; as well as an ICU nurse, flight nurse and nursing school instructor.

Nicholas earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida International University in Miami, and went on to earn her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Miami. In 2012, she was one of only six HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) nurses nationwide selected to participate in HCA’s Executive Accelerated Market Program (AMP), designed to prepare high-performing employees for senior leadership roles.

Ms. Nicholas is a member of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives. She has also served as a master trainer for the TeamStepps program, which is designed to improve patient safety within an organization.

Michelle Hays

Chief Financial Officer

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center

Michelle Hays is chief financial officer of both St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital. Prior to assuming this role, Hays served for seven years as chief financial officer of Heart Hospital of Austin, during which time she helped lead the hospital through the acquisition by St. David’s HealthCare.

Hays has more than 20 years of combined hospital financial management and public accounting experience. Prior to joining Heart Hospital of Austin, she served as chief financial officer for Louisiana Heart Hospital and also as a regional chief financial officer for a long-term acute care hospital company in the Shreveport and Austin markets. Before entering the healthcare industry, Hays spent five years in public accounting as an auditor.

Hays is actively involved with the American Heart Association. She is a member of the Circle of Red and has served for several years on the executive leadership team for the Heart Ball.


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