New leadership, structure announced for University Hospitals

Week of Jan. 15-21, 2011 /

As part of the goal to become a top 10 academic medical center, UT Southwestern Medical Center announced a new organizational structure and executive leadership for University Hospitals.

“We are restructuring our University Hospitals leadership with an organizational model that I am confident will enable us to improve focus on all aspects of patient care, service and collaboration – now and into the future – while also continuing to innovate,” said Dr. Bruce Meyer, executive vice president for health system affairs and interim chief executive officer, University Hospitals.

The new model, Dr. Meyer said, is consistent with that of similar world-class hospitals, leveraging the core strengths of the leadership group and clinical service lines. “I am confident in our enhanced leadership structure and enthusiastic about the future of the entire University Hospitals team,” he said.
Among the announcements:

John A. Brandecker, associate vice president, is the new chief operating officer for University Hospitals and will oversee all hospital operations and services, as well as facility-based clinical service lines.

Mr. Brandecker brings an extensive background in hospital operations from several top academic medical centers, including his most recent position as senior vice president for the Jackson Health System and chief administrative officer for Holtz Children’s Hospital and JMH Women’s Hospital Center in Miami. He previously served as associate hospital director for University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, administrator for University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, and operations roles at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System, and North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New York.

“I’m thrilled to be joining UT Southwestern and its outstanding clinical, scientific and administrative leadership team,” said Mr. Brandecker, who graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook before earning a Master of Business Administration from St. John’s University and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University.

Dr. John Warner, associate professor of internal medicine, adds the title of assistant vice president for University Hospitals planning, which formalizes his current role in the planning process. Dr. Warner, an interventional cardiologist whose clinical interests include coronary artery disease, complex valvular heart disease, adult congenital heart disease and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, will continue to serve as medical director of the Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Heart, Lung and Vascular Comprehensive Center and medical director of the Doris and Harry W. Bass Jr. Clinical Center for Heart, Lung and Vascular Disease. Dr. Warner holds the the Jim and Norma Smith Distinguished Chair for Interventional Cardiology and the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Chair in Cardiovascular Research.

Becky McCulley
, R.N., associate vice president, assumes the role of assistant administrator for University Hospital - Zale Lipshy and associate vice president for the new neurosciences service line. She also assumes a key role in the transition and planning for the new University Hospital. Ms. McCulley, who previously served as chief nurse executive for University Hospitals, was named Best Nurse Leader in Advance for Nurses magazine for program development, one of only five nurses selected nationwide.

Rashard Johnson has been recruited as assistant vice president for non-clinical support services. In that role, he will be responsible for facilities management, environmental services, nutritional services, materials management, chaplain and volunteer services and other non-clinical support services at all University Hospitals. Mr. Johnson earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Central Florida. He previously served at Jackson Health System in Miami, one of the largest academic medical centers in the Southeast, as director of operations for the Holtz Children’s Hospital and the Women’s Hospital Center. Jackson Health System is the clinical site for the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Priviously, Mr. Johnson was at the VA Healthcare System in Miami and the Department of Elder Affairs.

Additional organizational changes include:

James Wentz, associate vice president for hospital corporate administration and chief financial officer, continues responsibilities for the offices of the controller, revenue cycle, budget and patient financial services, as well as home health care services.

Peggy Bailey, assistant vice president, oversees accreditation while continuing her role over medical staff services, safety and infection control. She reports to Dr. Steve Leach, professor of internal medicine and chief medical officer for University Hospitals.

Donna Richardson, R.N., associate vice president and chief nursing officer, oversees nursing policy and practice as well as nursing education and nursing informatics.

Lynn Fischer, associate vice president, oversees cardiovascular services, transplant, surgical and peri-operative services.

Mike Medina, associate vice president, oversees clinical support services, including the pharmacy and laboratory, as well as radiology and imaging.