Erol R. Akdamar, FACHE
Erol R. Akdamar, FACHE, serves as president of Medical City Healthcare, HCA Healthcare’s North Texas Division. Medical City Healthcare is one of the largest divisions in the HCA Healthcare portfolio and includes 16 hospitals, 11 ambulatory surgery centers, 40+ CareNow urgent care centers, more than 5,200 active physicians, 6,000 nurses and 14,500 employees in the North Texas area. The division boasts seven hospitals that hold the prestigious Magnet Recognized® status from the American Nurses Association, ten trauma centers and three accredited comprehensive stroke centers.
Akdamar began his career with HCA as an administrative resident in 1993. Since that time, he has become known for his leadership and growth initiatives in the hospitals he has served from Louisiana to Georgia and Texas. His mantra of “excellence always” has resulted in exceptional employee engagement, outstanding quality and earnings performance.
He is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and received his Master of Health Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. Akdamar is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently serves on the board of trustees for the Texas Hospital Association and the Dallas Medical Resource. He is also part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health and proudly serves as a Mercy Street mentor and a preceptor in the HCA Healthcare COO Development Program. Akdamar was honored to serve as Corporate Chair for the 2017 Dallas Light the Night walk benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, was named the D CEO 2017 Outstanding Healthcare Executive and has been named to the “Dallas 500” list of most powerful CEO’s since 2017.
Miguel Benet, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Miguel Benet, MD, serves as chief medical officer (CMO) of Medical City Healthcare, bringing extensive medical and leadership experience to this role. His focus is to ensure outstanding clinical care through exceptionally effective and compliant quality management programs, including patient and employee safety initiatives.
In his role as chief medical officer since 2018, Dr. Benet provides senior clinical direction and collaborates closely with physicians, clinicians, colleagues and leadership to ensure the successful implementation of the division’s vast and multi-faceted patient care initiatives. He has led many initiatives across the division, including harnessing innovative therapies and technologies, as well as launching comprehensive initiatives to reduce bloodstream infections, sepsis and opioid addition. His opioid reduction efforts have reduced emergency room opioid use by 21 percent while also providing the community with opportunities to safely dispose of medications.
Previously, Dr. Benet served as CMO for HCA’s Swedish Medical Center in Denver and at North Suburban Medical Center in Colorado. His expertise combines more than two decades in physician administrative roles and in the practice of anesthesiology.
Dr. Benet completed medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Harvard Business Review, was named to the Modern Healthcare “Top 25 Minority Leaders to Watch” in 2020 and was nominated as Outstanding Hospital Executive in the 2020 D CEO Excellence in Healthcare Awards.
James H. Burrell III, MD
Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Chief Medical Officer
James H. Burrell III, MD, serves Medical City Healthcare as chief medical informatics officer and chief medical officer of its employed medical group.
Previously, he was the chief medical officer for Cigna’s staff model HMO in Arizona, a Level III patient-centered medical home with 25 clinics and 200 physicians, which operated a Medicare Advantage Plan and a commercial ACO.
Prior to that and after retiring from 18 years in clinical practice, Dr. Burrell developed a professional association that employed 180 physicians who worked in clinics in 22 communities in western Texas and eastern New Mexico. A Catholic hospital system acquired this organization from Dr. Burrell and appointed him as its chief executive officer and chief medical officer, positions in which he served for 14 years.
Dr. Burrell’s undergraduate education was at Texas Tech University. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch for medical school and for his internal medicine residency.
M. Wayne Martin, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
M. Wayne Martin, CPA, serves Medical City Healthcare, one of the largest divisions in the HCA Healthcare portfolio, with his financial expertise. He began at HCA in October 2013, the same day Erol Akdamar assumed his role as division president.
Previously, Martin worked at Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio, an HCA Joint Venture, for 15 years, most recently serving as chief financial officer for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital. During his tenure, the system experienced phenomenal growth and expansion with Martin proving instrumental in improving earnings growth, productivity and overall performance. Prior to that he worked in HCA’s Internal Audit Department in Nashville, Tennessee, after serving five years in public accounting firms in Memphis, Tennessee, and Nashville.
Martin is an honors graduate of Memphis State University in Memphis, Tennessee.
Zach Mueller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Executive
Zach Mueller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, serves as chief nursing executive (CNE) of Medical City Healthcare. In this role, he oversees the nursing practice, education, informatics, research and operations for nurses at all Medical City Healthcare hospitals in North Texas.
Mueller joined Medical City Dallas and Medical City Children’s Hospital in 2011 and was promoted to senior vice president and chief nurse in 2015. Under his leadership, patient satisfaction scores for women’s services and the neonatal intensive care unit increased significantly and Medical City Dallas received an unprecedented third Magnet® designation for nursing excellence. In 2014, he was named among the prestigious Dallas-Fort Worth “Great 100 Nurses.”
Known for his innovation, Mueller created the Compassion Campaign, a multiphase patient and employee experience initiative designed to create compassionate connections between nurses and patients. The campaign contributed to the highest registered nurse (RN) employee engagement in five years and notable improvements in patient satisfaction.
Mueller brings a wealth of healthcare experience to his role, having worked in nursing for over 20 years, starting at the bedside as an RN primarily in the emergency department. He has also served in a variety of leadership roles, including as director of education, director of pediatrics and director of cardiovascular services. Mueller is active in several professional organizations, including the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). His career achievements include speaking nationally and internationally on a variety of nursing and healthcare topics.
Mueller earned a Doctor of Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Colorado. He also has a master’s degree in nursing and two undergraduate degrees. He is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a nursing executive, advanced.
Chief Development and Integration Officer
Jamie Youssef serves as chief development and integration officer for Medical City Healthcare. He leads the strategic growth of the division, including physician partnerships, service line development, network integration and other efforts to improve healthcare programs in the communities served by Medical City Healthcare and CareNow.
Youssef began his Medical City Healthcare career in 2011, serving as vice president of neurosciences, orthopedics, oncology, bariatrics and robotic surgery at Medical City Dallas hospital. In 2013, he was promoted to senior vice president and chief development and operations officer. Prior to joining HCA Healthcare, Youssef served as vice president of Integrated Healthcare Strategies, a strategic consulting firm focused on physician development, and as director of operations for OhioHealth.
Youssef earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Healthcare Administration from The Ohio State University in Columbus.
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Ben Holland leads large growth initiatives within the Dallas-Fort Worth market, including physician partnerships, service line development, and market expansion and outreach. He also has responsibility for the physician provider relations team, physician recruitment, and ambulatory surgery center expansion in the market.
Holland joined the executive team at Medical City Healthcare in 2016. He came to North Texas from a health care management consulting firm in Atlanta, where he worked on expansion and development plans for more than 90 hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and freestanding facilities.
Holland earned his Bachelor Science in Business Administration in finance and management from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and an MBA from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
Mark E. Whitley
Senior Vice President of Network Assets and Referral Management
Mark E. Whitley is responsible for network asset development and referral management for the hospitals and outpatient centers of Medical City Healthcare. He began his career with HCA in 2005 as the vice president of the Outpatient Services Group. In that role, he was responsible for all of the North Texas Division’s outpatient development, including acquisitions and the development of new ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers and oncology centers. Prior to joining HCA, he worked for nine years as a healthcare management consultant with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young and spent one year at Tenet Healthcare in outpatient development.
Whitley earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and management from The University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Science in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.