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 portfolio with 14 hospitals, 11 ambulatory surgery centers, 30 CareNow urgent care centers, more than 4,400 active physicians and 17,000 employees in the North Texas area. The division boasts five hospitals that hold the prestigious Magnet recognized® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, six hospitals recognized among the Top Performers in Key Quality Measures® from The Joint Commission, six trauma centers and three designated Comprehensive Stroke Centers by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
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 and Georgia to 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 a 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 a Mercy Street mentor and a preceptor in the HCA 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 and was named the D CEO 2017 Outstanding Healthcare Executive.
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.
Previously, Dr. Benet was CMO for HCA's Swedish Medical Center in Denver where he oversaw successful efforts to implement enhanced recovery pathways, reduce narcotic utilization and lower mortality from sepsis, among other initiatives. Prior to joining Swedish Medical Center, Dr. Benet served as chief medical officer at North Suburban Medical Center in Colorado. His expertise combines more than two decades in physician administrative roles and in the practice of anesthesiology.
As chief medical officer, Dr. Benet will provide senior clinical direction and collaborate closely with physicians, clinicians, employees and leadership to ensure the successful implementation of the division's vast and multi-faceted patient care initiatives.
Dr. Benet completed medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan and received his undergraduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Harvard Business Review.
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.
Laura Irvine, FACHE
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Laura Irvine serves as division executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Medical City Healthcare. Her primary focus is to expand Medical City Healthcare’s service footprint with an integrated approach to network access and regional outreach, hospital operations and strategic planning.
Irvine most recently served as executive vice president for integration and alignment for Dallas-based Methodist Health System. In this role, she led healthcare reform initiatives, integration and alignment of physician enterprises, accountable care organizations, expansion of care delivery centers, population health management and nonhospital healthcare delivery migration. Her leadership strengthened multiple tertiary service lines, improved quality and further enhanced emergency, trauma and critical care services.
Irvine holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a Master of Science in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. Her accomplishments have been recognized by several professional organizations including Modern Healthcare magazine’s “Up & Comers” award, the American College of Healthcare Executives “Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award” and D CEO magazine’s “Most Influential Business Leaders 2016” recognition.
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.
Chief Information Officer
Leah Miller serves as chief information officer of Medical City Healthcare, delivering a wide array of clinical and facility solutions to Medical City Healthcare’s physicians and caregivers; surgery, oncology and imaging departments; and hospitals and free-standing surgery centers spanning North Texas and the surrounding areas. She focuses on deconstructing and solving the most complex organizational challenges to advance HCA Healthcare’s competitive advantage and technology-enabled, patient-centric business.
Prior to accepting a pivotal HCA executive role in healthcare, Miller garnered a breadth of management experience in and recognition for her distinguished leadership, organizational transformations and solution-delivery accomplishments in large-scale healthcare, retail software, government and automotive manufacturing sectors.
Miller earned her Bachelor of Science in computer science with software engineering from Weber State University and Master of Finance and Accounting from DeVry University. Additionally, she achieved CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) Training, PMP (Project Management Professional), HCA Emerging Leader and C3 Consulting’s Facilitator Training certifications.
Zach Mueller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Executive
Zach Mueller, PhD, 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 CNE 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 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 results.
Mueller brings a wealth of healthcare experience to his role, having worked in nursing for over 18 years, chiefly at the bedside as an RN 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 holds two doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado, a Doctor of Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice, as well as 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.
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.
Chief Development and Strategy Officer
Jamie Youssef serves as chief development and strategy 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.
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.