PLANO, Texas – James Mendez, vice president of business development at Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco, has been promoted to chief development officer.

Mendez joined the hospital’s leadership team last February and was responsible for leading physician recruitment efforts, along with planning, organizing, coordinating and directing all hospital functions related to growth and business development initiatives. In this new role, Mendez will also direct strategic development and physician recruitment for both hospitals.

“James is a valuable leader and has made impressive and positive contributions to our success in expanding our healthcare services to the communities we serve in the North Texas region,” said Charles Gressle, chief executive officer of Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco. “We look forward to continued progress that Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco will make under James’ leadership in strategic business development.”

Prior to joining Medical City Plano, Mendez worked his way up from a registered respiratory therapist at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida to Market Chief Executive Officer for Kindred Hospital in Dallas and Kindred Hospital Dallas Central.

Mendez holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science with a concentration in Behavioral Health from the University of South Florida and Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University.