Jay deVenny, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer, Medical City Children's Hospital and Medical City Women's Hospital Dallas
Jay deVenny, FACHE, was named chief executive officer of Medical City Children’s Hospital and Medical City Women’s Hospital Dallas in January 2022. Previously, he served as chief development officer and vice president of business development at Medical City Dallas since December 2013. He has led development initiatives of services at Medical City Children’s Hospital including a world-class congenital heart program, pediatric oncology, pediatric orthopedics and trauma. In addition, he supported physician partnerships at Medical City Women’s Hospital Dallas.
Prior to joining Medical City Healthcare, deVenny held several roles in administrative and business development within the North Texas healthcare industry.
deVenny holds a Master of Business Administration in Health Services Management from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He serves as a board member for Camp iHope and the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
Jim Allard, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, Medical City Children’s Hospital
Jim Allard, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, joined Medical City Children’s Hospital and Medical City Women’s Hospital Dallas as Chief Nursing Officer in March 2020.
Allard, who has been with HCA Healthcare since 2013, previously served as Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, part of the HCA Gulf Coast Division. His appointment was a return to Medical City Children’s Hospital, where he previously served as director of pediatric services.
Allard also worked in several leadership roles at The Women’s Hospital of Texas. He earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.
John Lazenby, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Medical City Children's Hospital
John Lazenby, MD, was named Chief Medical Officer of Medical City Dallas, Medical City Children’s Hospital, Medical City Women’s Hospital, Medical City Heart Hospital and Medical City Spine Hospital in June 2020.
He previously served as CMO of Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. During his tenure, he provided leadership to the medical staff and oversaw several quality, clinical performance and service initiatives throughout the hospital.
Prior to joining HCA Healthcare, Dr. Lazenby spent five years at University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital where he served as Assistant Chief Medical Officer and Associate Professor of Medicine. Prior to joining the team at UAB, he spent 12 years in private practice in both Arkansas and Georgia.
Dr. Lazenby is board Certified in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of his medical practice as well as the Chief Medical Information Officer of an acute care medical and surgical hospital. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians as well as a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership.
Josh Kemph, MHA, ACHE
Chief Operating Officer
Josh Kemph is the chief operating officer (COO) of Medical City Dallas, Medical City Children’s Hospital and Medical City Women’s Hospital.
Prior to this role, Kemph served as COO at Medical City Heart Hospital and Medical City Spine Hospital, premier destination hospitals for cardiac and spine care. Under his leadership, the facilities achieved record growth and high scores for excellent patient experience, employee engagement and safety. He previously served in a dual COO role at Medical City Lewisville and Medical City Las Colinas.
Before North Texas, Kemph was the associate COO at HCA Healthcare's HealthONE Swedish Medical Center in Colorado where he was instrumental in executing strategies to drive specialty service growth, particularly in orthopedics and oncology rehabilitation. He also served at two additional HCA Healthcare facilities and in the corporate office in Nashville.
Kemph earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Chief Financial Officer
Scott Anderton joined Medical City Dallas as chief financial officer in April 2022. In this role, Anderton oversees finance and accounting functions for Medical City Dallas, Medical City Children's Hospital, Medical City Women's Hospital Dallas, Medical City Heart Hospital and Medical City Spine Hospital.
Previously, Anderton served as CFO of HCA Healthcare's Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, since July 2020. He joined HCA Healthcare in 2010 as a staff auditor in the Internal Audit department moving into the hospital setting in 2016 as an assistant chief financial officer at HCA Healthcare's CJW Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. In 2018, Anderton was promoted to chief financial officer of HCA Healthcare's Coliseum Health System, a 413 bed, multi-campus health system in Macon, Georgia.
Anderton holds a Master of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Alabama.
Fausto Devecchi, MD
Assistant Chief Medical Officer of Medical City Dallas, Medical City Children’s Hospital, Medical City Women’s Hospital, Medical City Heart Hospital and Medical City Spine Hospital
Fausto Devecchi, MD, joined HCA two years ago as Physician Advisor and Physician Leader at West Florida Hospital (Pensacola, FL) where he was responsible for quality, accreditation, utilization, patient safety, coding, health Information management, revenue cycle and the development of clinical services.
He is board certified in cardiovascular diseases and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Isenberg School of Management (UMass), and has certifications in Lean Six Sigma (American Society of Quality), Health Care Quality and Management (ABQARP) and Business Intelligence (HFMA). Devecchi is a Certified Physician Executive (AAPL) and he carries a specialization in Advanced Business Analytics (University of Colorado).
Dr. Devecchi graduated with honors in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Turin Medical School in Italy. He specialized in Internal Medicine at Roger Williams Medical Center at Boston University where he served as Chief Resident. While serving as Chief Fellow at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics he specialized in Cardiovascular Disease. Lastly, he specialized in Cardiac Electrophysiology at Brown University. Prior to Joining HCA he spent 12 years in private practice in both Wisconsin and Indiana.
Dr. Devecchi is an active member of several societies including the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American Association for Physician Leadership, the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, and the American College of Physicians.
Mary Beth Short
Vice President of Human Resources
Mary Beth Short was named Vice President of Human Resources at Medical City Dallas, Medical City Children’s Hospital, Medical City Women’s Hospital Dallas, Medical City Heart Hospital and Medical City Spine Hospital in July 2021. She brings more than 20 years of human resources experience, including more than 16 years in healthcare human resources to her position.
Mary Beth previously served as Vice President of Human Resources at Medical City Arlington, Medical City Alliance and Medical City North Hills. Prior to joining Medical City Healthcare, Mary Beth held human resources leadership positions at Medsynergies, Texas Health and Baylor Health Care System.
Mary Beth is a Navy veteran. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies, Human Resources Management from New Hampshire College and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University.
Gabby Underwood, MS, BSN, RN, CPHQ
Gabby Underwood joined Medical City Dallas and Medical City Children’s Hospital as Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety in December 2020.
Gabby has over 25 years of healthcare experience. She previously served as the VP of Quality and Patient Safety at Medical City Fort Worth. There, she led a team who successfully implemented various quality improvement protocols and initiatives during her tenure which have led to vast improvement in quality rankings, metrics and overall patient safety. During her tenure, she achieved many notable accomplishments including: a Leapfrog Grade A Safety Rating for four consecutive quarters – only one in Fort Worth medical district; 14 months consecutively of top decile performance for complications and mortality; successful quality reaccreditation surveys including Comprehensive Stroke Certification, Chest Pain and Spine Surgery; and increased compliance rates for Enhanced Surgical Recovery process in conjunction with surgical services.
Gabby holds a Master of Science in Management from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington.