Daniela Decell, Chief Executive Officer
Daniela Decell was born in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, to a Texas born-and-bred military father and German mother. The family moved to Texas when she was 3 years old and has never looked back. Decell received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Christian University in 1985. In 1991, she earned her master's degree in nursing administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, became a Certified Healthcare Administrator in 2004 and achieved Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2007.
She began her career in healthcare as a critical care nurse at Saint Joseph Hospital and began her management career in 1996 as the Neuroscience Service Line Director at what is now Medical City Fort Worth. She became Chief Nursing Officer in 1997 and Chief Operating Officer in 2000.
Decell was named Chief Executive Officer at Medical City Las Colinas in August 2005. Since then she has been instrumental in leading growth efforts by:
- Beginning an interventional and open heart program
- Creating state-of-the-art women's services/women's imaging services which includes two digital mammography units, breast MRI and an expanded labor and postpartum area which boosts a roomy VIP suite
- Reintroducing an orthopedic and spine product line to the campus
- Moving NICU to a level 3A status; and
- Obtaining Joint Commission Stroke Certification, July 2011 and re-certification in 2013
- Leapfrog "A" safety rating
In addition, she has worked diligently to create a culture and vision in the organization which fosters a healthy work environment, focuses on the customer and ensures quality outcomes for the patients. Las Colinas has been recognized by The Texas Medical Foundation for The Texas Healthcare Quality Improvement Award of Excellence in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and has achieved Chest Pain level II Accreditation.
Decell is married has four children.
Stephen Trochesset, Chief Financial Officer
Stephen Trochesset currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Medical City Las Colinas. Trochesset began his career in healthcare as a Staff Accountant at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston in 1993. He joined HCA's North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colorado, in 1995 as a Senior Accountant and was promoted to Controller in 1998. He returned to Texas in 2006 and continued his HCA career at Medical City Las Colinas as their Controller. Promoted in 2014 to Chief Financial Officer, Stephen currently oversees daily operations of accounting, health information management, patient access, case management, materials management and asset management.
Stephen received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Texas A&M University in 1992 and a bachelor of science degree in meteorology in 1990. He earned his Certified Public Accountant license in Texas in 1995. He is an active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Lone Star Chapter. In his spare time Stephen enjoys many outdoor activities such as swimming, snowboarding, skiing and hiking.
Carolyn Hunter, Chief Operating Officer
Carolyn Hunter was named Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Medical City Las Colinas in December 2019. Previously, she served as the Vice President of Operations at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals, a part of HCA Virginia. In this position, she led ER progress improvement, enriched laboratory outpatient tests and spearheaded the women's health service line development.
Carolyn began her career with HCA Healthcare in 2014 as she served as an Administrative Fellow at the HCA Continental Division in Denver, Colorado. Since then, she has served in progressive leadership roles.
Carolyn holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Health Administration from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Chase Pedersen, Chief Nursing Officer
Chase Pedersen, MSN, RN, CEN, HACP, NEA-BC, joined Medical City Las Colinas as the Chief Nursing Officer in December 2020.
He began his HCA Healthcare career as an emergency department nurse in 2010. Since then, Chase has served in progressive leadership roles, including Director of Clinical Informatics and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at St. David's North Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas.
During his tenure, he led the facility to multiple accreditations including TJC Primary Stroke, Society of Chest Pain Center and the American Heart Association Mission Lifeline Accreditation. Under his leadership, the hospital also increased their patient satisfaction scores for the last five years in a row.
Chase holds a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Science from Texas Women's University. He is also a graduate of the HCA Healthcare Executive Development Program.