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Our Leadership

C. David Huffstutler

President and Chief Executive Officer

St. David’s HealthCare

In February 2011, C. David Huffstutler was named president and CEO of St. David’s HealthCare, a $1.7-billion, seven-hospital healthcare system, with more than 110 locations throughout Central Texas. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, employing more than 8,700 associates and supported by more than 2,000 medical staff members. Mr. Huffstutler is also the president of the HCA Central and West Texas Division, which in addition to St. David’s HealthCare in Austin, also includes Las Palmas Del Sol HealthCare—a two-hospital system in El Paso.

Prior to assuming the role as president and CEO of St. David’s HealthCare and president of the HCA Central and West Texas Division, Mr. Huffstutler served as CEO of St. David’s Medical Center, which comprises four of the seven member hospitals of St. David's HealthCare, including St. David's Hospital, St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital, St. David's Georgetown Hospital and Heart Hospital of Austin. Before joining St. David's HealthCare in 2007, Mr. Huffstutler served for three years as CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in Houston, and prior to that, for seven years in various hospital operations leadership roles in the Houston market for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Before joining HCA, he spent nearly fifteen years in management positions for The Methodist Health Care System in Houston.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. Huffstutler holds an undergraduate degree in healthcare management from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in healthcare from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

Professionally, Mr. Huffstutler is immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Hospital Association (THA), the state’s hospital industry group, and also serves on the executive committee. Prior to serving on the THA board, he served as a director of the association’s political action committee, HOSPAC. He is also a member of the American College of HealthCare Executives.

Mr. Huffstutler is active in several organizations in Austin. He is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization, which is a membership organization of business and community leaders advancing the economic and social well-being of the Central Texas area. He also serves on the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Corporation Board, American Heart Association Capital Area Division Board of Directors and on the Board of Trustees for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.

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Cindy Sightes

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

St. David’s HealthCare

Cindy Sightes was named chief financial officer of St. David's HealthCare in June 2012. With more than 22 years of financial management and leadership experience in the healthcare industry, Sightes leads the financial division of St. David’s HealthCare’s seven-hospital healthcare system, across 90 locations in Central Texas.

Prior to assuming this role, Sightes served as chief financial officer of St. David’s North Austin Medical, where she not only successfully managed the facility’s financial operations but was also instrumental in advancing a number of key strategic growth initiatives. Sightes played a major role in physician recruitment to the campus, development of the Women’s Center of Texas, creation of the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, and in the facility’s access strategy to develop urgent and free-standing emergency care centers. Sightes’s responsibilities were expanded in 2008 when she was appointed chief financial officer of St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center. Under her leadership, both hospitals continued to grow and improve operational performance.

Before joining St. David’s HealthCare, Sightes served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer for Columbia North Monroe Hospital, a 222-bed facility in Monroe, La. In addition to other prior healthcare roles, Sightes has served as an accountant and auditor, directly involved in Medicare cost reports for Arkansas BlueCross and BlueShield.

Sightes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In addition to her professional role, she also serves on the Texas State University Development Foundation Board.

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Thomas W. Knight, MD

Chief Medical Officer

St. David’s HealthCare

Thomas W. Knight, M.D., joined the St. David’s HealthCare leadership team in March 2012 as chief medical officer. Dr. Knight leads the clinical and quality initiatives that support the provision of consistent clinical performance and practice standards in St. David’s HealthCare’s seven hospitals and other sites across Central Texas.

Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Knight served as the chief quality officer at The Methodist Hospital System in Houston. In that role, he led the system to achieve numerous national quality awards and rankings. In addition, Dr. Knight was CEO and president of Methodist Physicians Alliance for Quality, a collaborative effort among more than 800 physicians to deliver excellence in healthcare, patient satisfaction and outcomes. He also served as an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Before joining The Methodist Hospital System, Dr. Knight served as vice president of quality for California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Calif. In that role, he oversaw quality improvement, outcomes management, case management, JCAHO accreditation, and patient education for the four-campus system with direct reports of approximately 180 full-time employees, among others.

Prior to that, Dr. Knight was the medical director of quality and disease management for Forsyth Medical Group, an organization of 250 employed physicians across 31 sites in Winston-Salem, N.C. During his tenure, the physician group received national attention for diabetes, heart and stroke programs and was chosen as one of 12 groups in the nation to participate in the large group demonstration project with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

In addition to other prior roles, Dr. Knight also served as the chief medical officer of Ochsner Health Plan, a more than 20,000-member-group model HMO. He has served as a surveyor with the National Committee for Quality Assurance since 1991 and as a member of their Review Oversight Committee since 2000. Dr. Knight earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Houston. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1983 and went on to complete his internal medicine residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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William H. Rice, MD

Senior Vice President of Clinical Innovation

St. David’s HealthCare

William (Bill) H. Rice, M.D., is the senior vice president of clinical innovation for St. David’s HealthCare. In this role, Dr. Rice supports a portfolio of informatics initiatives focused on usability, variation, analytics and modeling, and works to deploy a formalized innovation infrastructure across the St. David’s HealthCare system.

Prior to joining St. David’s HealthCare, Dr. Rice served as chief medical officer of Whiteglove House Call Health, a company he co-founded. Prior to that, Dr. Rice was the first full-time physician involved in the development of RevolutionHealth, a leading consumer-centric health company founded to transform how people approach their overall health and wellness.

In addition to his 14 years of experience in clinical emergency medicine, Dr. Rice has participated in the formation and initial work of a number of early-stage health care companies. As the founding chairman and chief executive officer of Stat HealthCare, Dr. Rice built one of the largest physician management companies in the United States and managed the business from inception to public offering.

Dr. Rice holds a patent for a system and method to optimize the care of chronic disease patients. He is the author of a book entitled American Health Care 2008, Opportunities for Disruptive Improvement. In 2013, Dr. Rice was appointed by Governor Perry to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, and serves as chair.

Dr. Rice earned a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors from the University of Michigan. He went on to complete his Doctor of Medicine from The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio and thereafter received postgraduate training in trauma and general surgery at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston.

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Marian J. Wu

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

St. David’s HealthCare

Marian Wu currently holds the position of senior vice president and chief legal officer at St. David's HealthCare. Prior to joining St. David's HealthCare, Wu was senior counsel at Jackson Walker L.L.P. She is board certified in health law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has more than 19 years of experience representing healthcare clients.

Wu’s prior private law practice consisted of advising for-profit, non-profit and governmental hospital clients and other healthcare clients on a wide range of operational and regulatory matters, healthcare and commercial litigation, professional malpractice defense, and federal and state administrative appeals.

Wu earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Managerial Studies from Rice University. She went on to complete her law degree at The University of Texas School of Law. Marian has been named a "Rising Star" (2008-2009) by Texas Monthly.

Wu serves on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Austin and Central Texas which, through the local Ronald McDonald House and Family Rooms located in area hospitals, provides families of critically ill and hospitalized children a home-away-from-home.

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Julie Hajek

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

St. David’s HealthCare

Julie Hajek is the senior vice president of human resources for St. David’s HealthCare. In this role, Hajek provides support to St. David’s HealthCare’s more than 9,000 employees and will be responsible for continuing to build employee engagement and maintaining strong employee relations.

Hajek joined St. David’s HealthCare more than 20 years ago, working in the human resources department at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center. Since then, she has served in a number of human resource positions with increasing levels of responsibility at three hospitals.

Most recently, Hajek served as a facility vice president of human resources at St. David’s Medical Center. Prior to her position at St. David’s Medical Center, she worked for more than 10 years as director of human resources at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.

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Mike Blom

Chief Information Officer

St. David’s HealthCare

Mike Blom is the chief information officer for St. David’s HealthCare. He has been a member of the St. David’s HealthCare team for more than 20 years and has served in several roles during his tenure with the organization, including director of technical services for the healthcare system and director of information services at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. Before joining St. David’s HealthCare, Mike was the operations manager of McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Sheila Fata

Chief Nursing Executive

St. David’s HealthCare

Sheila Fata is the chief nursing executive for HCA Central and West Texas Division. In this role, Fata is responsible for the overall strategic direction of nursing practices and nursing operations.

Most recently, Fata served as chief nursing officer at St. David’s Medical Center for nearly two years. During her tenure, she reorganized and re-energized key nursing structures and successfully enhanced best practices to improve the overall patient experience.

Sheila Fata was named chief nursing officer of St. David’s Medical Center in June 2015. Before joining St. David’s Medical Center, Fata served as vice president of operations and chief nursing officer at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, a 277-bed tertiary care facility. Her responsibilities included line authority for all nursing and clinical operations, with supervision of more than 1,100 employees. During her tenure there, Fata provided clinical oversight for a $250-million facility expansion, and she facilitated the onboarding of more than 400 clinical staff. She also initiated multiple new inpatient service lines, including cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, bariatric surgery, robotic surgery and pediatrics, among others.

Texas Nurses Association District 9 named Fata Outstanding Nurse for 2014. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital attained Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center under her leadership.

Prior to her role with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Fata held a variety of executive and managerial roles at Memorial Hermann HealthCare System in Houston; CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital in Katy; Park Plaza Hospital in Houston; MD Anderson Cancer Center, also in Houston; and at Whittaker Health Corporation of America in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia.

Fata earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and she went on to earn her Master of Business Administration degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

Fata is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, American College of HealthCare Executives, American Nurses Association and the Texas Nurses Association. Fata is board certified as an advanced nurse executive with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


Cindy Blackwell – Vice President, Managed Care

Rod Carbonell – Vice President, Physician Operations

Denise Bradley – Vice President, Communications and Community Affairs

Amanda Frye – Vice President, Marketing and Physician and Provider Relations

Caroline Murphy – Division Ethics and Compliance Officer

Hamel Patel – Vice President, Operations, Ambulatory Surgery Division

Adonica Benesh – Vice President, Quality

Tony Valenty – Vice President, Planning

Mark Worsham – Vice President, Corporate Services


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