St. David's HealthCare May 22, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas—Heart Hospital of Austin has named Michael Lopez as its new chief nursing officer. Lopez, who served as chief nursing officer at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital for nearly three years, assumed his new role on May 1.

Lopez brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to Heart Hospital of Austin. During his tenure in Georgetown, he helped lead initiatives aimed at improving patient experience and employee engagement. He also played a key role in helping the facility achieve the Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which demonstrates commitment to creating an environment where nurses excel and feel valued as integral members of inter-professional healthcare teams.

“Michael has a proven track record of excellence within St. David’s HealthCare, and he is highly respected,” David Laird, chief executive officer of Heart Hospital of Austin, said. “We are confident he will play a key role in maintaining the high level of care our patients have come to expect.”

Prior to his position as chief nursing officer at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, Lopez served as the associate chief nursing officer at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center for two years, with oversight of numerous operations across various nursing departments. During this time, Lopez led multiple clinical performance improvement initiatives, as well as served as the executive champion for the implementation strategies in nursing to achieve the highest patient satisfaction scores in five years.

Previously, Lopez worked at Questcare Partners Medical Management in Dallas and as vice president of operations for emergency services in El Paso and San Antonio. He also held a variety of positions at Las Colinas Medical Center in Irving; Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas; RHD Memorial Medical Center in Dallas; and at Doctors Regional Medical Center in Corpus Christi. In 2011, Lopez was named among “The Dallas-Fort Worth Great 100 Nurses.”

Lopez earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in healthcare from Texas Women’s University.

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Heart Hospital of Austin

Heart Hospital of Austin, which is part of St. David’s HealthCare, is a 58-bed hospital and one of the highest performing cardiovascular facilities in the nation, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. It features a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department; an advanced Executive Wellness Program; five operating rooms (ORs), including two hybrid ORs; three catheterization labs; and two electrophysiology labs. It is home to one of the largest non-academic cardiovascular research programs in the world.