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Michael H. Covert, FACHE
Lead Preceptor

CEO, CHI St. Luke's Health
Senior Vice President, CHI St. Luke's Health

Michael H. Covert, a veteran healthcare executive with wide-ranging experience in all facets of a dynamic, rapidly evolving industry is President and Chief Executive Officer of CHI St. Luke’s Health, where he directs the health system’s six hospitals and oversees a regional strategy that is expected to include growth in neighboring communities. He also serves as a Senior Vice President for Catholic Health Initiatives.

His role underscores the expanding responsibilities of key Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) executives responsible for providing leadership, strategic integration and overall operational management for regional or statewide groups of health facilities that span the continuum of care. Prior to joining CHI St. Luke’s Health, Mr. Covert served as President and CEO of Palomar Health in San Diego.

Mr. Covert boasts a long and diverse career in health care that spans four decades and includes top positions with leading tertiary care facilities, an academic medical center and the Physician Corporation of America, which operated health-maintenance organizations, physician clinics and other healthcare facilities in several states.

Since 2003 at Palomar Health, where he led a $1.5 billion healthcare system with three hospitals, two skilled-nursing facilities, home-health agencies, ambulatory facilities, a large medical foundation and a fundraising organization, among other entities. Palomar, which is now part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, was recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2011, 2012 and 2014, as one of the nation’s top small health systems.

Prior to joining Palomar, Mr. Covert served as President of Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC; and President and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health System, Sarasota, Florida. He also has served as Senior Vice President for Physician Corporation of America in Wichita, Kansas; Executive Director of the Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus, Ohio; and Executive Vice President and CEO of St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas, among other positions in the healthcare field.

Mr. Covert earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master in Health Administration from Washington University School of Business, St. Louis. A past chair of the Association of Hospitals and Health Systems of Florida, he served as a member of the board, executive committee and as chair-elect of the California Hospital Association; and as vice-chair of the board of directors of the University of Arizona Health Network.

As a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), he has served as a Regent for both Florida and California.


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Jenny Barnett
Chief Financial Officer – CHI St. Luke’s Health

Before joining CHI St. Luke’s in 2015, Jenny Barnett most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of CHE Trinity Health following the merger of Catholic Health East and Trinity Health to form the second largest Catholic healthcare organization in the country with combined total assets of $20 billion and revenues of approximately $14 billion.  Prior to that, Ms. Barnett served as Chief Financial Officer of east-coast based Catholic Health East one of the 5 largest Catholic healthcare systems in the country.  Before joining Catholic Health East, Ms. Barnett was the System Director of Finance for Texas-based CHRISTUS Health and prior to that Ms. Barnett began her healthcare career with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (formerly Hermann Hospital).


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Michael J. McBride
President, Suburban Hospitals – CHI St. Luke’s Health

Mike serves as our President of Suburban Hospitals since November 9, 2015. He joined us from SCL Health, where he served as President and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. His 25 years of healthcare administration experience also includes eight years with CHRISTUS Health in San Antonio, where he served in a number of operational roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately as Regional Vice President with multiple hospital accountabilities.

Some of Mike’s notable recent accomplishments include: year-over-year improvements in patient safety, employee safety, clinical quality and patient satisfaction; development of an Integrated Leadership Team (integrating medical staff leaders more directly in strategic and operational decision-making); development of an innovative Clinically Integrated Network in partnership with a large primary care group and a local health plan; served as a key member of SCL Health’s Ministry Leadership Team, working to transform the ministry into a top-decile performing organization with affordable services.

In his current role, Mike will focus on the six suburban hospitals in the Greater Houston area, working with each hospital’s leadership team to advance strategic initiatives and improve operational efficiencies. His broad background in hospital administration, paired with his extensive experience working with Catholic healthcare systems will be very beneficial to us as we continue to build our leadership team.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in Waco, TX, and a Master of Science degree from Trinity University in San Antonio. He also completed an Administrative Residency at Methodist Hospitals of Dallas.


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Stephen Moore, MD
Chief Medical Officer – CHI St. Luke’s Health

Dr. Stephen Moore joined the CHI Texas Division as Chief Medical Officer in April, 2015. In this role, Dr. Moore works closely with the CHI Texas Division Chief Nursing Officer, in a dyad leadership approach — joining the medical staff and nursing teams together to align the organization for future success. His responsibilities include oversight for clinical analytics and quality performance; all service lines; patient experience; physician satisfaction; regulatory and patient safety; and infection control.

Dr. Moore has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Catholic Health Initiatives on a national level since 2010. He brings nearly 30 years of experience in physician leadership to his role with the CHI Texas Division.

Before joining CHI, Dr. Moore practiced as a family physician for 14 years in rural Maine and Virginia, including the Hampton Road region of Southeastern Virginia. His vast experience in healthcare includes serving as Senior Vice President of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety at Inova Health System, Falls Church, Virginia; Chief Medical Officer of Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System, Norfolk, Virginia; and as Vice President of Medical Management and Chief Medical Officer of Carolinas Health Care System, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Moore earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine, and completed a physician mini-Master of Business Administration through the College of William and Mary.


Lorie ShoemakerLorie K. Shoemaker, DHA, RN, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer - CHI St. Luke’s Health

Lorie K. Shoemaker joined the CHI Texas Division as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer in September, 2015. In this role, Shoemaker works closely with the CHI Texas Division Chief Medical Officer in a dyad leadership approach — joining the medical staff and nursing teams together to align the organization for future success. Shoemaker’s responsibilities include oversight for the quality of nursing care and nursing practice across the acute and post-acute care continuum.

Prior to joining the CHI Texas Division, Shoemaker served in a variety of leadership roles over a 29-year career at Palomar Health in San Diego, California, including the System Chief Nurse Executive from 2004 to 2014. In this role, Shoemaker provided oversight for nursing care across the system, which included three acute care hospitals and two skilled nursing facilities, as well as ambulatory and home health agencies.

Under Shoemaker’s leadership, the entire health system received Magnet® recognition in 2009, making Palomar Health the first public health system in California to achieve this honor. Most recently, Shoemaker served as the President of Palomar Medical Center, the new, state-of-the art facility that she helped design and operationalize in 2012.

Her work in the area of hospital design led to her appointment with the California Hospital Association’s Joint Committee on Accreditation and Licensing, with an emphasis on changing California regulations to support the widespread adoption and utilization of evidence-based design concepts in healthcare.

Shoemaker holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and a Doctor of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is an alumna of the 2004 Johnson & Johnson/Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives. In 2005, she obtained certification in Advanced Nursing Administration from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


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President,  CHI St. Luke's Health–The Woodlands, Lakeside,  and Springwoods Village

Mr. Argueta joined the CHI St. Luke’s Health Family in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer for The Woodlands Hospital and was recently named Interim President of The Woodlands and Lakeside hospitals. 

Prior to CHI St. Luke’s Health, he served as Vice President of Operations at Baylor Scott & White–Hillcrest in Waco, Texas, where he was responsible for the development, construction and operation of a: $20 million Regional Cancer Center; $4.5 million Ambulatory Surgery Center; a new Acid Reflux Center. He also led the recruitment of more than 25 new healthcare providers within a 12-month period. 

During his seven-year tenure with Baylor Scott & White, Mr. Argueta reported to the CEO with leadership responsibilities for Oncology Service Line, Plant Operations, Clinical Engineering, Property and Construction Management, Environmental Services, Linen Services, Security, Safety, PBX, Transportation, Physician Recruitment, Senior Health Services and Business Development for the system. He also served as the Regional Director of Support Services for the North Region of the Central Texas Operations Division.

He is president/chair of the Texas Hospital Association Leadership Development Council; member of HOTRAC Board of Directors; and holds memberships with the Heart of Texas Regional Advisory Council and the Medical Group Management Association.

As an experienced healthcare executive, Mr. Argueta is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The native Texan earned a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from the university’s Hankamer School of Business.


Al Guevara, JrAl Guevara, Jr., FACHE
President – CHI St. Luke’s Health Brazosport

Al began his healthcare career at Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. In 1988, moved to Bryan, where he spent the next 16 years at St. Joseph Regional Hospital, and was promoted to Vice President of Professional Services. In 2004, Al moved to Lake Jackson, serving as chief operations officer and then CEO since mid-2012.

At Brazosport, Al is responsible for the overall direction of the facility, and works with the Brazosport Advisory Board and the Senior Leadership Team to implement strategic improvements to quality and safety for the patients served; to recruit and retain the appropriate mix of physicians based on community need, and to ensure the provision of services that meet quality standards for clinical outcomes and customer service.


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President - CHI St. Luke's Health Sugar Land

Prior to joining the CHI St. Luke’s Health Family, Mr. Heifner served as CEO of Mainland Medical Center, a 223-bed acute care hospital, where he successfully managed a merger with Clear Lake Regional Medical Center and integrated Medical Staffs and Boards of Trustees under one set of Bylaws and created a Community Advisory Board to strengthen the hospital’s relationship with the community.

During his tenure at the HCA hospital, Mr. Heifner made significant strides in clinical service line development including increased outpatient revenue and inpatient referrals with the development of a new Occupational Medicine Program; opened an Emergency Express Care clinic to relieve the hospital’s ED throughput and an Intermediate Care Unit to relieve ICU congestion and the development of a new Thoracic Surgery program.

Under his leadership, Mainland Medical Center’s operational performance included a 2011 “Top Hospital” designation for excellence in Core Measures and was commended as a “Best Practice” for Emergency Department throughput by The Joint Commission; and the creation of a Rapid Response program resulted in a reduction in Code Blue calls by 52 percent.

Previous positions include Chief Operating Officer and Ethics & Compliance Officer for Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas; and Vice President of Operations at Tulane University Medical Center in Louisiana.

His varied community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Texas City/LaMarque Chamber of Commerce, Galveston County Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, Bay Area Council Executive Board of Directors, Texas City ISD Foundation, and Galveston County Health District and a member of the Texas City Rotary Club.

He was a Fellow of American Healthcare Executives and completed a master’s in healthcare administration at Tulane University and received an MBA and a bachelor of science from Louisiana Tech University.


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Rick Napper
President & CEO – CHI St. Joseph Health

Rick D. Napper serves as Market President of St. Joseph Health in Bryan, Texas since November 2, 2015. Rick joined us from CHI Memorial Healthcare System, where he served as President of Memorial Hospital and Chief Operating Officer for the system in Chattanooga, TN. While there, Rick played an instrumental role in the integration of Memorial into the CHI system. In addition, he brings 19 years of experience in healthcare administration with operational acumen and accomplishments in the areas of clinical, quality and financial operations, new business development, employee and physician relations, and staff development.

Having started his healthcare career as a nurse, then becoming assistant director of quality improvement at Ireland Army Community Hospital in Fort Knox, KY, Rick has a unique perspective and portfolio of experience. As his career advanced, he served in roles of increasing responsibility at moderately sized health systems situated in similar communities to Bryan/College Station.

In his role, Rick leads the St. Joseph Health system, working with leadership to further advance strategic initiatives, improving operational efficiencies, and supporting integration with the Texas division and CHI national. His healthcare experience and values-driven leadership style will benefit the St. Joseph Health market as well as our leadership team overall.

Rick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management from Park College in Parkville, MO, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. He also graduated from the Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam in Houston, TX as an LPN.