Preceptors & Mentors
Doug Lawson currently serves as CEO of the CHI Texas Division, a $2 billion+ regional health system with 17 hospitals that stretches across the southeastern section of the state and includes CHI St. Luke’s Health in Houston, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial in the Lufkin-East Texas area, and CHI St. Joseph Health in Bryan/College Station and Brazos Valley region. He also serves as Senior Vice President for Catholic Health Initiatives, the Englewood, Colo.-based parent company of the CHI Texas Division.
Lawson began his healthcare career at Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinic in Temple, Texas, and served in Kansas City with the Saint Luke’s Health System and later in Huntington, West Virginia, for Cabell-Huntington Hospital. Following these leadership roles, Lawson returned to Texas and became president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine and was asked to serve as President of the organization’s North Texas Central Region and Baylor University Medical Center in 2015.
Lawson is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He went on to complete a Master of Science degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and a doctorate in philosophy from Dallas Baptist University. Lawson is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
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.
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.
As the Market Chief Executive Officer and President, Monte Bostwick is responsible for strategic planning and CHI St. Luke's Health–Memorial's integration with Catholic Health Initiatives. He works closely with CHI Texas Division and Memorial leaders, staff, and physicians to enhance healthcare delivery and strengthen the quality and effectiveness of services provided to our patients and the community. Mr. Bostwick began his tenure with CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial as the Market CEO/President in 2016.
Mr. Bostwick previously served as CEO of Merit Health in Biloxi, Mississippi, an acute care, 198-bed private hospital with a joint venture ASC and multiple physician clinics in a highly competitive market. Before that he served as CEO at Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center in Yakima, Washington, CEO at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory, Mississippi, and CEO/COO at Toppenish Community Hospital in Toppenish, Washington.
Mr. Bostwick earned a Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University in Lubbock and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Lubbock Christian University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served on the Mississippi Hospital Association Legislative & Systems of Care Committees.
With more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Jim Parisi was appointed President of CHI St. Luke’s Health - The Woodlands, Lakeside and Springwoods Village Hospitals in January 2018. Jim, a well-respected and highly capable leader with more than 30 years of healthcare experience, brings to the organization an accomplished, established career as an administrator committed to growth and excellence across a balanced scorecard.
Jim has held a variety of positions increasing in responsibility and scope in various healthcare organizations. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer for Memorial Hermann Health System’s Katy Hospital. His previous roles at Memorial Hermann included Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Nursing Officer. Jim helped build a culture of safety and improved communication, nurse and physician relationships, and physician satisfaction. Promoted to Chief Executive Officer, Jim continued to establish and lead initiatives, as well as guided $130 million in construction projects. Under Jim’s leadership, the hospital received the Quality Texas Foundation’s 2017 Award for Performance Excellence and attained a top two percent patient safety score from Truven. Further, the facility was one of only 72 hospitals in the United States to achieve Leapfrog straight A’s since 2012 and was named one of Becker’s Top 49 Hospitals.
Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, Parisi held an executive leadership role as Vice PresidentTrauma for the East Texas Regional Healthcare System (ETMC) in Tyler, Texas and was Director for Trauma Services at Brackenridge Hospital, Austin, Texas.
Jim Parisi holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, Texas, a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas, and an Associate degree in Applied Science, Nursing (ADN) from Central Texas University in Killeen, Texas. Jim currently serves on the board for Quality Texas Foundation, a state based organization focused on the Baldrige framework. Parisi is a past Board Member of the American Red Cross, Katy Chamber of Commerce, Katy Children’s Discovery Museum, and has served on the Governor’s Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council, Trauma Systems, Statewide Diversion Task Force, Statewide Air-Medical Task Force, and American Heart Association State Advocacy Committee. Most recently, he served as Treasurer on the Executive Board of the Texas EMS Trauma & Acute Care Foundation.
Steven Foster is President of CHI St. Luke’s Health–Patients Medical Center in Pasadena, TX which is one of five key hospitals within the Texas Suburban Hospital Division. Patients Medical Center is an acute care hospital offering patient care services to the residents of Pasadena, Deer Park, Baytown, Clear Lake and Pearland.
Originally from Texas, Foster has more than 16 years of progressive hospital administration experience in Oklahoma, Texas and internationally in Costa Rica and Mexico. His vast experience ranges from small for-profit hospitals to large, U.S. News and World Report Ranked #1 Academic Medical Centers.
Prior to joining CHI St. Luke’s Patients Medical Center, Foster served as Chief Executive Officer at Barstow Community Hospital (a member of Community Health Systems) located in California and served as a key member of the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) Medi-Cal Task for designing and implementing innovative delivery of care programs for the State of California.
Steven earned a Master’s degree in Business (MBA) and a Master’s of Healthcare Administration (MHA) from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Sam Houston State University and is board certified as a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
He is noted for creating productive relationships with members of the medical staff, employees, and Board members in each organization he works at. He has managed complex hospital operations and physician practices with over 50 physicians. His collaborative management style and focus on accountability at all levels produces positive results in patient safety, employee and physician satisfaction.
Rob has been President of CHI St. Luke’s Health–Sugar Land Hospital since July, 2012. During his tenure the hospital has grown by over 40% and opened the Family Birthing Center in 2016. In 2013 the hospital was awarded the NRC Picker “Path to Excellence” award for improvement in patient satisfaction and the 2017 Premier “Partnership for Patients” award from the US Department of Health and Human Services for top 10% improvement in reduction in unnecessary hospital readmissions.
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 in Texas City, Texas, where his hospital was commended by The Joint Commission as a “Best Practice” for Emergency Department efficiency and throughput. They were also awarded a “Top Hospital” designation for excellence in Core Measures.
Previous positions include Chief Operating Officer for Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas; and Vice President of Operations at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans.
His varied community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Ft. Bend Economic Development Council, Board of Directors for Ovarcome, Inc. (Ovarian Cancer Foundation), Board of Directors for HOSPAC (the Texas Hospital Association’s Political Action Committee), Texas City/LaMarque Chamber of Commerce, Galveston County Salvation Army, Bay Area Council Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, Galveston County Health District Board, and serving as Past President of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Great New Orleans.
He is 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.
Gay Nord was named President of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in October, 2016. A widely respected executive with more than 20 years of experience in health care, Gay is leading Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center into the next era.
Gay previously served as Chief Executive Officer for Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, where under her leadership, earnings and market share grew to an all- time high and record achievements were reached in national quality indicators. Employee engagement and patient experience rankings moved from the bottom to the upper quartiles, and physician engagement survey scores soared to record levels.
Leading the largest hospital within Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio, during Gay’s tenure, Methodist Healthcare was the first health care system in south Texas to earn the Texas Award for Performance Excellence.
Following on the heels of the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, Methodist Healthcare was chosen for a Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award site visit, an organization which surveys organizations as potential recipients of the nation's highest award for organizational performance excellence.
Gay developed several new service lines during her tenure at Methodist, to include the Adult Congenital Heart Program, a Cardio-Oncology Program, and the region’s largest Structural Heart Program, resulting in record cardiac volumes and a market share gain of 21 percent. In addition, Methodist robotic surgery program volumes grew to over 1,200 surgeries annually, an increase of 290 percent.
Prior to Methodist, Gay served as Chief Executive Officer at HCA’s Overland Park Regional Medical Center, in Overland Park, Kansas. She also served as Chief Executive Officer at Kingwood Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer at West Houston Medical Center, both HCA hospitals in Houston.
Gay earned a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Texas Women’s University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston.