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Check-In with the Chiefs

Thursday, July 23, 2020 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 pm

We are excited to bring to you our first-ever Check-In with the Chiefs event, a virtual version of our extremely popular and frequently sold out Cocktails with the Chiefs.

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Our presenters will include:

Josh Floren, FACHE
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

Ken Hutchenrider, Jr. FACHE (Moderator)
Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Stephanie Speights, PhD
Senior Vice President of Talent Management Development & Chief Learning Officer
Parkland Hospital and Health System

Laura Tortorella
Executive Vice President, Operations
Steward Health Care System


Speakers’ Bios:

Josh Floren, FACHE, is the president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.

Josh joined Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano in 2013. Prior to joining the hospital, he worked as the executive vice president of operations at Parkland Hospital. Josh has an extensive background in business development, physician relations, financial management, strategic planning, hospital operations, performance and quality improvement.

Josh earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M University and a master’s in health administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed a fellowship at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV and while there became a certified Six Sigma Blackbelt by GE.

Josh currently serves on multiple community boards including the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center and is a past president of the North Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He currently participates on the Texas Hospital Association’s Policy Council and is on Texas A&M University’s Biomedical Science Advisory Board.

Josh received the American College of Healthcare Executive Reagent’s Award in 2016 and was awarded Texas A&M University’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2017

Josh has been married for 15 years to his wife Valerie. They have 3 children, Jackson (12), Brooks (9) and Charlotte (6). He is active in his church and spends much of his time coaching the kid’s baseball and soccer teams.


Ken Hutchenrider, FACHE, joined Methodist Richardson Medical Center as President in July, 2010.

He has more than 25 years of executive experience with a result oriented record of substantially increasing financial stability and strengthening team management to build a tradition of providing the best care possible to the communities served.

During his tenure, Ken administered the assimilation of the hospital into the Methodist Health System, as well as the development of a $120M replacement hospital and its subsequent and ongoing expansions. Pam Stoyanoff, Chief Operations Officer of Methodist Health System has said “Ken is an outstanding leader with a proven track record in operational excellence.”

Additional accomplishments include the establishment of a new wound care center, recruitment and stabilization of the NICU physician group, development of the Da Vinci surgical program, and the successful recruitment/employment of new medical staff members. Under his direction, Methodist Richardson has received accreditations as a Chest Pain Center, a Stroke Center, and achieved nursing Pathway to Excellence.

Prior to July 2010, Ken served as the Chief Executive Officer of Galesburg Cottage Hospital, in Galesburg, Illinois. There, he successfully and effectively managed all facets of the 173 bed acute care facility, including a skilled nursing unit, inpatient psychiatric unit, a joint venture outpatient therapy unit, and a joint venture dialysis unit.

Previously in his career, Ken served in executive roles including Chief Executive Officer of the Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. Ken started his career in a clinical position as a Paramedic Shift Supervisor in Pasadena, Texas.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of Houston, Clear Lake.

Ken has received many accolades, including the American Heart Association SOAR Award, the Community Health System Outstanding Achievement Award, and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is actively involved in the community and has served as the Chairman of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and President of the Plano Independent School District Foundation. Ken is an enthusiastic supporter of the PISD Health Sciences Academy. Currently, Ken serves as the Regent for Northern Texas for the American College of Healthcare Executives and has recently been elected to the Richardson City Council in Place 5.

On a personal note, Ken and his wife Melinda have two teenage daughters. When he’s not spending time with his family, you are most likely to find Ken on the golf course. He is also a private pilot.


Stephanie Speights, PhD, is Senior Vice President of Talent Management Development & Chief Learning Officer at Parkland Hospital and Health System. An experienced health care executive, Stephanie is tasked with aligning talent development programs, employee engagement, and workforce management consulting to grow a highly skilled and competitive workforce. Prior to joining Parkland in July 2019, Stephanie spent 10 years at Children’s Health, most recently as the Vice President of Talent Management & Chief Learning Officer.

At Children’s Stephanie led talent acquisition, learning and leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and workforce development integration.

Recent Presentations & Recognition

  • Texas Hospital Association (THA) Leadership Fellow, class of 2018
  • Conference Speaker, ASHHRA 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition: Going Beyond the Usual Suspects: Unleash the Power of Quiet Leadership, September 2018
  • National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) 2018 BOLD Award Recipient: Best Organizations for Leadership Development
  • AXIS Awards, including 2018 Best in Show, Dallas Association for Talent Development (ATD)


Laura Tortorella is the Executive Vice President of Operations of Steward Health Care System. In this role, she oversees labor management, supply chain, and hospital operational initiatives as well as the system’s predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and operational platforms. Ms. Tortorella has over 14 years in health care business management. Before joining Steward, she held management positions overseeing the respiratory disease division at Children’s Hospital, Boston. Ms. Tortorella earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Harvard College and MBA from Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.




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A special thanks to The Medicus Firm for hosting this event!


Thursday, July 23, 2020
6:00 am - 7:00 pm


ACHE of North Texas
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