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Cocktails with the Chiefs

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Our popular Cocktails with the Chiefs event is back in Dallas – once again at the trendy Mercury Grill.

Come listen as local industry leaders share their experiences, gaining insights on how to build leadership skills and leveraging them for professional growth. Learn from their successes and challenges and be inspired to further pursue your own professional and personal development goals.

The event will include some great networking opportunities as well.


Nancy Vish, RN, Ph.D., NEA-BC
Baylor Heart & Vascular Hospital


John A. Gillean, M.D., M.H.A.
Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer

Ken Hutchenrider, FACHE
Methodist Richardson Medical Ctr

Winjie Miao
EVP, Chief Experience Officer
Texas Health Resources

Dr. Zach Mueller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Division Chief Nursing Executive
Medical City Healthcare | HCA North Texas Division

Troy Thibodeaux
Regional President
Sound Physicians

Speaker Bios:

John A. Gillean, M.D. serves as the senior clinical executive of CHRISTUS Health, a faith-based, Catholic health care organization serving communities in the U.S., Mexico, and Colombia. In this capacity, Dr. Gillean oversees all clinical departments and programs needed for the delivery of high quality health care to fulfill the mission, “To extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.” His many areas of responsibility include quality and patient safety, health informatics, accreditation readiness, clinical research and academics, physician and nurse professional development, clinical risk management, and other areas that impact the care delivered to patients and communities.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Arkansas in 1977, Dr. Gillean completed an internal medicine internship at Tulane University in 1978, and his internal medicine residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1980. He achieved his board certification in internal medicine in 1981. From the time he graduated until 1995, he served as an internal medicine specialist in a community group practice in Texarkana, Texas. Prior to 1999, when Dr. Gillean assumed his current role with CHRISTUS Health, he served in a variety of administrative capacities as Medical Director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas, a physician-hospital association, in addition to managing a multi-specialty clinic and his own practice.

Dr. Gillean has a passion for quality health care delivery to meet the needs of individual patients and unique populations. He actively encourages physician and nursing input for problem solving and more effective transition of care from the acute care setting to ambulatory or home services. He continuously challenges CHRISTUS Health associates to move to a high reliability organization which first does no harm, and then optimizes health care outcomes.

Dr. Gillean has long supported the use of technology to improve the delivery of care through the use of evidence-based practices, implementation of best practices, and reducing human errors. As part of this commitment, he has co-authored a number of professional articles relating to the improvement of health care through the use of this technology. These include:

  • “A search for the ‘Holy Grail’ of health care: a correlation between quality and profitability.” Healthcare Financial Management, 2006.
  • “EHRs, CPOE and digital documentation: An effective component of the U.S. national response to the epidemic of medical error related deaths.” British Medical Journal, 2016.
  • “In defense of Meaningful Use.” Journal of Clinical Pathways, 2016.
  • “The impact of order source misattribution on provider CPOE performance.” (in peer review)
  • “Clinical impact and value of workstation single sign on.” (in peer review)

In addition to these professional outreach efforts through various publications, Dr. Gillean encourages his staff to actively participate in their professional organizations/associations on a national level. He believes that by sharing the learnings and best practices collaboratively, health care for all Americans can be improved.

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 currently serves as the Chairman of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. Ken is an enthusiastic supporter of the PISD Health Sciences Academy.

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.

Winjie Tang Miao is the executive vice president and chief experience officer for Texas Health Resources. In this role, she leads system efforts to deliver a seamless, holistic consumer experience across the entire Texas Health organization. The Experience division uses consumer insights to develop new products and services, establish and maintain a consistent, differentiated consumer and care team experience, enhance the Texas Health brand, and drive Texas Health’s strategic and operational transformation efforts.

Miao joined Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in 2000 as an administrative resident. At Texas Health Dallas she oversaw the development of more than $500 million in construction and the growth and development of outpatient clinics and the oncology service line. In 2007, she was named president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, a facility that is recognized for both quality and community health efforts. In 2011, she became president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance. Under her leadership, Texas Health Alliance opened in 2012, and has received national recognition for its innovative technology. Miao became Texas Health’s senior vice president of System Integration and Innovation in 2015 and was instrumental in systemwide efforts such as Reliable Care Blueprinting.

In 2013, Miao was honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award from the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce-Southwest Region. She has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” (2015) and “25 Healthcare Leaders Under Age 40” (2012). In 2008, she was honored as one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s “Up and Comers.”

A biomedical engineering graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Miao also earned a master’s degree in health care administration, with a concentration in financial management and quality management, from the University of North Carolina.

Zach Mueller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, serves as division chief nursing executive (DCNE) of Medical City Healthcare. In this role, he oversees patient care, nursing practice, education, informatics, patient experience, research and operations for nurses and other caregivers at all Medical City Healthcare hospitals in North Texas.

Dr. Mueller joined Medical City Dallas and Medical City Children’s Hospital in 2011 and was promoted to senior vice president and facility CNE in 2015. Under his leadership, patient satisfaction scores for women’s services and the neonatal intensive care unit increased significantly, and Medical City Dallas received an unprecedented third Magnet® designation for nursing excellence. In 2014, he was named among the prestigious Dallas-Fort Worth “Great 100 Nurses.”

Known for his innovation, Zach created the Compassion Campaign, a multiphase patient experience initiative designed to create compassionate connections between nurses and patients. The campaign contributed to the highest registered nurse (RN) employee engagement in five years and notable improvements in patient satisfaction results.

Dr. Mueller brings a wealth of healthcare experience to his role, having worked in nursing for over 18 years, chiefly at the bedside as an RN in the emergency department. He has also served in a variety of leadership roles, including as director of education, director of pediatrics and director of cardiovascular services. He has been a leader within HCA Healthcare, the parent company, for over 14 years. Zach is active in several professional organizations, including the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). His career achievements include speaking nationally and internationally on a variety of nursing and healthcare topics.

Dr. Mueller holds two doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado, a Doctor of Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice, as well as a master’s degree in nursing and two undergraduate degrees. He is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a nursing executive, advanced.

As a dynamic nursing executive, Zach is passionate about nursing and leadership and is actively involved in driving organizational and system performance, and supporting a highly engaged and outcomes-driven workforce.

Nancy A. Vish, RN, PhD, FACHE, is president and chief nursing officer for the Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital. Since 2002, Dr. Vish has led north Texas’ first hospital dedicated solely to the care and treatment of heart and vascular disease. Her vision and commitment to quality, patient-centered care have enabled the hospital to become a destination of choice for patients in North Texas, across the state of Texas and from across the nation, seeking diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of heart and vascular issues. Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital has become one of the leading heart disease research centers in the country thanks to Dr. Vish’s compassion and dedication to bringing tomorrow’s revolutionary cardiac interventions to patients today. Her laser-like focus on collaboration with world renown cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons on the medical staff of Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, has resulted in evidence-based care being delivered to every patient, every time. This has led to quality outcomes that consistently place Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital near the top of national quality performance metrics. Thanks to her experience as a nurse and her passion for leadership the hospital has earned many awards and recognitions, including:

  • The Guardian Award for Excellence in Patient Satisfaction and the Beacon of Excellence Award in Patient Satisfaction from Press Ganey
  • Top Performer on Key Quality Measures from The Joint Commission
  • Named one of the “Nation’s Best Cardiovascular Programs” by Becker’s Hospital Review
  • Magnet® status for excellence in nursing services from the American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Named to Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work list in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Texas Award for Performance Excellence, the state’s highest honor for quality and organization performance, from the Quality Texas Foundation
  • 2014 Mission: Lifeline® Gold Achievement award from the American Heart Association for efforts to provide prompt, evidence-based care for heart attack patients.

Dr. Vish holds a doctor of nursing degree from Texas Women’s University, a master of science in nursing degree from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to assuming her role as president/CNO for Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, she was vice president of clinical operations/CNO for the hospital. She has also served as program manager/director for the cardiac cath lab, electrophysiology/PM(?) lab, coronary care unit and interventional cardiology unit at Baylor University Medical Center and as head nurse of the specialty care unit at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN. She began her nursing career at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Vish has received many special honors during her career:

  • Top 100 Women in Healthcare to Watch by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Finalist for D Magazine Top Nurses-Administration
  • Nominated to attend Leadership Dallas by the Dallas Chamber of Commerce
  • Profiled by Health Leaders Media
  • Great 100 Nurses of Dallas

Dr. Vish is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, past president of the American Association of Critical Care Nursing (Dallas chapter), sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society, Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals, American College of Cardiovascular Administrators Society of Critical Care Medicine, Vascular Nurses Society, American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association and Texas Organization of Nurse Executives.


As Sound Physician’s Regional President, Troy Thibodeaux provides operational and strategic leadership to drive value for patients, physicians, and hospital partners.

Throughout his 20 years of leadership experience, Troy has successfully worked to improve clinical quality, safety, patient experience and cost-effectiveness.  With an emphasis on servant leadership, Troy works to develop and encourage teams to drive performance.

Prior to joining Sound, he served as President and CEO of Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, TX.  Troy is a strong supporter of The American College of Healthcare Executives and has served in multiple roles that include President of the East Texas ACHE Chapter.  He is also a recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives Regents Award.

Troy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas State University and a Master of Health Care Administration from Texas Woman’s University.


Thanks to Sound Physicians for hosting this event!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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