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New Horizons: From Graduation to Leadership

Wednesday, April 5, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The ACHENTX New Horizons event is a special two-for-one opportunity. By registering for this event, you will have be able to 1) attend the virtual New Horizons event on April 5 and then in the weeks that follow that event, 2) meet one-on-one virtually with a local healthcare Human Resources representative.



Come out and hear how the following panelists have gone from graduation to leadership.



Jyric Sims, PhD, FACHE – Chief Executive Officer, Medical City Plano and Frisco



Kris Sanders, MBA – Senior Vice President, Northern Market Growth & Development, Children’s Health

Sharita Butler, MHA – Vice President of Clinical Programs, Children’s Health

Felixia Colon, MBA, FACHE – Senior Vice President of Operations and eHealth Solutions, SCP Health

Crystal Brown, MBA – Chief Operating Officer, Methodist Hospital Mansfield

Ajith Pai, PharmD, FACHE – President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort


As noted above, registrants are eligible for a virtual mock interview and/or resume review from a healthcare recruiter after the in-person event. These meetings are for the sole purpose of career development and self-improvement. Individual meetings are not actual job interviews. You will be contacted after you register for instructions on where to send your resume. You must be a registrant for the event to be granted a mock interview/resume review session.


Thanks to Children’s Health Plano for hosting this event!


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Speakers’ Bios:

Crystal Brown, MBA, is a native of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area of North Texas. She serves as the Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center in Mansfield, TX. In this role she is focused on service line growth and development, operational efficiency, and patient experience.

Crystal has a strong passion for personal and professional development that has been sharpened with over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Supply Chain, and Hospital Operations. She is a proud graduate of Texas Woman’s University where she received her Master’s in Business Administration. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, National Association of Health Services Executives, and serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council Committee for Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas. She is certified in Lean Six Sigma, which has taught her to invest in human capital, eliminate waste, and maximize results.

Crystal has received numerous awards for her transformational leadership style and is passionate about teaching others what she has learned along the way. Through her authentic and down to earth approach, she has the ability to genuinely connect with people and assist them in overcoming obstacles to achieve their boldest career goals.

Sharita Butler is the Vice President of Clinical Programs in the Northern Market for Children’s Health. Her primary focus is leading and implementing growth of key clinical programs and service lines to align with the organization’s strategic goals. Sharita has more than 15 years of healthcare experience within Revenue Cycle and has served in several leadership capacities in the hospital and clinic setting. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Stephen F. Austin State University and holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from University of Texas at Arlington.

Felixia Colón, FACHE, a native of Jacksonville, FL, brings over 25 years of healthcare experience to her role as a Senior Vice President with SCP Health. Ms. Colón leads SCP Health’s robust Telehealth Core Solutions for Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine Practices. She maintains oversight and overall accountability for her clients’ clinical performance, quality care, operational excellence, and financial stability.

Ms. Colón has served in various roles in the healthcare field. Her background includes development of a physician outreach program with a major health insurance carrier, managing multi-specialty and multi-site physician practices in emergency medicine, academic hospital medicine programs, private hospital medicine programs, transitional care medicine, eHealth/TeleNocturnist programs, and post-acute practices (SNFs/LTACs).

Ms. Colón formerly served as Senior Vice President for one of the largest independent physician practices in Texas. While there, she was responsible for the oversight of the company’s operations, contracting, business development, marketing, recruiting, and healthcare payment reform programs, which included CMS’ Bundled Payment Care Initiative (BPCI) Program.

A graduate of Nova Southeastern University, Ms. Colón holds a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Management. She earned a Bachelor of Health Administration from the University of North Florida. She is also a Fellow and active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She holds an elected Board of Directors position with the North Texas Chapter of ACHE, serving as 2023 President. She has also previously served as Vice-Chair for the Diversity & Inclusion Committee under ACHENTX.

Ajith Pai, PharmD, FACHE, has served as President of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth since July, 2022. Prior to this role, Ajith served as President of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne for nearly four years. Texas Health Southwest is a CMS 5-star rated facility, ranked #16 in Texas and #5 in DFW on the 2022-23 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals list, and recently was recognized on Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2023 – United States list.

In the role of president, Ajith oversees day to day operations, works to advance physician engagement and promote effective employee, governance, and community relations. Ajith is responsible for ensuring the achievement of the hospital’s goals for patient safety, clinical and non-clinical quality, operational performance and patient, physician, and employee engagement.

Ajith received his Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) from Texas Tech School of Pharmacy and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Ajith enjoys spending time with his family which includes his wife of 15 years, Myriam, their 7 year-old eldest daughter, Elyse, their 2 year-old son Nikhil, and their 1 year-old youngest daughter Yvette. He’s an avid runner and has participated in more than 15 marathons throughout the country and remains involved in the community through memberships on various boards and committees. Ajith is a proud Board member of ACHE of North Texas, and serves this year as the DEI officer: a newly created role across ACHE. Ajith was the 2020 national chair of ACHE’s Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum, continues to serve as an Asian Healthcare Leaders Community (AHLC) national committee member, and is a founding member of ACHE of North Texas’ AHLC. Ajith was also proud to receive the 2022 Regent’s Award for his work on DEI initiatives.

Kris Sanders, FACHE, serves as Senior Vice President, Northern Market Growth and Development for Children’s Health Plano. Kris oversees leadership and implementation of all market activities north of Dallas. She is responsible for the advancement of clinical programs and partnerships in this area.

Kris first joined Children’s Health in 2009 working in ambulatory services. She rejoined Children’s Health in her current role in 2022, after serving as Vice President of Operations for Envision Physician Services.

Kris graduated from Texas State University where she received a Bachelor of Healthcare Administration. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix.

Jyric Sims, PhD, FACHE, was named president and chief executive officer at Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco in 2021.

Together, both hospitals comprise over 700 acute care beds and 3,000 employees. Medical City Plano is an academic and Level 1 Trauma facility with advanced high acuity services inducing but not limited too comprehensive stroke, burn and reconstructive surgery, ECMO, and advanced cardiac care.

Dr. Sims brings more than two decades of healthcare experience to the role. Prior to this position, Dr. Sims served from 2017 to 2021 as CEO of Medical City Fort Worth, a 348-bed, acute care hospital. There, he led more than $115 million in expansions, including the addition of a patient tower with a 30-bed ER, a neuroscience/spine center and the opening of Medical City ER White Settlement.

Dr. Sims joined Medical City Healthcare’s parent company, HCA Healthcare, in 2011, serving as vice president and chief operating officer at Tulane Health System, in New Orleans, Louisiana; chief operating officer of St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida; and associate chief operating officer at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas.

Dedicated to community service, Dr. Sims currently serves on the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board, LSU Foundation Board as the chair of the finance committee, Plano Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and North Texas ACHE Chapter Board. He is a member of Young President’s Organization, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Sims has received numerous accolades, including 2015 Modern Healthcare Up and Comer Award, 2016 UAMS Alumnus of the Year, 2017 National Association of Healthcare Executives Young Executive of the Year, 2018 “40 Under 40” by the Fort Worth Business Press, 2021 Dallas Business Journal 40 under 40, and 2022 Becker’s Top 75 Black Healthcare Leaders to Know.

Dr. Sims holds a PhD in Public Policy from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a Master of Health Administration from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University.


Wednesday, April 5, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


ACHE of North Texas
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Children’s Health Plano – Specialty Center 2
7211 Preston Road
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