Chief Executive Officer, Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital
Dan Miller was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital in 2018 bringing with him fifteen years of healthcare leadership experience. Prior to joining Methodist Healthcare, Dan held the title of Chief Operating Officer at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado and most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado.
During his tenure as CEO of The Medical Center of Aurora, Dan was instrumental in championing many successful initiatives such as securing funding for several major expansion projects in addition to a new hospital being constructed to serve the growing population in the region. He also contributed to the organization improving many key metrics and outcomes, leading to a five star rating from CMS, being named Best Regional Hospital by US News and World Report, and receiving a Top General Hospital designation from Leapfrog, one of only 45 hospitals across the country to receive this honor.
Under Dan’s leadership, Methodist Hospital has been named Best Regional Hospital by US News and World Report. He has been efficacious in developing the largest robotics hospital in the nation, having performed the highest volume of cases among any other hospital. In addition, Methodist Hospital has expanded its cardiovascular network and has been recognized as the most comprehensive and largest provider of cardiovascular care in the region, including the largest ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) program in South Texas.
Jane Appleby, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Methodist Hospital
Jane Appleby, MD, MBA was appointed Chief Medical Officer for Methodist Hospital in 2014. Prior to joining the hospital executive leadership team, Dr. Appleby was in the role of Chief Quality Officer for Methodist Healthcare. During this time, Methodist Healthcare achieved recognition as a recipient of the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, and Methodist Hospital received the Texas Medical Foundation Health Quality Institute Gold Award.
Dr. Appleby served on regional and state boards and committees primarily dedicated to improving clinical quality and safety in addition to contributing to journal articles, chapters and books. She is a member of the Texas Hospital Association’s Hospital Physician Executive Constituency, serving as Chair of this group in 2013 and 2014, also participating as an Ex-officio Member of the Texas Hospital Association Council on Policy Development during this period.
Under her leadership as CMO, Dr. Appleby leads the quality team at Methodist Hospital earning recognition by US News and World Report as Best Regional Hospital for high-performance in specialties and procedures. She plays an instrumental role in supporting program development for the hospital to include the Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, ECMO, ECPR, and Aortic programs. Dr. Appleby also developed and deployed a physician well-being program to address the pervasive issue of physician fatigue.
Lori Townsend, MHA, BSN, CCRN-K
Chief Nursing Officer, Methodist Hospital
Lori Townsend, MHA, BSN, CCRN-K was appointed Chief Nursing Officer of Methodist Hospital in 2020. An experienced leader, Lori has served in healthcare for the past 35 years. Since 2017, Lori supported all Perioperative Services, Women’s Services, and Children’s Services as the Chief Nursing Officer for Methodist Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining Methodist Children’s Hospital, Lori worked at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada for 26 years. During her last five years at Sunrise, Lori served as Associate Chief Nursing Officer for the children’s hospital and women’s services.
Lori brings incredible experience and compassion for people, patients, and a dedication for the nursing profession. She has a long history of leading new programs, quality improvement initiatives, and helping team members achieve their clinical and career goals. Lori was instrumental in helping Methodist Children’s Hospital achieve the Level 4 NICU and Level 4 Maternal designation for the state of Texas, which illustrates the highest level of quaternary designation for those services. One of her many passions is ensuring all patients and families have an exceptional experience during their hospitalization. Under her leadership, employee and physician engagement scores year-over-year improved, employee turnover decreased, and the hospital consistently received high patient and family satisfaction scores.
Chief Financial Officer, Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital
John Armour was appointed Chief Financial Officer for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital in 2021. John holds a 25-year tenure at HCA with extensive financial, operational, and accounting healthcare experience.
Throughout his career, John has held a variety of financial positions, including his former role as CFO in the HCA Gulf Coast Division where he was responsible for the financial management of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Pearland Medical Center, and Mainland Medical Center. John has also served in CFO roles at Kingwood Medical Center, Bayshore Medical Center, East Houston Medical Center and Texas Orthopedic Hospital.
John is responsible for anticipating and addressing financial roadblocks while controlling assets, leading teams, monitoring productivity, and meeting financial goals. He assists the CEO to shape strategy and provide the financial acumen in order to meet established business plans and targets.
He holds a BBA from Southern Arkansas and a MBA from Northcentral University. John has been instrumental in many growth and development initiatives throughout his career and was recognized as a Houston Business Journal CFO of the Year nominee in 2018.