"The day before my husband was to be released from LifeCare, he turned to me and said he knew he had been given a second chance at life. For this reason our family will be forever grateful to the doctors, nurses, therapists and staff of LifeCare, whom my husband now refers to as his 'angels'."
-Sharon from Texas
Phillip B. Douglas, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
An accomplished executive, Phillip Douglas brings more than 30 years of healthcare and management experience to his role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LifeCare Holdings, Inc. Mr. Douglas joined LifeCare in January 2006 and served as Chief Financial Officer until April 2008 when he was named President. He was made Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in March 2011. He serves as Board President of the Acute Long Term Hospital Association (ALTHA), where he has served as a Board member since 2006.
Prior to joining LifeCare, Mr. Douglas was Chief Financial Officer of Workscape, Inc., a technology-based human resources outsourcing company, from 2000 until 2005. From 1996 until 1999, he served as founder and Chief Executive Officer of Management and Technology Solutions, Inc., a developer and provider of IT solutions to physician organizations. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Douglas was Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of HealthSpring, Inc., a physician practice management company that was later acquired by The MetraHealth Companies ("MetraHealth"). MetraHealth was ultimately acquired by United HealthCare Corporation, where Mr. Douglas served as Senior Vice President of Finance for the combined companies from 1995 to 1996. Mr. Douglas began his career as a C.P.A. at Coopers and Lybrand in 1980 and was an executive with Humana Inc. from 1983 to 1992.
Stuart Archer, Chief Operating Officer
An experienced executive in the post-acute healthcare space, Stuart Archer joined LifeCare as Chief Operating Officer in July 2012. Mr. Archer most recently served nearly 10 years with LHC Group, Inc., a publicly-traded, national provider of post acute care services. While at LHC Group, Mr. Archer held senior vice president roles with responsibility for both the Facilities-Based and Hospice divisions of the company. He was responsible for several operational initiatives for LHC Group's long term acute care hospitals(LTACH) including growing operating margins and enhancing revenue cycle efforts; he additionally oversaw acquisition activities and joint venture development for the Facilities-Based division. Mr. Archer most recently served as LHC Group’s senior vice president of market development, with responsibility for the company’s top line organic growth. Prior to joining LHC, he held management positions with other providers of post-acute healthcare services.
Mr. Archer serves on the board of the Acute Long Term Hospital Association and is a member of the National Association of Long Term Hospitals, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Louisiana Hospital Association and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University and master’s degree from Louisiana State University.
Maegan Bowman, Vice President of Strategic Projects, Sourcing and Audit
Ms. Bowman joined LifeCare in July 2009 as the Director of Internal Audit before moving into her current role of Vice President of Strategic Projects, Sourcing and Audit in January 2012. She has overseen several strategic initiatives for the company including managing the acquisition of six hospitals and transforming the revenue cycle, as well as fulfilling corporate audit needs. Ms. Bowman has extensive experience in identifying and managing strategic projects for companies and in corporate process improvement. Prior to joining LifeCare, she worked as a senior manager with Protiviti, a global consulting firm, serving the needs of LifeCare as well as other healthcare clients. She has also worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the telecom industry focusing on the revenue cycle. Ms. Bowman earned her Masters Degree in Accounting with an emphasis in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified public accountant.
T. Brian Callister, MD, FACP, FHM; National Medical Director
With more than 25 years of clinical and leadership experience, Dr. Callister is a Board Certified Internal Medicine and Hospitalist specialist who is nationally recognized as an expert in long term acute care and the post-acute continuum. Dr. Callister has served as the National Medical Director for LifeCare Hospitals since 2004 and has directed its medical staff leadership for more than a dozen years. As the Chairman of the Clinical Committee of the Acute Long Term Hospital Association (ALTHA), he led the effort to develop the first LTAC industry outcome benchmark study and has been a leader in post acute criteria development with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the The Joint Commission. Recently nominated as one of Modern Healthcare’s top 50 Most Influential Physician Executives, Dr. Callister currently serves on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Technical Expert Panels for quality for both LTAC hospitals and for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF).
In addition to his work in national acute care medicine, Dr. Callister is the Immediate Past President of the Nevada State Medical Association and the President of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Northern Nevada District. He has served as the Chief of Staff or Chief Medical Officer of several hospital systems spanning three decades and is the Nevada State Chairman for the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Organized Medical Staff Section. In 1995, he co-founded the Sierra Hospitalists medical group, which grew into one of the nation’s largest private hospitalist physician practices.
Dr. Callister is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Economics, and received his M.D. from the University Of Utah graduating Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his specialty training in Internal Medicine at UCLA. He was in the inaugural class of 500 physicians worldwide to be awarded the title of Fellow in Hospital Medicine, and he is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Nevada and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Touro University. He lectures nationally on multiple subjects ranging from the post-acute continuum to employee motivation. The American College of Physicians (ACP) Nevada Chapter named him the 2011 Volunteerism and Community Service Award winner, and he is a recipient of the Congressional Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service to the community.
Stephanie Carpenter, Vice President, Finance & Planning
Ms. Carpenter has more than 20 years of experience working in healthcare accounting and finance. She began her career as a CPA with KPMG and has extensive experience with general acute, psychiatric and long term acute care hospital companies. Joining LifeCare in 2000 as Controller, she was promoted to Vice President of Finance and Planning in 2006. Ms. Carpenter holds a degree in accounting from Louisiana Tech University.
Catherine Conner, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration
Ms. Conner joined LifeCare in May 2006. She was previously the Executive Director of Strategic Staffing with Applebee’s International, Inc., a restaurant company with 30,000 employees and over 500 locations. At Applebee’s, she also held the roles of Executive Director/Total Rewards and Executive Director of Franchise HR. Ms. Conner also served as Director of HR for a Boston Market franchisee and headed up staffing for Houlihan’s restaurant group. In addition to her years in the hospitality industry, Ms. Conner worked in the healthcare industry as Vice President of Human Resources with Rehab Designs of America, a prosthetic and orthotic provider.
Ann Corrigan, RN, MSN, PhD, Vice President, Professional Services
Ann Corrigan has held healthcare management positions in both acute care and managed care arenas with specialized expertise in outcomes and process management in hospital and managed care settings. In her current role, Ms. Corrigan has responsibility for the Professional Services Departments in the hospitals throughout the company. She has developed corporate programs in areas that include quality management, outcomes reporting, clinical practice improvement, patient safety, infection prevention, credentialing and continuous Joint Commission survey readiness. She also supports corporate-wide improvements related to clinical outcomes, patient and physician satisfaction, clinical resource/utilization management, policies and procedures, and clinical best practices.
Prior to joining LifeCare, Ms. Corrigan held leadership positions in quality management for Lovelace Health Plan in Albuquerque, N.M., Ochsner Health Plan in Metairie, La., and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Prior to joining Children's, she served in executive and management positions in nursing, quality and utilization management. Ms. Corrigan holds a BS degree in Nursing from Clemson University, a Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Evansville, and a Ph.D. in Health Promotion from Texas Woman's University. She received her certification in nursing administration from the American Nurses Association and was one of approximately 1,000 individuals to have been selected to participate in the Healthy Community fellowship program sponsored internationally by the Healthcare Forum.
J. Michael Cronin, CPA, Vice President, Reimbursement
Mr. Cronin is a healthcare veteran with more than 19 years of experience in the hospital management and Medicare reimbursement arena. Prior to joining LifeCare in July 2007, he held various corporate reimbursement and management positions at the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Prior to joining HCA, Mr. Cronin held audit, reimbursement and appeals positions at AdminaStar Federal, a CMS-contracted fiscal intermediary. Mr. Cronin graduated with an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Terry W. Kepler, RRT, Regional Vice President of Operations
Mr. Kepler is a seasoned operating executive in the post-acute healthcare environment with more than 20 years’ experience in Long Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACHs) and in providing respiratory therapy services to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Mr. Kepler joined LifeCare in 2007 as Chief Executive Officer of the company’s hospitals in south Texas. During his tenure as CEO, those hospitals were named recipients of numerous performance awards, including the 2011 LifeCare Hospital of the Year. Mr. Kepler was named Regional Vice President of Operations in 2012.
Prior to joining LifeCare, Mr. Kepler served successfully as CEO for hospitals in Tennessee, Arizona and Texas as well as Division Vice President of SunCare Respiratory Services, Tallahassee, Florida. Mr. Kepler is active in industry leadership beyond his hospital and corporate operations responsibilities, including his role with the Texas Hospital Association for which he has served as a member of the LTACH committee and the Council on Policy Development since 2008. In addition, he has been involved in consultation and design involving numerous pieces of equipment used in the healthcare arena. Mr. Kepler holds four degrees including the Master of Business Administration. He also has held clinical certification as a Registered Respiratory Therapist since 1982.
Twila Loudder, RN, BSN, CPHQ, HACP, Vice President, Clinical Operations
Ms. Loudder has more than 25 years in healthcare with extensive experience in acute care settings, including medical-surgical, critical care and emergency medicine. Prior to joining LifeCare in 2010, she spent five years with Regency Hospital Company in positions that included Director of Quality, Chief Nursing Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Ms. Loudder spent 15 years with the Presbyterian Healthcare System of New Mexico where she held positions with a Critical Access Hospital located in eastern New Mexico and as Director of Emergency and ICU for Ennis Regional Medical Center in Ennis, Texas. Her expertise includes acute care clinical nursing practice, quality/risk management, infection control, hospital administration and operations. Throughout her career, Ms. Loudder’s areas of responsibility have included the provision of quality nursing care, operations, and compliance with federal, state and Joint Commission regulatory standards. She holds specialty certifications as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and Healthcare Accreditation Certified Professional (HACP).
Tanya Lynn, Vice President Managed Care
Ms. Lynn has more than 15 years of senior-level managed care experience, including roles developing networks and contracting providers for both health systems and health plans. Since joining LifeCare in June 2012, she has been a critical contributor to ensuring newly acquired hospitals are contracted and credentialed with health plans while maintaining the continuity of the existing hospital contracts. Ms. Lynn came to LifeCare following five years with Community Health Systems – including two years with Triad Hospitals, Inc., acquired by CHS – in the role of Regional Director of Managed Care. Her extensive managed care experience also includes roles at UnitedHealthcare and PacifiCare, including Network Manager and Senior Pricing Analyst. Prior to PacifiCare, Ms. Lynn was a financial analyst for the Columbia-HCA Managed Service Organization Division where she managed financials for eight Physician-Hospital Organizations in capitation agreements with health plans. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and her paralegal certification from Oklahoma City University.
Erik C. Pahl, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary
Mr. Pahl joined LifeCare in August 2009. With extensive experience in corporate and health care law, previous positions include General Counsel and Vice President for national home care corporation, Intrepid U.S.A., and national staffing company, Snelling Staffing. He also served as Assistant General Counsel for Triad Hospitals, where he advised hospitals, surgery centers and physician groups. Mr. Pahl remains active in the Air National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel and chief legal advisor to the 136th Airlift Wing in Fort Worth, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.
Chris A. Walker, Chief Financial Officer
Chris Walker has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer since 1997. Prior to joining LifeCare, he worked as a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG LLP from 1991 until 1997.
Mike Wattenbarger, Chief Information Officer
Mr. Wattenbarger joined LifeCare in 1999 with extensive experience in the field of information technology. Before assuming his current position as Chief Information Officer in 2006, Mr. Wattenbarger served as Application Developer and Director of Information LifeCare. He began his information technology career with the City of Shreveport, Louisiana, after obtaining his Master of Science degree from Louisiana State University. Mr. Wattenbarger has also worked as a manager for a Microsoft Gold Partner IT consulting firm.
Kathy Wilsford, Vice President of Revenue Operations
Ms. Wilsford has 30 years’ experience in the healthcare and insurance industries including hospital, physician, psychiatric and pathology revenue cycle operations. Prior to joining LifeCare in 2012, she was a revenue operations senior consultant for Healthtech, a national management company for rural and critical access hospitals. Previously, Ms. Wilsford was Director of Revenue Operations for Medcath, a national cardiac specialty hospital owner. She has also held positions as Billing Director for AmeriPath, a national pathology provider, as Revenue Integrity Supervisor for University of Texas Southwestern Health Systems, and as Fiscal Services Controller for The Cedars Hospital. Throughout her career, Ms. Wilford has developed expertise in areas of responsibility that include revenue cycle operation, workflow process improvement, financial accounting and budgeting, admission/registration, managed care contracting, quality assurance/training programs, and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Psychology and is a member in good standing of HFMA and ACHE.