LMH Administrative Council
Russ Johnson, President & Chief Executive Officer
Johnson joined Lawrence Memorial Hospital as President and Chief Executive Officer Aug. 1, 2016. A seasoned health care executive with 30 years of successful senior leadership in hospitals and health systems, he previously served as Senior Vice President of Network Development and Outreach with the Centura Health System in Englewood, Colorado.
He grew up in Merriam, Kansas, graduating from Shawnee Mission Northwest high school, and still has strong family ties to the area. He began his health care career in 1984 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he was an assistant administrator and administrative fellow for a 540-bed regional medical center. He also served as vice president of operations for VHA Iowa before returning to the Kansas City area in 1989 to become assistant administrator of operations for Saint Luke’s Northland, a position he held for eight years. He was chief operating officer for Edinburg Regional Medical Center, a 169-bed hospital in Edinburg, Texas, from 1997 to 2000. He then served as the CEO for San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa, Colorado, for 12 years.
Johnson is active in many professional, civic and community organizations. He served 12 years on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Hospital Association and was a Board member for the American Hospital Association for three years. In 2007 he was awarded the American Hospital Association’s Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of a small or rural hospital leader who has improved health care delivery in their communities through innovative and progressive efforts. He also received the Rural Healthcare Excellence Award by the Colorado Rural Health Center in 2007 and was the Colorado AHA Grassroots Champion for 2008.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. He received a bachelor’s degree in management and economics from the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a master’s degree in health care administration from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
Sheryle D’Amico, Vice President/Physician Division
D’Amico oversees the operations of the Physician Division. She joined LMH in 1999 as Director of Rehabilitation Services. She previously worked as Director of Rehabilitation Services at Olathe Medical Center in Olathe, Kan., and Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. She holds a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and a master's degree in health administration from the University of Kansas. A 2005 Leadership Lawrence graduate, D’Amico was honored with the 2004 Wellspring Professional Award and has served on the VNA, Health Care Access and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce boards.
Janice Early, Vice President/Marketing and Communications
Early joined LMH in 1992 and has responsibility for marketing, planning, communications and media relations. She serves as the designated Freedom of Information Officer. Before coming to LMH, she worked in marketing and public relations for Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Saint Joseph Health Center in Kansas City. Early earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master's in business administration from Baker University. A 1997 Leadership Lawrence graduate, she served on the boards of the Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators, Hospice Care and the United Way of Douglas County and serves on the board for Junior Achievement of Lawrence.
Joe Pedley, Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Pedley, who joined LMH in 2012, oversees the Accounting, Patient Accounts, Admissions, Facilities Management, Materials Management, and Central Billing Office departments. Pedley has 20 years experience in healthcare financial management, having worked for Catholic Health Initiatives, a non-profit health system with more than 70 hospitals in 22 states. Most recently, he served as the Chief Financial Officer at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, Colorado. Pedley graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Accounting. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Karen Shumate, Chief Operating Officer
Shumate is responsible for guiding operational departments to achieve the best quality, safety, financial, and patient satisfaction outcomes. She has been with LMH since 2000 and previously served as Vice President for Clinical Services.
She received her nursing degree from Newman Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Emporia, her bachelor’s degree in health management from Ottawa University/Kansas City, and her master’s degree in management from Baker University. She worked in operating and recovery room nursing and served as Director of Quality/Risk Management/Compliance at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. Shumate attained the credential of Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) in 1996 and is certified in risk management. She has served on the boards of the Kansas Association of Risk and Quality Management, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Lawrence Douglas-County Health Department, and the Douglas County Dental Clinic.
Everett "Ev" Taylor, Vice President/Chief Talent Officer
Taylor is accountable for driving the talent strategy for Lawrence Memorial Hospital to ensure an engaged and well-led workforce necessary for the achievement of the LMH purpose of being a partner for lifelong health. He has been with LMH since August 2016 and has served the health care industry for almost 40 years in such diverse settings as not-for-profit and investor-owned; acute, long-term acute, specialty care, critical access; public district hospitals; and single, multi-state and multi-facility health care systems. Taylor is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) in recognition of his core competencies in all disciplines of the HR profession. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology, a 60-hour master's degree in counseling and personnel work and a PhD in counseling psychology in organizational behavior, all from Arizona State University.
Michael Williams, Vice President/Chief Information Officer
Williams was named Vice President and Chief Information Officer in 2015. His responsibilities include executive oversight to the technology, production services, application integration, ambulatory information systems, telecommunications, clinical engineering, and customer information systems functions. He leads the strategic planning for the deployment and optimization of the electronic medical record across the organization, facilitating physician informatics committees and the Information Technology Steering Committee. Michael also coordinates the executive committee and working task forces for the Meaningful Use program.
He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration degree. He is member of the Health Information Management Systems Society, Kansas Chapter, and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. He is a lecturer at the University of Kansas in the School of Business and an adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College in the Health Information Technology program. He joined LMH in 2000 and previously served as Director of Application Integration and Support. Before that Michael was System Support / Develop Manager at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, with overall responsibility for the Computerized Criminal History System, the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, and the Self Defense Act registration system.