LMH Administrative Council
Karen Shumate, Interim CEO, Chief Operating Officer
Shumate was named interim Chief Executive Officer following the retirement of Gene Meyer on May 31 and will serve in that role until Aug. 1. She 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.
Carolyn Bowmer, Vice President of Human Resources
Bowmer previously served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, St. John Hospital in Leavenworth, and four physician clinics - all subsidiaries of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. She received a Master of Science degree in Industrial Relations from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Education degree from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Sarah Bradshaw, Vice President of Nursing
Bradshaw joined LMH in 2015. She previously worked at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal, Missouri, where she was the Vice President of Nursing and Administrator of Home Health. This position has encompassed acute care nursing services, pharmacy and social services departments, as well as administration of home health. Bradshaw began her nursing career with a diploma in nursing, advanced her education by completing her BSN and then her MSN with a concentration in leadership and management.
Kathy Clausing-Willis, Vice President/Chief Development Officer
Kathy Clausing-Willis is LMH's Vice President and Chief Development Officer. She has served in this role since July 1998 and is responsible for the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association and Volunteer Services departments. Clausing has extensive experience in non-profit strategic planning, volunteer and board development, policy development and all aspects of charitable giving. Before coming to LMH, Clausing served for 10 years as the Vice President of Development for Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. Clausing holds a bachelor's degree in social welfare from the University of Kansas and a master's degree in business administration from Friends University in Wichita. She has attended extensive local, regional and national professional development seminars and is a 1994 graduate of the National Planned Giving Institute. She was appointed by the governor to the Kansas Volunteer Commission and is involved in church and community service activities.
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. 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.
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.