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LMH Senior Leadership

Russell Johnson, CEORuss 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

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 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 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 Douglas County VNA, Health Care Access, Lawrence Children’s Choir, Independence Inc., and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce boards.


Janice Early, Vice President/Marketing and Communications

Janice Early, Director, Marketing & Business DevelopmentEarly joined LMH in 1992 and has responsibility for marketing, planning, communications, community outreach and education, 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 executive boards for Junior Achievement of Lawrence and Douglas County Extension Council.


Traci Hoopingarner, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer

Traci HoopingarnerHoopingarner, who joined LMH in 2011 as the Director of the Family Birthing Center and Pediatrics, was promoted in 2017 to Chief Nursing Officer. She has been a registered nurse since 1985, and has been in leadership roles since1994. Hoopingarner grew up in western Kansas, and before coming to LMH she held leadership roles at Lifepoint Hospital in Dodge City, where her accomplishments included creation of a prenatal clinic for indigent patients and a free-standing birthing center. At LMH, she led the efforts behind the Family Birthing Center’s designation as Kansas’ first High Five Hospital for support of breastfeeding. Hoopingarner, who has a master of science degree, also is certified in inpatient obstetrics and fetal monitoring.


Janette Kirkpatrick, Associate Vice President/Clinical Excellence

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Kirkpatrick oversees the organization’s risk management, patient safety, patient advocacy, medical staff office, corporate compliance, privacy, HIPAA and quality excellence for the facility, as well as functions within the area of emergency preparedness. She has 28 years of healthcare experience. Kirkpatrick, who joined LMH in 2001, most recently served as the Director of Risk Management and the Medical Staff Office. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Newman University and a master’s degree in business administration from Baker University. A 2017 Leadership Lawrence graduate, Kirkpatrick is involved in several professional healthcare risk management and quality organizations as well as community activities.


Joe Pedley, Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

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 25 years of experience in healthcare financial management, having worked for Catholic Health Initiatives, the nation’s third-largest non-profit health system. Prior to joining LMH, 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 is active in the community, serving on several civic boards and committees.


Karen Shumate, Chief Operating Officer

Karen Shumate, Chief Operating Officer

Shumate joined Lawrence Memorial Hospital in 2000 as the Vice President of Quality and has been Chief Operating Officer since 2006. She is responsible for strategic planning and operational oversight of the nursing, ancillary clinical and clinical support areas of LMH, as well as program, service line and facility development. She serves as the Administrative Liaison for hospital-based physicians as well as the executive over Operational Excellence and Value.  She received her nursing degree from Newman Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Emporia, a bachelor’s degree in health management from Ottawa University in Kansas City, and her master’s degree in management from Baker University n Baldwin City.

She worked as a surgical and post anesthesia unit nurse and then served as Director of Quality/Risk Management/Compliance at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. Shumate, who attained the credential of Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) in 1996, also 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, Douglas County Dental Clinic, Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, Healthcare Access, and the Douglas County Healthcare Leadership Council.  


Everett "Ev" Taylor, Vice President/Chief Talent Officer

Everett TaylorTaylor 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

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Williams was named Vice President and Chief Information Officer in 2015. He has more than 25 years of Information Technology experience, with more than 15 of those in Healthcare Information Technology. His current responsibilities include executive oversight for technology, production services, solution integration, telecommunications, clinical engineering and customer information systems. He leads 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. Williams also coordinates the executive committee and working task forces for the Meaningful Use and other regulatory programs.

Before joining LMH in 2000, he served in the law enforcement information technology industry with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Customs National Aviation Center.

Williams 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 a member of several professional, civic and community organizations. He is member of the Kansas chapter of the Health Information Management Systems Society 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 its Health Information Technology program.