LMH Health Senior Leadership
Russ Johnson, President & Chief Executive Officer
Johnson joined LMH Health as President and Chief Executive Officer on August 1, 2016. His 37-year career in healthcare includes senior leadership in hospitals and health systems from large cities to rural communities. He came to LMH Health from Denver, Colorado, where he served as Senior Vice President at Centura Health, a 13+ hospital system based in Denver, Colorado.
Russ grew up just 30 miles east of Lawrence in Merriam, Kansas and still has strong family ties to the area. He has found Lawrence to be a wonderful community to live in and LMH Health to be a remarkable community hospital. He feels so fortunate to work with the Board of Trustees and excellent employees, physicians and providers at the hospital.
He began his health care career in 1984 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, working with a newly developed network of 12 hospitals. He then returned to the Kansas City area in 1989 to be the assistant administrator of operations for Saint Luke’s Northland, a member of Saint Luke’s Health System. After eight years, he became a 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 13 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 received the American Hospital Association’s national recognition for his accomplishments as a small or rural hospital leader. He also received the Rural Healthcare Excellence Award from the Colorado Rural Health Center in 2007.
Russ received a bachelor’s degree in management and economics from the University of Tulsa, and a master’s degree in health care administration from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. He and Isabel have been married for 37 years and have three children.
Jared Abel, Associate Vice President/Strategy & Service Lines
Abel joined LMH Health in 2018. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 2009 with a master's degree in Health Services Administration and a Juris Doctorate. Abel began his career in healthcare as an administrative fellow with the VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System. After his fellowship, he continued to work in the VA system in leadership roles. Abel then joined the Lawrence Surgery Center as the Clinic Administrator in 2016, a role he continues to this day. He oversees strategy development and implementation. He also serves as the administrator for the Oncology, Cardiology, Orthopedic, Sports Medicine and Therapy Services providers.
Brian Bradfield, Vice President Ancillary and Support Services
Bradfield joined LMH Health in 1998 and has worked in the Imaging Services Department in multiple capacities over the past 20 years. Before joining the Senior Leadership Team as Associate VP of Ancillary Services, Bradfield served as Director of Imaging Services. He is now the Vice President Ancillary and Support Services and is responsible for Facilities Management, Master Facility Planning, Respiratory Therapy, Sleep Lab, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Cath Lab and Imaging Services. Bradfield completed his undergraduate and graduate coursework at Washburn University.
Colleen Browne, Vice President and Chief People Officer
Browne serves as the VP & Chief People Officer overseeing people operations at LMH Health including Human Resources, Employee Health, Volunteer Services and Learning and Education. She provides executive oversight for LMH Health’s efforts to improve inclusion, diversity and equity, as well as associate experience and wellbeing. Browne joined LMH in 2019 with 30 years of senior leadership experience in public and private industry sectors. She holds master’s degrees in human resources development and organizational design from Pittsburg State and a bachelor’s in human resources from the University of Kansas. Browne is a graduate of the Stanford Human Resources Executive program and the University of North Carolina Keenan-Flagler Executive Program.
Colleen holds and is recognized as a Senior Certified Professional in the Society of Human Resources Management Association. She earned and actively holds Certified Compensation Professional and Certified Benefits Professional designations. Colleen serves on the Kansas Hospital Association Workers’ Compensation Fund Board and has also been active in many civic and professional organizations over her career.
Deb Cartwright, Chief Financial Officer
Cartwright joined LMH Health in December 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. She came to the organization with over twenty years of healthcare financial leadership experience in hospitals, medical group practices and other ambulatory settings. She most recently served for five years as regional CFO for Prime Healthcare Services with responsibility for the finances of four Kansas City area hospitals, related ambulatory surgery centers, and medical groups (St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO; St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, MO; Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, KS; and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, KS). Prior to joining Prime Healthcare Services, Deb served for six years as the CFO of Via Christi Health in southeast Kansas and two years as the CFO for St. Francis Health in Topeka.
She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Cartwright is a Certified Practice Management Executive in the Medical Group Management Association. Passionate about improving the United States healthcare system, Cartwright is a Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt in Healthcare and speaks nationally on sustainable healthcare practices. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Missouri State University, a master’s degree in business and healthcare administration from Southwest Baptist University and is a certified public accountant.
Sheryle D’Amico, Senior Vice President/Strategic Integration
D'Amico oversees the strategic integration efforts at LMH Health. She joined LMH Health in 1999 as Director of Rehabilitation Services, having 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.
Traci Hoopingarner, Vice President/Clinical Care and Chief Nursing Officer
Hoopingarner, who joined LMH Health 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 since 1994. Hoopingarner grew up in western Kansas, and before coming to LMH Health she held leadership roles at Lifepoint Hospital in Dodge City, where her accomplishments included the creation of a prenatal clinic for indigent patients and a free-standing birthing center. At LMH Health, 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, Vice President/Clinical Excellence
Janette is the Vice President of Clinical Excellence at LMH Health and oversees the organization’s risk management, population health, patient safety, patient advocacy, behavioral health services, medical staff office, corporate compliance, privacy, HIPAA and quality excellence for the facility, as well as functions within the area of emergency preparedness. Janette, who has over 25 years of healthcare experience, joined LMH Health in 2001. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Newman University and a Master of Business Administration from Baker University. A 2017 Leadership Lawrence graduate, Janette is involved in several professional healthcare risk management and quality organizations as well as serves on community boards.
Marc Scarbrough, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Information Officer
Dr. Marc Scarbrough is the Chief Medical Information Officer for LMH Health. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and bioengineering from Kansas State University. He went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Scarbrough worked as a hospitalist at LMH Health from 2006 until 2022 and is now a primary care internist at Reed Medical MDVIP Affiliates. He has served on the LMH Board of Trustees and was LMH Chief of the Medical Staff from 2018 to 2020. He is board-certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics.
Rebecca Smith, Executive Director, LMH Health Foundation/LMH Health
Rebecca Smith is the executive director of LMH Health Foundation and provides executive oversight of LMH Health's marketing, communications and community engagement as vice president of strategic communications. She joined LMH Health in April 2017, after serving as the executive director of communications and advancement at KU Libraries for more than 10 years. A communications strategist, she has led efforts in marketing, communications, and media relations, annual giving and major gifts at KU and in roles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Nebraska Foundation. She has experience in constituent relations, branding, communications planning and crisis communication. Rebecca holds a master's degree in strategic communication from UW-Madison and an undergraduate degree in advertising from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Stuart Thomas, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Stuart Thomas is a gastroenterologist with Lawrence GI Specialists and the Chief Medical Officer for LMH Health. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and earned his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco and a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Michael Williams, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Michael Williams is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for LMH Health. Driven by his passion for technology in healthcare, he takes pride in providing LMH Health with the best technology possible. As the CIO, his goals include making it easy to be a patient at LMH Health and improving our clinicians and providers experience.
Williams, an enthusiastic technology evangelist, has been an adjunct professor and 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.
In addition to being a CIO, Williams is also a member of several professional, civic, and community organizations, including the College of Healthcare Information Executives and Infraguard, an IT security collaboration between law enforcement and industry. He is also a member of the Jayhawk Breakfast Rotary Club and has served on the boards of the American Red Cross of Douglas County, the Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health board, and the Junior Achievement of Douglas County board.
Williams is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, holding a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's degree in business administration. When he unplugs, he is an avid reader and enjoys hiding in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s a proud father and loves spending time with his wife, two kids, and two pups.