"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, LLC. 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Steven Harris, Vice President, Ancillary Services
Steven Harris has over 20 years management experience in multiple areas of pharmacy practice, beginning his career in pharmacy sales and retail pharmacy. Steven later moved into retail pharmacy management before transitioning to hospital pharmacy and joining LifeCare in 1998 as staff pharmacist. Mr. Harris served as the Director of Pharmacy for LifeCare Hospitals of New Orleans from 2000-2006 when he was promoted to Corporate Director of Pharmacy Operations. In his current position, Vice President of Ancillary Services, Steven provides leadership for the Pharmacy, Radiology and Laboratory Departments. Steven is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana - College of Pharmacy where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Following graduation, he trained as a Pharmacy Practice Resident at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He is an active member of MedAssets Pharmacy Advisory Committee and former member of HealthTrust Purchase Group Pharmacy Advisory Board.
Karen Javine, Vice President, Total Rewards
Karen Javine brings more than 25 years of Human Resources experience to LifeCare with extensive experience in compensation and benefits, strategy and planning. Ms. Javine has responsibility for total rewards at LifeCare, including the development and implementation of compensation, benefits and recognition programs. Prior to joining LifeCare in 2006, Ms. Javine worked for Baylor HealthCare System and also held various Human Resources leadership roles in the energy and I.T. industry. Ms. Javine earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Becky Burton, Vice President, Business Development
Ms. Burton has over 10 years of Business Development leadership experience in the Post Acute spectrum. Prior to joining LifeCare, she was the Vice President of Business Development for Vibra Healthcare where she led the company's national sales efforts for their 22 LTACHs and 4 Transitional Care units. Prior to Vibra, Becky excelled as a Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Kindred Healthcare where she was responsible for 8 LTACHs and 2 Inpatient Rehab facilities. Becky earned her B.S.N. from West Texas A&M University.