Todd Kennedy is President and Chief Executive Officer of Providence Hospital. He came to Providence in 2012 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. He had previously served as President and COO of St. Vincent’s East, another Ascension ministry located in Birmingham. His background includes additional facility operations work for Vaughan Regional Medical Center in Selma, Alabama, and Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham. Todd earned a bachelor’s degree in health administration from Auburn University where he was a member of several student honor societies. He also earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed an administrative residency with the University of South Alabama Hospitals in Mobile. Todd is active in a number of community service activities including the Boy Scouts of America and March of Dimes. He has served on the Alabama Hospital Association Medicaid Taskforce since 2008.
Katrina Brown is currently Interim Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operations Officer for Providence Hospital where she has worked as a nurse since 1994. Most recently she served as Executive Director of Nursing of all medical/surgical floors, telemetry units, critical care units, pediatrics and obstetrics. During her career, Katrina has planned, developed, piloted and managed a number of programs at Providence to ensure patient safety and satisfaction, quality improvement, staff satisfaction and professional development. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mobile and her Master of Science in Nursing in executive administration from the University of South Alabama. She is an active member of several professional organizations and has received the Excellence in Practice Award from the University of South Alabama and the Providence Hospital Vincentian Dedication Award.
Susan Cornejo has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in a combined role for Providence and Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola since 2013. Prior to that, she was CFO for Providence for three years. Before coming to the Gulf Coast, Susan held executive positions with St. Vincent’s Health System in Birmingham and HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham and Columbia, South Carolina. Susan held responsibilities in a variety of roles at Parkview Health System in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. A Certified Public Accountant, Susan earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University – Purdue University at Fort Wayne and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. She is a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Jamey joined the Providence Hospital ministry in 1986 as an administrative secretary and now serves as Executive Director of Operations overseeing food services, environmental services, facilities management, grounds, safety, emergency preparedness, security and other hospital services and departments. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama and her Master of Public Health/Health Services Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Jamey is currently President of the Alabama Society of Healthcare Engineers, having served in several other key leadership roles. She serves on the Mobile County Emergency Preparedness Healthcare Coalition.
John Halstead serves both Providence Health System and Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola as Chief Mission Integration Officer to foster Catholic identity and fulfill the health systems’ mission, vision and values. John came to Providence from Mercy Health System in St. Louis where he was Vice President of Missions and Ethics. He earned his bachelor’s degree in theological studies at Pensacola Christian College and a master’s in educational administration from Ohio Bible College in Conneaut, Ohio. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, Ohio and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Bioethics degree from Loyola University in Chicago.
Dr. William Lightfoot is Vice President of Medical Services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and his medical degree from The University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed a residency in general surgery at the University of South Alabama and entered private practice in 1979. Dr. Lightfoot is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Medical Association, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and the Mobile County Medical Society. He served on the Board of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama for 11 years and was President of the State Association 1999-2000. Dr. Lightfoot also serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.
Rick Metzger joined the Providence Hospital administrative team in 2016 as Vice President of Surgical Services and Operations. He began his career as an operating room clinical technician at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama, before continuing his education by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a Master of Management in Health Care from Vanderbilt University. During his 22 years with Huntsville Hospital Health System, Rick worked as an OR nurse, he designed, built and managed an orthopedic specialty surgical department, served as director of surgery at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children, and finally was responsible for all peri-operative services as the service line director for surgical services overseeing more than 45 operating rooms, two GI labs and more than 500 employees. He serves on the advisory board of two college surgical assistant programs.
Charles Pinkert began his career at Providence Hospital in 1977 as a medical technologist in the Bacteriology department and served as Assistant Director of Pathology, Administrator of Physicians’ Outpatient Diagnostics, and Administrator and Chief Operating Officer for Seton Medical Management, Inc. He was named Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Providence Medical Group, which includes operations in both Alabama and Mississippi, in 2013. Charles earned an associate’s degree in pre-professional studies from Pensacola Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of West Florida and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Alabama. He is an active member the Medical Group Management Association, a former board member of St. Patrick’s School Board and a current St. Patrick’s Parish Council member. Charles also serves as a Eucharistic minister and lecturer at St. Patrick’s Parish in Robertsdale.
Deanie Waddell has served as General Counsel for Providence Hospital since 1988, following several years of private practice. Her areas of expertise and experience include healthcare law, risk management, compliance, governance, contracts and ethical and religious directives. Deanie earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and her Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar and the State Bar of Georgia. She serves as board chair for the Mobile County Senior Companion Program and as Finance Council chair for Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
Dr. James Walker serves as Vice President of Quality at Providence Hospital and is a member of the board of directors of the Providence Hospital Foundation. He also serves on the hospital’s Institutional Review Board and the Medical Executive Committee. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Louisville and is a cum laude graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed a straight medicine internship and an internal medicine residency from the University of South Alabama Medical Center where he was chief medical resident. Dr. Walker is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of several professional societies. He is board certified in internal medicine.