Executive Champion and Preceptors
T. Douglas Lawson, Ph.D., (Doug) currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke’s Health a $2 billion+ regional health system in Texas with 16 hospitals stretching across the southeastern section of the state, including Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, St. Luke’s Health Memorial in the Lufkin-East Texas area, and St. Joseph Health in Bryan/College Station. He also serves as Senior Vice President of Operations for CommonSpirit Health, the Chicago-based parent company of St. Luke’s Health.
Lawson began his healthcare career at Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinic in Temple, Texas, and served in Kansas City with Saint Luke’s Health System and later in Huntington, West Virginia, for Cabell-Huntington Hospital. Following these leadership roles, Lawson returned to Texas and became President of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine and was asked to serve as President of the organization’s North Texas Central Region and Baylor University Medical Center in 2015 before accepting his current role with CommonSpirit Health in 2018.
Lawson is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He went on to complete a Master of Science degree in healthcare administration at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and a doctorate in philosophy from Dallas Baptist University. Lawson is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Lorie K. Shoemaker joined the CHI Texas Division as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer in September, 2015. In this role, Shoemaker works closely with the CHI Texas Division Chief Medical Officer in a dyad leadership approach — joining the medical staff and nursing teams together to align the organization for future success. Shoemaker’s responsibilities include oversight for the quality of nursing care and nursing practice across the acute and post-acute care continuum.
Prior to joining the CHI Texas Division, Shoemaker served in a variety of leadership roles over a 29-year career at Palomar Health in San Diego, California, including the System Chief Nurse Executive from 2004 to 2014. In this role, Shoemaker provided oversight for nursing care across the system, which included three acute care hospitals and two skilled nursing facilities, as well as ambulatory and home health agencies.
Under Shoemaker’s leadership, the entire health system received Magnet® recognition in 2009, making Palomar Health the first public health system in California to achieve this honor. Most recently, Shoemaker served as the President of Palomar Medical Center, the new, state-of-the art facility that she helped design and operationalize in 2012.
Her work in the area of hospital design led to her appointment with the California Hospital Association’s Joint Committee on Accreditation and Licensing, with an emphasis on changing California regulations to support the widespread adoption and utilization of evidence-based design concepts in healthcare.
Shoemaker holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and a Doctor of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is an alumna of the 2004 Johnson & Johnson/Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives. In 2005, she obtained certification in Advanced Nursing Administration from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Liz Youngblood currently serves as President of CHI St. Luke’s Health - Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, a quaternary care facility that is home of the Texas Heart® Institute, the first hospital in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet® hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award four consecutive times. The hospital holds a collaborative partnership with Baylor College of Medicine. She also serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Texas Division of Catholic Health Initiatives.
In this role, Liz is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient operation of the CHI Texas Division’s hospitals, including managing to defined metrics to achieve clinical, operational and financial excellence; ensuring alignment and implementation of a high quality, cost-effective integrated health care delivery system and integrating the system’s strategic plan into operations.
Liz has over 20 years of leadership experience working in for profit, academic and nonprofit health systems, most recently serving as the CEO of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s adult hospitals and clinics.
Liz’s strengths include hospital and health care system strategic planning and strategy implementation, organizational growth and business development, population health management, health system and hospital operations, clinical service lines, medical staff engagement, patient and workforce engagement and operational and process excellence.
A registered nurse, Liz received her diploma of nursing from Ona M. Wilcox School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in general studies from West Texas A&M University and her MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Liz is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
She has served on multiple community, business and state boards, including the Mississippi Hospital Association Board and Legislative Committee, the SMU Cox School of Business Alumni Board and is past chairman of the board of directors for the Quality Texas Foundation. Liz has been named a Top 50 Leading Business Woman by the Mississippi Business Journal and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumna by the SMU Cox School of Business.
Paul Arrington leads the strategic planning, marketing and communications, business development, and market analytics/business decision functions for the CIH Texas Division.
Before joining the CHI Texas Division, Arrington served in a similar capacity for Covenant Health in the West Texas/East New Mexico region of Providence St. Joseph’s Health. Prior to that, he served in a similar capacity for St. Dominic’s Health in Jackson, MS and Novant Health in Charlotte, NC.
Arrington holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Health Sciences degree from the University of Florida. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Business Administration from the University of Florida.
Dr. Bradley Lembcke joined the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Texas Division as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) on December 3, 2018. In this role, Dr. Lembcke works closely with the CHI Texas Division Chief Nursing Officer to drive clinical excellence, operational efficiency, physician and employee engagement, and multidisciplinary teamwork. In February 2020, Dr. Lembcke also became the Chief Medical Officer of CHI St. Luke’s Health - Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Prior to joining CHI, Dr. Lembcke started work at Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC) in Dallas, TX in July of 1997 as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist. Over his 21 years at BUMC, Dr. Lembcke kept a clinical practice, built and led a large Hospitalist group, ultimately caring for over 400 patients per day. He held administrative leadership positions in Case Management, Utilization, Quality, Patient Safety, and Informatics.
Dr. Lembcke also served at BUMC Chief of Staff for 3 years and was Chief Medical Officer from 2013-8. He also helped start and grow an accountable care organization and later served as the Chair of the Quality Alliance Board. He has extensive experience in Medical Staff Affairs, Peer Review, CMS and Joint Commission regulatory standards, and documentation integrity.
Dr. Brad Lembcke was born in Houston, Texas and attended Texas A&M University graduating in 1990 with a B.S. Biochemistry. He then attended the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School in Houston, TX, graduating with honors in 1994. After a one year internship in Internal Medicine in Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Lembcke completed his Internal Medicine training at UTSW/Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX in 1997. In 2011, Dr. Lembcke attended the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University where he graduated with honors with a Masters of Business Administration and he is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Lembcke married Megan Mitchell in 2000 and they have 3 beautiful children, Thomas age 16, Rebecca age 15, and Sam age 1