Senior Director of Healthcare Programs
Chris was born in San Diego, California and is a native of Covina, California. He began his career in healthcare when he enlisted in the Army Reserves at age 20 while attending college at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. He served four and a half years in the Reserves as a Combat Medic, discovering an overwhelming passion for the health and wellness of humanity. The values he learned as a Combat Medic led him to a profession in nursing, specifically as an Active Duty Army Officer.
Chris began his Active Duty career at Fort Gordon, Georgia where he served as a Staff Nurse on the Cardiac Care and Cardiothoracic Care Units. He then volunteered for a tour in Korea where he was a Staff Nurse on a Medical-Surgical-Pediatric inpatient unit. Upon completion of his tour in Korea, he was reassigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. At Fort Bragg, Chris was given his first leadership opportunity as the Director of the Post-Anesthesia Care and Ambulatory Care Unit at Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC). He was then deployed in Operation Joint Forge to Bosnia-Herzegovina where he was the Director and Chief Information Officer for the Medical Task Force. Upon arrival back to the U.S., he was the Director of the Pre-Admissions Unit at WAMC until he was selected to be the Director of what is now a Warrior in Transition Battalion, tasked with assisting wounded, ill, or injured Soldiers to rehabilitate and/or transition from the military.
Chris then attended the Baylor University program in Healthcare Administration Masters program in order to ensure he attained the necessary competencies for executive leadership in healthcare. His follow-on assignment was as the Senior Director of Medical Management at Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colorado where he was responsible for integrating clinical and business models in order to manage the highly complex TRICARE health benefit in a multi-service market. Chris deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he spent 16 months as the Chief Operating Officer of a large Theater Internment Facility with more than 24,000 detained persons. Once he completed his tour in Iraq, he became the Chief Nursing Officer at Dunham Army Health Clinic in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, supporting the Army War College and Strategic Studies Institute.
Chris was then reassigned to the U.S. Army’s Human Resources Corporate Headquarters at Fort Knox, Kentucky where he served as the Senior Director of Education and Strength Management in the Health Services Directorate. He followed that assignment, becoming the Chief Executive Officer for the Army’s Regional Medical Recruiting Agency with a nine-state coverage area in the upper Midwest, bringing more than 500 healthcare professionals into military service and becoming the first CEO to accomplish 100% of their assigned mission. Chris then was selected as the only Army Nurse Corps officer to attend the resident Senior Service College, attaining a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. Following his education, he came to Fort Bliss as the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC) and soon after was promoted to Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer for WBAMC, focused on improving quality, compliance, revenue, Graduate Medical Education, recruitment and retention, patient experience, and efficient delivery of healthcare. WBAMC was his last assignment in 28 years’ military service.
Additional items of note are that Chris completed an Administrative Fellowship at Del Sol Medical Center prior to coming to the Medical Center of the Americas. He has served as adjunct faculty for the College of Healthcare Administration at Baylor University, is a Board-Certified Nurse Executive, and an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and its Southwest Chapter. He is married to the former Margaret Peterson of Newburgh, Indiana and has four children: Kirsten, Analiese, Karson, and Lillian.