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Ken Johnson, President & Chief Executive Officer of HRHS – Ken has been with the healthcare system for over five years. As CEO he provides leadership for the system while creating a positive and productive culture. Ken joined the organization in 2011 as the Chief Financial Officer. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2013 and then became the CEO in 2015. He has over 32 years of healthcare leadership experience holding positions in both large and small healthcare organizations. This is not Ken's first time with Hutchinson hospital as he was an internal auditor for Hutchinson Hospital Corporation in 1983. He worked at HHC until 1989, when he moved to Wichita to pursue a Master's Degree in Healthcare, which he received in 1994. He is a member of First Church of the Nazarene and enjoys participating in charitable activities in Hutchinson. Ken and his wife Carolyn have been married 33 years and have 2 grown sons.

Wes Hoyt, Chief Operating Officer – Wes Hoyt became COO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System in 2016. As COO, Wes oversees operations of the hospital while implementing strategies, plans, and procedures. He spent most of his working career in the military where he was stationed in the States as well as overseas. He served in executive positions for medical organizations that developed rural healthcare networks as well as led Army medical units in combat. Wes grew up in Louisiana and has an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education, English and Social Sciences from Southeastern Louisiana University as well as a Master’s in Health Administration from Baylor University. He is Board Certified in Healthcare Operations and Administration and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Wes enjoys reading, gardening with his wife, and spending time with his grandson.

Duane Miller, Chief Financial Officer – Duane Miller is responsible for all day-to-day financial operations of the Healthcare System including: management information systems, financial services, materials management, business office, human resources, medical records, reimbursement reporting, and decision support. Duane most recently served as the Market Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer with CHI St. Luke’s Health in Lufkin, Texas. He was selected by “Coach-A-Kid” while serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Integris Health System by the Foundation for Excellence in youth mentoring. Duane has served in a variety of financial leadership roles supporting rural healthcare and commerce during his nearly 40-year tenure. Mr. Miller received his Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan and his Master of Business Administration from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and advanced member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Duane enjoys spending time with family (particularly Grandchildren) and friends.

Chuck Welch, VP, Chief Business Development Officer – In his role as Chief Business Development Officer, Chuck is responsible for growth at Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System. Before Joining HRHS, he served in several roles for Med-Trans, formerly known as EagleMed, including Vice President of Business Development, Director of Partner Development for the Mid US and most recently the US Division Director of Fixed Wing services. Chuck also has experience in the medical device industry as well as a clinical background in respiratory therapy and flight paramedic. Chuck graduated with honors from Wichita State with an executive MBA and is currently working on his master’s in project management. He grew up in Montana, received his undergraduate from the University of Mary where he played basketball, and married his high-school sweetheart, Robin. His passions in life are his family, including a new grandson, the outdoors, and serving others.

Darla Wilson, VP/Chief Administrative Officer – Darla Wilson has been the Chief Administrative Officer of Hospice and Homecare of Reno County since 2004. In that role, she plans, directs, and administers the activities of Hospice and Homecare of Reno County. Prior to becoming Chief Administrative Officer, Darla was the Clinical Director for Hospice and Homecare. She has an Applied Science Degree in Nursing from Barton County Community College and a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing degree from Fort Hays State, graduating as Magna Cum Laude. She is certified in Hospice and Palliative Care and grew up in Hays, Kansas. She is married with two grown children and two grandchildren. She loves playing with her grandchildren and playing golf.

Michael Garrett, VP/Chief Executive Officer-Horizons – In 2008, Mike Garrett became the CEO of Horizons Mental Health Center for HRHS. As CEO of Horizons, Mike is fully accountable for all financial, operational and clinical activities across all locations. Mike has been with Horizons since 1981 when he started as a clinician. Mike received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Fort Hays State University. He has been an active member in the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, serving as the organizations president from 2014 – 2016. Mike and his wife live in Hutchinson and have three grown children. He and his wife enjoy music, traveling, and scuba diving.

Bill Giersch, VP/Chief Administrative Officer – As Chief Administrative Officer of Health–E–Quip and the Chalmers Cancer Center, Bill provides operational and fiscal oversight for both facilities. Bill grew up in Brookeville, Kansas and has a bachelor’s degree in Radiological Sciences from Washburn University. Before his current position Bill was VP of Clinical Services at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and was the Director of Radiation Therapy at St. Johns Hospital in Salina, Kansas. Bill is married and has one daughter. Hobbies of his include horseback riding, farming, ranching, and golf.

Greg Meredith, VP/ Corporate Compliance Officer – In 2014, Greg Meredith became the Vice President and the Corporate Compliance Officer of the Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System. In his position he oversees the Corporate Compliance Program for Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System. Greg grew up in the Wichita area, getting his undergraduate degree in psychology at Pittsburg State University. He later received his juris doctorate from Washburn Law School. He has been a licensed attorney for more than 30 years. Greg is married and has three children in college. In his free time, Greg likes reading about history, especially manned space programs.

Kevin Chiles, Chief Human Resources Officer – Kevin Chiles become the Chief Human Resources Officer for HRHS in 2013. Kevin is responsible for all Human Resources and Employee Health functions. Before joining HRMC, Kevin was a VP and the Director of Human Resources at IMA financial group and prior to that was the VP of Human Resources at Via Christi Health. Having a father that was in the Air Force, Kevin was raised on military bases in the U.S. and abroad. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in industrial psychology from Emporia State University. Kevin is married with three sons and enjoys running and photography.

Peggy Tuxhorn, VP/Chief Quality Officer – Peggy Tuxhorn became the Chief Quality Officer for the hospital in 2013. In this position Peggy is the executive managing quality, risk, care management, medical staff services, and patient experiences. Prior to this position she was the Director of Quality and Risk at HRMC for 3 years. She went to nursing school at Wesley Medical Center and later graduated from Friends University with a bachelors in organizational leadership and a masters in management. Peggy is a huge fan of WSU basketball and enjoys quilt making.

Calvin Wright, VP/Chief Information Officer – Calvin Wright is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for HRHS. The CIO and CISO is responsible for all HRHS Health Information Technology including Electronic Health Records, computer operations and telecommunications. Prior to joining HRHS in July of 2015 he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and CISO for Chicago’s Mt. Sinai Health System. He earned his Master’s degree in Information System Security from DePaul University and his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Northeastern Illinois University; both in Chicago. Retired from the US Air Force, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, restoring his 1979 El Camino, flying drones, motor cycling and completing Smart Home Automation.

Amanda Hullet, VP/Chief Nursing Officer – In this position Hullet guides and directs inpatient nursing, outpatient services, and the education department at HRMC. Before becoming VP of Patient Care Services, she was the Director of Care Management at HRMC, a position she held for 4 years before her new role. She has been with Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System since 2006 when she started as a Nurse Tech in ICU. Hullet was born and raised in Hutchinson and holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Bethel College and a master’s degree in Healthcare Leadership from Friends University. She is a huge sports fan and cheers for Alabama football.