Daniela Decell, Chief Executive Officer
Daniela Decell was born in Bad Kreuznach, Germany to a Texas born and bred military father and German mother. The family moved to Texas when she was three years old and has never looked back. Daniela received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Texas Christian University in 1985. In 1991, she earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, became a Certified Healthcare Administrator in 2004 and achieved Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2007. She began her career in healthcare as a critical care nurse at Saint Joseph Hospital and began her management career with Plaza in 1996 as the Neuroscience Service Line Director. She became Chief Nursing Officer in 1997 and Chief Operating Officer in 2000.
While at Plaza, Daniela was honored by the YWCA as a “Tribute to Women in Business” recipient in 2000 and by the Business Press in 2002 as a “Healthcare Hero”. Dany was instrumental in growing Plaza’s cardiovascular service line into one of HCA’s top five cardiovascular programs during her tenure.
Mrs. Decell was appointed the Chief Executive Officer at Las Colinas Medical Center in Irving, Texas in August of 2005. Since joining the Las Colinas team, she has been instrumental in leading Las Colinas’ growth efforts by:
- Beginning an interventional and open heart program
- Creating state-of-the-art women’s services/women’s imaging services which includes two digital mammography units, breast MRI and an expanded labor and postpartum area which boosts a roomy VIP suite
- Reintroducing an orthopedic and spine product line to the campus
- Moving NICU to a level 3A status; and
- Obtaining Joint Commission Stroke Certification, July 2011 and recertification in 2013
- Leapfrog "A" safety rating
In addition, she has worked diligently to create a culture and vision in the organization which fosters a healthy work environment, focuses on the customer and ensures quality outcomes for the patients. Las Colinas has been recognized by The Texas Medical Foundation for The Texas Healthcare Quality Improvement Award of Excellence in 2008, 2009 & 2010 and has achieved Chest Pain level II Accreditation.
Dany is married and together she and her husband have four awesome children.
The family loves outdoor sports, particularly water sports such as boating, skiing and scuba. Dany is an avid reader, decorator and in her spare time she serves on several boards in the metroplex including the Irving Economic Development Council, The Irving Chamber Workforce Enrichment Council and the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council.
Luanne Ansaldo, Chief Operating Officer
Luanne Ansaldo joined Las Colinas Medical Center in April 2013 as the Chief Operating Officer, and was recently named Ethics and Compliance Officer. She is a native Arkansan who escaped to Texas as soon as she could. Lu graduated with her Bachelor’s in Accounting, as well as a Masters of Business Administration, from East Texas State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.
Ms. Ansaldo began her 29 year career in healthcare with HCA in Arkansas as the Chief Financial Officer in a small facility there, which became part of the HealthTrust spinoff. She later transferred with HealthTrust to Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas as the CFO. Upon moving to San Antonio in the early 1990s, she worked briefly at Santa Rosa Healthcare and then rejoined the HCA family as the CFO at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital. She subsequently made the move from Finance to Operations and spent many years as the Vice President of Operations for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, a combined 1,258 bed operation at the time.
Lu and her husband Albert have been married for over twenty years. She and Albert love to travel, mostly to coastal areas where they can fish. They also enjoy hunting together in Mexico. They volunteer at the local humane society where they adopted a Parson Russell/Miniature Poodle mix named Guido, who is the best dog ever.
Trey Caraway, Chief Nursing Officer
H. A. “Trey” Caraway III joined Las Colinas Medical Center as Chief Nursing Officer in September of 2011. Trey is a native of Texas and graduated as a registered nurse from Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX with an Associate Degree in Nursing. He began critical care nursing at Lubbock, TX in ICU at Methodist Hospital and moved from Lubbock back to San Angelo where he worked in the Emergency Department as charge and a flight nurse. He began his leadership career as a Chief Flight Nurse for Air Angels in Chicago and opened their first Indiana base at Memorial Hospital and Health System in South Bend, IN. He returned to Texas in 2002 and began his career with HCA at Medical Center of Arlington where he advanced from ED manager/director to Vice President of Nursing Operations which expanded his span of control to include emergency department, women’s services, surgical services, and medical surgical floor. While at MCA he received the DFW Great 100 Nurses award. Trey was accepted into the Chief Nursing Officer Development Program and was transferred to Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, VA as an Associate Chief Nursing Officer and has now been promoted to CNO of LCMC.
Trey received his Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2009 and his Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Health Care Administration in 2011. The professional organizations that he supports are ANA/TNA, AONE/NTONE, and ACHE. His hobbies include traveling, motorcycles, outdoor activities, and his favorite sports teams are the Texas Longhorns, and all of the DFW professional sports teams.
Araceli "Cely" Wilson, Vice President Quality Management
Araceli Lorenzo Wilson migrated to the United States thirty years ago as a registered nurse. She was hired from the Philippines to work at North General Hospital in New York City. She started her nursing career as a Recovery Room Nurse at the Philippine Heart Center for Asia. After less than two years at the Philippine Heart Center, she came to the United States and worked as an ICU nurse for eight years: as a staff nurse then as an Assistant Head Nurse to Head Nurse. While working in the ICU, she also moonlighted in the Emergency Department. She moved to Quality Management in 1991 and became the Director of the department in 1994. Araceli earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in the Philippines and Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Major in Health Care Administration at Long Island University in New York. She graduated top of her class in both undergraduate and graduate programs.
>Araceli has been in Quality Management for twenty years as a Director/Vice President, the latest of which is at Las Colinas Medical Center for the past five years. As the Vice President of Quality Management and a member of the Executive Team at Las Colinas Medical Center, Araceli assisted the organization in achieving superior quality outcomes. Some of the organization’s accomplishments are as follows:
- Accredited by the Joint Commission
- Quality Awards from the Texas Medical Foundation Quality Institute for Core Measures
- One of the Best Performance for HCA’s Quality Review Metrics (Quality Report Card)
- Executive Champion for HCA’s C-diff Initiative, including Antibiotic Stewardship Program – Las Colinas being the pioneer and a benchmark for other HCA facilities and nationwide
- Executive Champion for HCA’s AIM Zero Initiative – no CLABSI for the past 17 months
- TJC’s S3 Surveillance System (The Joint Commission Quality Report Card) – performance better than Magnet, better that Reuter Thompson top 100 hospitals, etc.
- Patient Satisfaction scores (HCAHPS) at top 10% of HCA
- Received Stroke Certification
Araceli is married to Steve Wilson for over twenty years. She is a full time wife and mother of a 11 year old. Her daughter loves to sing and dance. She takes voice lessons, plays the piano and guitar. She is also a member of a swimming team. On her spare time, Araceli tutors her daughter, cleans her house, cooks for her family and reads for entertainment.
Kimberley "Kim" Petty, Vice President of Nursing Operations
Kimberley Petty currently serves as the Vice President of Nursing Operations at Las Colinas Medical Center (LCMC) overseeing daily operations for clinical nursing services. Kim has been in the HCA family since 1995 when she started her nursing career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in the Kansas City, Missouri market. After obtaining her Associate Degree in Nursing from Park University in Missouri, Kim relocated with her family to Texas, where she accepted a position as PCU manager in Denton, Texas in 1999. While there, the hospital migrated to computer documentation where Kim received extensive informatics training in the development of the Meditech Patient Care Systems. During her tenure, she was promoted to the role of Infection Control Manager and Quality/PI analyst, obtaining her infection control certification through the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and serving as a member of the Denton County Emergency Preparedness Team.
In 2003, Kim joined the team at LCMC as the Information Technology Clinical Analyst, responsible for nursing documentation systems; and in 2006 became the clinical educator for the facility, establishing partnerships with the local Health Science Programs in Irving and Coppell Independent School Districts, as well as with local community college nursing programs. As a result of those partnerships, Kim has served on the Healthcare Advisory Board for the Jack E. Singley Health Science Program in Irving ISD since 2007.
Kim received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing with Summa Cum Laude honors from University of Texas at Arlington and is currently in UTA’s Nursing Master’s Program.
In her spare time, Kim loves to write, but for pleasure only, and is considered LCMC’s resident poet by her nursing peers.