Daniela Decell, Chief Executive Officer
Daniela “Parks” 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 service in 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 in
- moving NICU to a level 3A status; and
- obtaining Joint Commission Stroke Certification, July 2011
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 to Damian, a real estate entrepreneur and together they have four awesome children. Ashley and Jacqueline are both 23 and married. Ashley builds custom homes and Jacqueline works in healthcare marketing. Devan, the middle child is 21 and is in the biomedical sciences program at Texas A&M. She has a service dog named “Charlie Brown”, who is in training and hopes to go on to PA school when she graduates in May. Last, is little brother Cameron. Cameron is 6’4” and plays 5A football and is being looked at by many D1 colleges.
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.
Nick Galt, Chief Financial Officer
Nick Galt has served as Chief Financial Officer and Ethics and Compliance Officer at Las Colinas Medical Center since 2009, and has been with HCA since 2003, where he started at Medical Center of Arlington in HCA’s Controller Development Program. His other HCA positions before he joined Las Colinas Medical Center included Controller at North Hills Hospital and CFO of HCA’s Dallas Supply Chain Operations. In his current role, Nick oversees daily operations for Accounting, Information Technology, Health Information Management, Patient Access, Case Management, Materials Management, and Asset Management. He also oversees the Ethics and Compliance Program at the facility.
Nick was born in Fairfax, Virginia and spent most of his childhood years growing up in Thailand and South Korea before returning to Virginia. He obtained his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in International Business from James Madison University. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Thunderbird, American Graduate School of International Management, and shortly after started his 15 year career in healthcare administration. He is also an active member of Healthcare Financial Management Association, Lone Star Chapter.
Nick has been married to his wife Barbara for 14 years and they have three wonderful children. In his spare time, Nick enjoys running, playing golf and attending and cheering on his children in their numerous sporting events.
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.
Debbie Swan, Vice President Human Resources
Debbie Swan became part of the Las Colinas Medical Center team in October of 2010; bringing a culmination of experience and enthusiasm to her position as Vice President of Human Resources. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from Wheaton College in Norton Massachusetts and received her Master of Science in Psychology from Howard University in Washington D.C. Debbie presented her Master’s Thesis at the 1994 American Psychological Association.
Debbie has spent over 12 years of her career mastering the intricacies of the human resources profession. She has worked in a variety of industries from profit, non-profit to government. With a start in the hospitality industry working at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington D.C. where she was the Assistant Director of Human Resources, she developed and implemented several programs one was the recruitment program working with George Washington University Tourism and Hospitality management in Washington D.C., Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in New York, and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland. She then moved to Arlington County Government where she led the Diversity/Outreach program for the county. She and her family moved to the beautiful Raleigh Durham area of North Carolina where she managed the Duke University School of Nursing ‘s Trajectories of Aging and Care Research Center. When her husband became the Research and Development Chef for Magggiano’s Little Italy they moved to Dallas with their wonderful dog Sadie. Her last position before coming to Las Colinas Medical center was with Baylor Health Care System where she implemented and managed the multi-faceted system wide onboarding program where she onboarded over 3,000 new hires from 2009 to 2010
Debbie is most proud of her work at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland were she reviewed the grants the WCC supported for South Africa, and her work at the Jamaican Women’s Center in Sav-La-Mar Jamaica where she was a counselor. The World Health Organization adopted the Women’s centers model for working with teenage pregnant women.
Debbie has a wonderful husband of 17 years and has been very lucky to live and work in some wonderful places. She loves to eat, shoot sporting clay and discover new places.
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 twenty years. She is a full time wife and mother of a nine 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, Director of Nursing Operations
Kimberley Petty currently serves as the Director 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.