Chief Executive Officer of Medical City Fort Worth
Sims was named chief executive officer at Medical City Fort Worth June 2017. Since 2014, Sims has served as senior vice president and chief operating officer at Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA) Tulane Health System, where he was responsible for daily operations of two acute care hospitals with over 500 beds and 35 hospital based clinics. His leadership is credited with remarkable improvements in patient experience, service line growth and recruitment of top talent to the organization. He led more than $50 million in construction and capital improvements and exhibited a commitment to the community, having served on multiple community boards including the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Sims brings more than 17 years of healthcare experience to the role. He joined HCA in 2011 serving as chief operating officer of St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida and Associate Chief Operating Officer at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas.
Sims received a Master of Health Administration from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and holds an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University (LSU). He was also awarded the 2016 UAMS Alumnus of the Year and in 2015 the Modern Healthcare Up and Comer Award.
Damita J. Williams EdD, MSN, MA, RN, CENP
Chief Nursing Officer, Medical City Fort Worth
Damita Williams was named chief nursing officer for Medical City Fort Worth in September 2017. Her career in healthcare spans more than 30 years. Prior to joining the leadership team in Fort Worth, she held several CNO positions, most recently at HCA Healthcare's Methodist Hospital Campus in San Antonio, Texas, which includes Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children's Hospital, the largest hospital in HCA.
Williams has enjoyed a dedicated clinical career focused on children and their families, with a passion for care of complex surgical and cardiovascular surgery patients. As a leader, she has had the opportunity to start a multi-visceral liver and intestinal transplant program, responsibility for several kidney and heart transplant services, as well as bariatric services, robotics and other services.
In addition to her service in healthcare, Williams serves as an adjunct faculty member for Indiana Wesleyan University in the doctorate in organizational leadership program.
Community service is a passion for Williams, as she has served more than a decade as director of clinic operations for Hope International Ministries Inc. and its medical missions to the Dominican Republic. She currently serves on the TCU Professional Advisory Board and has also served on the boards of several other community organizations, most recently for the Ronald McDonald House.
Williams is certified in Executive Nursing Practice, has served nationally as a member of the Maternal Child Health Council for the American Hospital Association and the Diversity Council of the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Organization of Nurse Executives and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing, a Master of Science in nursing administration, a Master of Arts in advanced leadership studies and a doctorate in organizational leadership. She has received several leadership awards, including being named one of the Outstanding Nursing Alumni from her alma mater, Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She and her husband, John, are the parents of five children.