Chief Executive Officer
Sims was named chief executive officer at Medical City Fort Worth in 2017. Sims came to Fort Worth after serving 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 more than 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.
Terry Loftus, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Terry Loftus, MD, joined Medical City Fort Worth in September 2017. Prior to this, he was president of Loftus Health, a healthcare consulting company committed to educating physician leaders on how to successfully implement programs that improve the delivery of healthcare. Previously he was the medical director of surgical services and clinical resources for Banner Health in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as chief medical officer (CMO) of Banner Boswell Medical Center.
Dr. Loftus’ undergrad work and MBA are from Arizona State University and his medical degree is from the University of Arizona. He completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Utah and a trauma surgery and surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Maryland’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Loftus is also a graduate of the Advanced Training Program for Executives and Quality Improvement Leaders sponsored by Intermountain Healthcare’s Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research.
Dr. Loftus has served in various leadership roles, including medical director of a Level 1 trauma center and a surgical intensive care unit. He is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgery. He has authored three books on program development and numerous journal articles on quality improvement.
Damita J. Williams EdD, MSN, MA, RN, CENP
Chief Nursing Officer
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.
Sean Thomson, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Sean Thomson joined Medical City Fort Worth in December 2015. He previously served seven years as chief financial officer (CFO) for a sister HCA Healthcare facility, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Thomson began his career with HCA in the accounting department at Frankfort (Kentucky) Regional Medical Center in 1995. He has served HCA as a senior auditor in the company’s internal audit department, as well as a senior analyst for HCA’s corporate information technology and security department, prior to being promoted to division controller for the company’s Central Atlantic Division in 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.
Chief Operating Officer
JW Newman joined Medical City Fort Worth in January 2019. He had served as the Associate Chief Operating Officer at Medical City Dallas since January 2018.
He previously held the same role at Medical City Fort Worth from January 2016 through December 2017. Prior to these roles, Newman served as an Administrative Resident for Medical City Healthcare at the division office. Newman replaces John Corbeil, who was recently promoted to CEO of Kingwood Medical Center, another HCA Healthcare facility located in Houston, Texas.
While at Medical City Dallas, Newman was responsible for a noticeable increase in employee engagement scores within departments for which he had oversight. He also successfully led capital improvement projects valued at more than $65 million.
Newman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration degree from Trinity University.
Megan Gallegos, DNP, BS, RN, NEA-BC
Assistant Chief Nursing Officer
Megan Gallegos was named Assistant Chief Nursing Officer for Medical City Fort Worth in October 2016. She joined the hospital in 2013, first working as an emergency room registered nurse and charge nurse, then moving up to director of critical care and administrative director of emergency services. Previously, she was nursing supervisor for eight Park Nicollet system urgent care clinics in Minnesota. She also served in several intensive care nursing positions.
Gallegos is a past recipient of one of the top employee awards within HCA Healthcare, the HCA Innovator Award for Service Excellence. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives. She serves on the Professional Advisory Board for TCU’s Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences.
She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nursing Executive Administration and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Oklahoma State University.
Vernon O. Jones II
Associate Chief Operating Officer
Vernon Jones II joined Medical City Fort Worth in January 2018 as associate chief operating officer (ACOO). Jones came to Fort Worth from the Houston area, where he served as director of operations for CHI St. Luke’s Health Woodlands, Lakeside and Springwood Village hospitals. Prior to that, he was director of ambulatory clinics and manager of urology/ENT for HCA Healthcare’s Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. He also previously served two years as clinical services manager for Ochsner Health System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Jones earned a Master of Science in Health Care Management from the University of New Orleans and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Texas Southern University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the National Association of Health Services Executives.
Brandon Prunty, RN, BSN
Vice President of Business Development
Brandon Prunty has been with Medical City Fort Worth since 2008 and served most recently as the Administrative Director of Orthopedics and Spine. He has held other leadership roles including Director of Advanced Clinicals, Nursing Director of Orthopedic, Bariatric, Spine, Medical Surgical and Transplant PCU.
Prunty holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington and will soon graduate with his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Tyler.