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Leadership Team

Learn more about the Nacogdoches Medical Center Leadership Team. Our leaders help us deliver quality care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Philip Koovakada, Chief Executive Officer

Philip was named Chief Executive Officer of NMC Health Network in February of 2018. He first joined NMC in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer (COO) where he was responsible for the daily operations and oversight of NMC’s ancillary departments. His direction has earned the hospital consistent recognition for exceeding national guidelines and excellence in care, improved operational efficiency and positively impacted patient and employee satisfaction. Philip is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and earned both a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from California State University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

Randy Slack, Chief Financial Officer

Randy joined the NMC team in May of 2017. He served as Chief Executive Officer of CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Livingston from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that time, he served as Chief Financial Officer in Texas hospitals located in Midland, Odessa, and Mission.

Randy received his Master of Business Administration from Bethel University College of Professional Studies in Nashville, TN, and his Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from Louisiana State University. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1985.

Patti Bennett, Chief Nursing Officer

Patti was appointed CNO in January 2019 and is responsible for Pharmacy, Nursing, Case Management and Quality. She has significant executive management and administrative experience in non-profit, for-profit and academic health systems.

Patti earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Medical Branch. She also holds a Masters of Science in Nursing from Texas Women’s University.

Teresa Farrell, Chief Human Resources Officer

Teresa began her career at Nacogdoches Medical Center in 1987 as Staff Coordinator. In May 2000, she was promoted to Director of Human Resources and now serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer and Director of Volunteers. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Her professional affiliations include SHRM and Pineywoods HR Association.

Ian Gibson

Ian Gibson is Associate Administrator / Director of Strategy for Nacogdoches Medical Center (NMC). Ian joined the NMC team in June 2016 as the Director of Strategy. He holds both a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters of Business Administration from Baylor University. Before moving to Nacogdoches, he served as Physician Development Manager at Centennial Medical Center in Frisco, TX.