Seton Executives Working to Ease Access into Hospitals, Meet Other Needs


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AUSTIN, Texas – (Feb. 5, 2015) – Herb Dyer, University Medical Center Brackenridge vice president and chief operating officer, will take on a new senior leadership role with a dedicated focus on “ease of access” into the Seton Family of Hospitals.

Dyer will leverage relationships that he has established as the chief operating officer at UMC Brackenridge in promoting the Level I trauma center and as he helped construct and later operate Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle.

In this new role, he also will develop new relationships with the goal of growing high-value services; linking providers into a navigable continuum of care; and continuing to serve Seton’s mission.

Dyer joined Seton Healthcare Family in 2006 as a vice president and project executive. He coordinated architectural and general contractor planning and development of multi-year, pro forma financials for the successful consolidation and move of Seton’s administrative functions to one site on the Mueller campus. Prior to his coming to Austin, he was employed by the Health and Hospital Corporation of New York City as an Associate Executive Director. He is a graduate of Baruch College in New York and holds a master’s in Public Administration.

Under his leadership, Seton Hays was completed months ahead of schedule in 2009. Upon its opening, Dyer became responsible for managing and operating the facility and forging ties with physicians, area providers, Hays County and City of Kyle officials and the donor community. He led a Seton Hays expansion to better serve the people of Hays County until he was appointed to head up operations at UMC Brackenridge in 2013.

Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas

Debra Hernandez, Central Group chief nursing officer, will apply her extensive experience in both CNO and operations roles in this newly created position at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas.

Hernandez joined Seton in 2013 as chief nursing officer for the Central Group, bringing executive nursing experience in community and academic medicine settings. Before coming to Seton, she was with Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Columbus, Ga., where she served as senior vice president, Clinical Operations, and chief nurse executive.

Prior to that, Hernandez was senior vice president, Patient Care Services, and chief nursing officer for the Stamford Health System. She also served Duke University Health System’s Durham Regional Hospital as chief nursing and patient care services officer. Hernandez received her master’s of Health Administration from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, N.C., and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina. Currently, she is working on her doctorate of Nursing Practice Executive Leadership.

Executive Leadership Support for Nursing

Elizabeth Steger, chief nursing officer of Seton’s South Group, will serve as acting CNO at Seton Medical Center Austin and Seton Shoal Creek Hospital.

Steger joined Seton in May 2014 and brings extensive nurse leadership experience in both academic medical centers and large complex care hospitals. She is the nurse executive liaison on several Seton councils and a frequent contributor to the Nurse-to-Nurse blog, championing evidence-based nursing practices.

Prior to joining Seton, Steger was vice president of Nursing Operations with Novant Health’s Presbyterian Medical Center and Hemby Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., where she successfully introduced hourly rounding and bedside shift report. Before Novant, she served as vice president of Patient Care at Methodist Richardson (Texas) Medical Center. Earlier in her career, she held positions of increasing responsibility within the Baylor Health System.

Steger earned a bachelor of science in Nursing from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and a master of science in Nursing Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington. She holds a nursing certification in administration and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.