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ASHLEY HARROZ
Chief Executive Officer

Ashley Harroz serves as Chief Executive Officer of HPI, Oklahoma’s premier physician owned, physician driven specialty hospital system.  Harroz joined HPI in 2010 as Vice President and General Counsel, later served as Chief Operating Officer, and moved into her current role as CEO in 2021.  As CEO, Harroz is responsible for leading all aspects of HPI, from its 3 specialty hospitals to the physician practices it manages at over 30 locations throughout the greater metro area and beyond.  Harroz brings unique institutional knowledge and experience in managing physician owned enterprises after having served in various leadership roles throughout her tenure at HPI. As General Counsel, Harroz provided strategic legal and regulatory guidance to the company and was responsible for overseeing complex healthcare transactions, managing HPI’s real estate portfolio, and supervising various departments to include human resources, employee health and welfare programs, insurance and risk management, contract management and compliance programs. As COO, Harroz assumed the role of managing relationships with HPI’s joint venture partners, USPI and INTEGRIS, as well as relationships with HPI’s physician investors.

Prior to joining HPI, Harroz served as in house counsel at various healthcare entities and as Assistant District Attorney for Cleveland County.  She received a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and prior to that, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Letters.  Harroz currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Community Hospital and Northwest Surgical Hospital.  Harroz also serves on the Board of HBC Champions Foundation.


 

Stacy Scheffler

Stacy Scheffler
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Stacy Scheffler serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Healthcare Partners Investments, LLC. His experience includes over 25 years in public accounting and healthcare financial management. He has spent much of his career focused on healthcare auditing, financial consulting, and strategic healthcare financial management. Mr. Scheffler oversees the financial operations of HPI and its consolidated subsidiaries and managed companies.

Prior to Joining HPI, Mr. Scheffler spent numerous years with public accounting firms providing healthcare auditing and financial advisory services. He also served in various financial roles with Mercy Health System Oklahoma. He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for a 277 licensed bed subsidiary hospital of the publicly traded Universal Health Services, Inc.

Mr. Scheffler is a native of Oklahoma and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and serves as a board member of CASA of Oklahoma County that provides court appointed representation for abused and neglected children.


 

Thomas Fondren

Thomas Fondren
Chief Development Officer and SVP, Clinic Operations

Thomas Fondren serves as Chief Development Office & Senior Vice President of Clinic Operations at Healthcare Partners Investments, LLC focusing on clinic efficiency and physician recruitment. He has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare administration. His expertise includes strategic planning, operations and national service model management. Prior to joining HPI, Thomas was Vice President of Business Development at ROK Medical Management, where he created a workers' compensation DME Network. As Area Vice President at CorVel Healthcare Corporation, he directed operations in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. Throughout his career, Thomas has developed a proven track record of increasing sales, market share and profitability, which he continues to deliver at HPI. He holds a bachelor's degree from University of Oklahoma.


 

Debbie Kearns

Debbie Kearns
Senior VP, Hospital Operations & CEO, Community Hospital & Northwest Surgical Hospital

Debbie Kearns, RN, serves as the Senior Vice President  of Hospital Operations & Chief Executive Officer for Community Hospital and Northwest Surgical Hospital at Healthcare Partners, LLC.  Kearns responsibilities include overall operations, leadership and direction of strategy and growth.  She is a member of the Executive Management Team of Healthcare Partners Investments, LLC.   With more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare nursing and hospital administration, Kearns has led organizations to achieve clinical and financial success throughout her career.  She is experienced in financial and clinical operational performance, strategic planning and program development. As CEO, Kearns was instrumental in planning, design, development and opening Healthcare Partners newest hospital location.

Prior to joining HPI, she served as the Chief Nursing Officer of Oklahoma Heart Hospital, opening Oklahoma’s first all-digital heart hospital.  Additionally, she served as the Cardiac Clinical Director of critical care for Integris Health. Kearns has served as a part time professor at Southern Nazarene University, where she shared her expertise in hospital leadership and healthcare finance to students in the Healthcare MBA program.  Kearns has led organizations to achieve national recognition for clinical outcomes and quality care.  Organizations under her leadership have achieved the Guardian Award for customer satisfaction and the Beacon Award for Clinical Excellence.  Kearns was instrumental in Community Hospital’s achievement as Oklahoma’s only Blue Distinction Center for Spine and Total Joint Surgery awarded to hospitals with proven expertise in delivering specialty care.  Recently Community Hospital achieved recognition as one of only four hospitals in the state to receive a five star rating from CMS.

Kearns holds a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Southern Nazarene University and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Oklahoma City Community College. She is a member of American College of Healthcare Executives, Association of Operating Room Nurses and Oklahoma Organization of Nurse Executives.


 

Teresa Bauman
Associate Vice President of Legal Affairs, Compliance, Privacy and Risk

Teresa Baumann serves as Associate Vice President of Legal Affairs, Compliance, Privacy and Risk.  Ms. Baumann provides strategic leadership primarily focused on evaluation and resolution of legal and compliance matters.  Additionally, she provides planning and execution of risk mitigation strategy.  Her responsibilities also include management and oversight of the human resources and contracting departments.  Ms. Baumann joined HPI in September 2020.   

Prior to joining HPI, Ms. Baumann served as an in-house attorney for a Fortune 500 company where she negotiated commercial contracts, successfully resolved legal disputes and provided strategic legal advice.  She graduated with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and earned a B.A. in Psychology from the Johns Hopkins University.