Our Leadership

Board Members

William D. Caplan
Suzan Cardwell
Joni Hruska Fichter
Joanie Hare, M.D.
James R. McBride, M.D.
Ann Shirley Phillips
Linda Russell
Mark Turrentine, M.D.
Maura Walsh,

William D. Caplan, M.D., Board Member

Dr. William Caplan, a native Houstonian, is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. He serves as medical director for Pediatrix Medical Group, which provides 24-hour in-house neonatology services at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, as well as manages the specialty care nursery at Park Plaza Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

Previously he chaired the department of pediatrics at Houston Northwest Medical Center.

Dr. Caplan earned his medical degree, completed his residency and served his neonatal fellowship with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is a member of the Harris County Medical Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Suzan Cardwell

Suzan Cardwell is a medical malpractice attorney with Franklin, Cardwell & Jones, P.C. In her 20 years of practice, Ms. Cardwell has successfully defended medical malpractice claims against virtually all of Houston's most prominent and most litigious plaintiffs' malpractice attorneys.

Given her trial experience, Cardwell publishes and speaks regularly on issues critical to attorneys and physicians, including, "Dealing with Rambo Lawyers" at the Advanced Civil Discovery Course sponsored by the Houston Bar and how healthcare providers can avoid malpractice claims.

She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, and obtained her law degree from Baylor University in 1976. After first serving as an assistant attorney general of Texas, she continued her practice at Fulbright & Jaworski, where she specialized in the defense of medical malpractice claims. Cardwell is a member of the Greater Houston Society for Health Care Risk Management, the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, and the National Health Lawyer's Association.

Joanie Hare, M.D., Board Member

Dr. Joanie Hare, a maternal/fetal medicine specialist practicing with Houston Perinatal Associates, completed her medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and a fellowship in maternal/fetal medicine at the Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.

Hare’s interests include ultrasound diagnosis of prenatal disorders, evaluation of fetal growth and fetal doppler studies. She specializes in conditions such as hypertension, antiphospholipid syndrome and preterm labor.

James R. McBride, M.D.

Dr. James R. McBride, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, has practiced at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas and the Texas Medical Center for more than 30 years. He is a founding partner of Fannin Surgicare, an outpatient surgery center located on the campus of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. McBride is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist and numerous other national, state, and local organizations. He has served on the credentials and bylaws committee of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas since 1981.

His practice consists of obstetrics, office gynecology, infertility surgery, menopausal medicine, gynecologic surgery and minimally invasive surgery such as total laparoscopic hysterectomy and other procedures that have shortened hospital stays and recovery.

Ann Shirley Phillips, Board Member

Ann Shirley Phillips, director of sales for Prognosis Health Information Systems of Houston, works primarily with rural and community hospitals, educating staff on operational efficiencies, improved patient care, and federal mandates surrounding the use of software for electronic medical records.

Phillips previously served in the Chi Omega executive headquarters in Memphis, TN, as an in-house consultant for over 150 chapters. She graduated from Texas State in 2001.

She is active on the national board of directors for Chi Omega as well the fundraising board for Homes of St. Mark, a local adoption agency.

Joni Hruska Fichter, Board Member

Joni Hruska Fichter, co-owner of Career Placement, Inc., excels in the staffing industry and been recognized for her professional and volunteer work on the local and state level.

A Texas State graduate, Fichter has been honored with the 2009 Alumni Achievement Award. She helped found Challenger Baseball for children with special needs in the Houston area, taking a team to play at the White House South Lawn Game in 2005 then to play during the Little League World Series in 2008. Challenger Football & Cheer premiered in 2006. She serves on the West Uuniversity Little League Auxiliary and is an assistant district administrator of Challenger.

Fichter is chairman of the Friends of West University Place Parks Fund, Inc. and serves on the boards of The Woman's Hospital, The Center, The Foundation for the Retarded, Children's Museum of Houston, Strake Jesuit Booster Club, the Chi Omega Alumni Association and Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston.

Linda Russell, President and CEO, Woman’s Hospital of Texas

As the chief executive officer of The Woman's Hospital of Texas, Linda Russell embodies the hospital mission of providing compassionate and exceptional care to women and infants. Guided by her vision since 1994, the hospital has grown in size and prestige. In fact, more women chose to have their babies at The Woman's Hospital of Texas than at any other hospital in Houston.

Russell was appointed to the Judicial Compensation Commission by Governor Rick Perry and serves on the board of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. She also serves on the March of Dimes board of directors. In 2007, Linda was named outstanding volunteer fundraiser for the Texas chapter of the March of Dimes.

The married mother of 4 spends whatever free time she has with her husband, 4 daughters, and 3 grandchildren. All of her grandchildren were born at Woman's so Linda can honestly say that she would recommend the facility to family and friends.

Mark Turrentine, M.D.

Dr. Mark Turrentine, MD, staff physician at The Woman's Hospital of Texas, is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist who trained at the University of Missouri. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and as a physician with the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

Dr. Turrentine is an oral board examiner for The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a fellow of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a fellow of the Collaborative Ambulatory Research Network and a reviewer for the journals of Obstetrics & Gynecology and The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Maura Walsh, President, HCA Gulf Coast Division

As President of the HCA Gulf Coast Division, Maura Walsh is committed to continuing HCA’s legacy of excellent and compassionate care. She began her healthcare career in 1980, holding executive roles at hospitals in Vermont, Arkansas, and Texas. She joined HCA in 1987, eventually serving as CEO for three different hospitals within the division. Today, she serves as the division’s president.

Ms. Walsh has actively served as a board member for a number of local organizations, including the Greater Houston Partnership, the American Diabetes Association – Houston, the American Heart Association – Houston, and others. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Under her guidance, the division has grown to ten hospitals, eight ambulatory surgery centers, seven freestanding emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius.

Ms. Walsh has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, which gave her their 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award.