Elizabeth Ortega, Chief Executive Officer
In July 2019, Elizabeth Ortega became the Chief Executive Officer at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, the #1 hospital for women and infants in the state and an HCA Houston Healthcare affiliate.
A healthcare executive with over 14 years of progressive experience in the healthcare industry, Ortega previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio. Before her appointment to Methodist in 2013, she had been the Chief Operating Officer and Ethics and Compliance Officer at Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso. She has also worked for Sunrise Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas as well as Medical City Dallas Hospital.
Ortega has a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Texas at Austin.
She is involved in a variety of community activities. She is a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Kappa Kappa Gamma alumnae association. She has served as a mentor for students at Trinity University and is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
In addition to her passion for the health of women and children, Ortega enjoys running and spending time with her two daughters.
Caroline Burris, Chief Operating Officer
Caroline Burris joined The Woman's Hospital of Texas as the Chief Operating Officer in May 2019. Previously, Burris served as the Associate Administrator at TriStar Summit Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Prior to that, she served as the Program Development Coordinator in both Oncology and Cardiology for Sarah Cannon, a Business Analyst on the Meaningful Use attestation team, and a Performance Improvement SWAT team member.
Burris received her Bachelors in Business Administration from Belmont University in Nashville, TN and her Master’s in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Additionally, Caroline graduated from HCA Healthcare's Executive Development Program in 2018.
As a teenager, Caroline served as a volunteer at Vanderbilt University’s Children’s Hospital and immediately knew healthcare was the path for her. She has a particular passion for Women’s and Children’s healthcare that was enhanced with her personal NICU experience with her son.
Caroline is married to Stephen and lives in Houston with their son and 2 dogs.
Terry L. Simon, Chief Medical Officer
Terry L. Simon became the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at The Woman's Hospital of Texas in April 2014. He had a 33 year private practice of Ob/Gyn in the Texas Medical Center of Houston, Texas. Throughout his pre-med and medical school education he was always involved in teaching. He became a Clinical Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn at Baylor College of Medicine after finishing his residency and remained a part the faculty with many various areas of specific interest and expertise, including the Dysplasia Clinic, minimally invasive laparoscopic gynecologic surgery, vaginal surgery as well as complex gynecologic procedures. He was involved in Quality Improvement throughout his career. Later in his career, he also became involved in the beginnings of the Ob/Gyn Hospitalist programs. He helped build and develop the program at The Woman's Hospital of Texas which he continued to be active until he became CMO.
Dr. Simon received his undergraduate education from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He is married to Debbie A. Simon and lives in Houston. They have seven children and nine grandchildren.
Veronica Martin, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Veronica Martin Chief Nursing Officer for The Woman's Hospital of Texas, an HCA Houston Healthcare affiliate.
Throughout Veronica Martin's career, the care of women and children has been her passion.
She has over 25 years of nursing and operations experience and comes to The Woman's Hospital of Texas from Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, a freestanding children's hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida where she served as the vice president and chief nursing officer. Martin led many initiatives during her tenure at this organization inclusive of improving nurse engagement, stabilizing the nursing workforce, hardwiring shared governance, and creating a strategy to achieve Magnet designation. In addition she has a sharp focus on patient experience, quality initiatives and collaborating with teams.
Martin started her career in pediatrics and also has extensive obstetrics and adult services experience. Prior to her employment at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, she served as the corporate chief nursing officer for the Shriner's Health System and had system responsibility for nursing, laboratory, pharmacy, and rehabilitation services. She has also led nursing services at WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell, Georgia, with fiscal, strategic and operational responsibilities for a 382-bed hospital with shared governance in place at the system and entity level. Martin held leadership roles at Tampa General Hospital, a 1018 bed Magnet designated hospital in Tampa Florida and the University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. She has also served as the Assistant Vice President for Women's and Children's Services at Medical City Lewisville in Lewisville, Texas.
Martin earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)/Health Systems Leadership from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in 2014. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing/Executive Level Administration from the University of South Alabama, from which she also received her Bachelor's in Science Degree (B.S.N). She is Nurse Executive Advanced/Board Certified and a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Health Care Executives. In addition, she holds a clinical faculty appointment with the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and teaches in their Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
Kenny Russo, Chief Finance Officer
Coming from a family with strong medical background of numerous physicians and nurses, Kenny Russo has dedicated his predominate career specializing in healthcare finance.
Prior to coming to The Woman's Hospital if Texas, he was a part of Community Health Systems where he joined CHS- Cedar Park Regional in 2010 as a finance specialist. In 2012 he transitioned to CHS- Abilene Regional and became the Assistant CFO before becoming the CFO of CHS- Hill Regional in 2014.
Russo received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance/Accounting and also received his Master's in Business Administration from Harden-Simmons University.
He and his wife delivered a beautiful baby at The Woman's Hospital of Texas. He enjoys spending his time with his wife and baby.