Ken Finch, President/CEO
Texas Health Huguley welcomed Ken Finch as President/CEO in May 2009. As President/CEO of the Adventist Health System Southwest Region, Ken Finch serves as Board Chairman for both Metroplex Health System in Killeen, Texas and Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, Texas.
Finch has served as President/CEO of Metroplex Health System since 1997 and has worked 30 years in Seventh-day Adventist Healthcare. Prior to this position, he served at Castle Medical Center in Oahu, Hawaii for 12 years as Vice President of Finance/CFO and then President/CEO. From 1980 – 1986, Finch served as Assistant Vice President and Controller for the Adventist Health System Eastern and Middle America Regional office. His hospital career began in 1978 as an accountant for Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.
Ken attended Southwestern Adventist College where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration. He then attended Avila College in Kansas City where he received a Masters of Business Administration Degree.
Penny L. Johnson, Vice President/CFO
Penny Johnson joined Texas Health Huguley August 1, 2011 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the hospital. She is responsible for the strategic development and management of financial planning and business operations of the medical center. She provides executive direction for many departments, including patient financial services, health information management, managed care, materials management, and Huguley Medical Associates.
Since 2007, Johnson served as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen, where her professional accomplishments include playing a key role in the hospital’s expansion of services that included a new emergency department, a dedicated Women’s Services Center, neonatal services and development of a major medical office building and endoscopy center in partnership with Scott & White Healthcare.
Johnson has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare finance that includes experience at Shawnee Mission Medical Center near Kansas City and Loma Linda University Medical Center in California. Johnson holds an MBA from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Accounting from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Johnson also serves as the Regional CFO for the three other hospitals in Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Region – Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen, Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos and Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas.
Tammy Collier, R.N., CNAA, BC, Vice President/CNO
Tammy Collier, RN, MSB, CNAA, BC, FACHE, joined Texas Health Huguley in 1991 as the Director of Outpatient Services and Emergency Department. Excelling as a leader, Ms. Collier now has full responsibility for all areas of inpatient and outpatient clinical service, including patient care and safety, customer service, employee satisfaction, and physician relationships. Her responsibilities also include new service line development in areas of Critical Care, Surgery, Emergency Department, Outpatient Services, Women's Services, Community Services, Clinical Informatics and Pain Management, Utilization Review activities, Risk Management and legal review.
She is accountable for regulatory compliance for The Joint Commission, Department of State Health Services, HIPAA, CMS, and EMTALA. She is also responsible for AHS corporate initiatives in clinical informatics, clinical pathways, reducing medical variances, and clinical best practices.
Ms. Collier attained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Science in Business and Human Relations from Amber University in Garland. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Recognized as a Healthcare Hero recipient in February 2005, Ms. Collier is very active in community service and serves on several boards such as the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.
Kent Tucker, Vice President
Kent Tucker earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health science education from University of Florida’s College of Health and Human Performance. After three years as a teacher, athletic trainer and coach, Mr. Tucker became the fitness specialist at Medical Center Hospital of Punta Gorda, Florida. He was promoted to director of wellness and rehabilitation services for the hospital, and he also became actively involved with the Punta Gorda Kiwanis club, serving a term as president.
In 1993, Mr. Tucker joined Texas Health Huguley as the director of wellness and rehabilitation services. He also became an adjunct faculty member of Southwestern Adventist University, teaching fitness management, nutrition, golf and tennis. He currently serves as vice president of ancillary services, directing the lab, radiology, therapy services, occupational medicine, fitness center, community wellness, corporate compliance, facilities management, marketing, nutrition, and physician recruitment.
Mr. Tucker serves on University of Florida’s College of Health and Human Performance Advisory Council. He has been named distinguished alum of University of Florida. In 2013, Mr. Tucker was honored with the Adventist Health System Community Service Award for the positive impact he has had on improving the quality of life in our community.
Edward Laue, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
Edward Laue, M.D., serves as Texas Health Huguley’s vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer. He is also president of Huguley Medical Associates, which owns several medical practices.
Dr. Laue's responsibilities include serving as a liaison between the hospital administration and the medical staff of more than 350 primary care and specialty physicians. He identifies potential improvements to patient care and safety and oversees current patient care and safety programs. As medical care continues to evolve, he evaluates and makes recommendations to enhance the hospital’s ability to meet the medical needs of the community.
Dr. Laue had an obstetrics and gynecology practice at the hospital for six years, and he has 18 years’ experience as a physician specializing in women’s health care. In his six years at Texas Health Huguley, Dr. Laue was the chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and served as the vice president of the medical staff. Prior to coming to Texas Health Huguley he practiced in Chula Vista and National City, California for twelve years.
Dr. Laue completed his internship year and his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale, California. He earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California. He received a B.S. in biology from Southwestern Adventist University in Keene.