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Executive Team

Penny Johnson, President/CEO

Penny Johnson, President/CEOPenny Johnson has been named president/CEO for Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South and AdventHealth’s Southwest Region, which also includes hospital campuses in Killeen, Lampasas and San Marcos, Texas as well as a new health care campus opening in Mansfield, Texas in late 2020.

Johnson previously serves AdventHealth as senior vice president of finance, where she has oversight and responsibility for the corporatewide finance and accounting functions, treasury and strategic investments, strategic supply chain, shared services (finance and supply chain) and facility construction relationships.

“Penny is a dynamic leader whose passion for our mission is evident. Her rich experience in previously serving this region in a leadership role and working closely with our valued joint venture and community partners, will serve her well as she leads Texas Health Huguley and the Southwest Region into a new decade of providing whole-person care,” said Randy Haffner, president/CEO of the Multi-State Division of AdventHealth.

Johnson joined AdventHealth in 2002 and since then has served in financial leadership at several AdventHealth facilities, as well as its corporate headquarters. She previously served the organization as assistant vice president and controller for AdventHealth Shawnee Mission in Kansas, chief financial officer for AdventHealth Central Texas and chief financial officer for Texas Health Huguley and the Southwest Region.

​​​​​​​“I feel blessed to have the opportunity to return to Texas and to work with the physicians, team members and partners to care for our community and provide wholeness to those we serve,” said Johnson.

Johnson earned her Bachelor of Business Administration and Accounting from Union College, and her Master of Business Administration from Baker University. She and her husband Jeff have a 16-year-old daughter in high school and a 19-year-old son who attends Texas Christian University. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Jesse Sutton, M.B.A., Vice President/CFO

Jesse Sutton is responsible for the strategic development and management of financial planning and business operations of the medical center. He provides executive direction for the revenue cycle, supply chain, and Huguley Medical Associates, the employed physician group.

Sutton also serves as the regional CFO for the three other hospitals in AdventHealth Southwest Region: AdventHealth Central Texas (previously Metroplex Adventist Hospital) in Killeen, Texas Health Hospital Mansfield and AdventHealth Rollins Brook (previously Rollins Brook Community Hospital) in Lampasas.

Previously, Sutton held the position of vice president and CFO of Central Texas Medical Center for four years. He returned to Texas Health Huguley where he worked from 2004 to 2012, climbing to the role of controller. Sutton has more than 20 years of experience in health care finance.

A resident of Burleson, Sutton holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas in Arlington and a bachelor of business administration in accounting from Southwestern Adventist University.


Tammy Ellis, R.N., CNAA, BC, Vice President/CNO

Tammy Ellis, 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. Ellis 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 AdventHealth corporate initiatives in clinical informatics, clinical pathways, reducing medical variances, and clinical best practices.

Ms. Ellis 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. Ellis is very active in community service and serves on several boards such as the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.


Edward Laue, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

Dr_Edward_Laue Edward Laue, M.D., has served as Texas Health Huguley’s vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer since 2006. 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.

In 2007, he formed Huguley Medical Associates, an employed physician group that currently has more than 30 primary care and specialty physicians. He serves as president of Huguley Medical Associates and as the administrative director of the Texas Health Huguley hospitalist group.

He is a member of the board of directors for Community Hospice of Texas.

Before joining the administration of Texas Health Huguley Hospital, Dr. Laue practiced obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Laue spent six years in practice at Texas Health Huguley, where he was the chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and served as the vice president of the medical staff. Prior to coming to Fort Worth, he practiced in San Diego, California for twelve years.

Dr. Laue earned a master of business administration with a healthcare emphasis from the University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management in 2013. He completed his internship 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, Texas.


Russ Weaver, Vice President

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Russ Weaver, Vice President of Revenue Cycle and Finance, oversees the strategic development and management of financial planning and business operations of the medical center.  He provides executive direction for many departments, including patient financial services, health information management, patient access, supply chain management and charge auditing.

Weaver joined Texas Health Huguley in 2004 as the Director of Managed Care for the Southwest Region of AdventHealth, which also includes AdventHealth Central Texas, (previously Metroplex Adventist Hospital) in Killeen, Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos and AdventHealth Rollins Brook, (previously Rollins Brook Community Hospital) in Lampasas.  He was promoted in 2013 to Associate Vice President of Revenue Cycle, where his notable professional accomplishments include reducing emergency department throughput time by more than 40%.

Previously, Weaver worked for Providence Healthcare Network in Waco, and he has a total of 25 years’ experience in the financial management of healthcare organizations.

Weaver earned a Master of Business Administration from Baylor University and holds an undergraduate degree in business from Southwestern Adventist University.

Weaver serves as a board member for the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce and Harvest House.  He is a member of Toastmasters and the Rotary Club, where he previously served as president.


Sean Lemon, Vice President

Sean LemonSean Lemon has been appointed to the position of vice president of ancillary services for Texas Health Huguley Hospital. He will oversee departmental operations for laboratory, radiology, therapy services, human resources, occupational medicine, fitness center, community wellness, nutrition, marketing and the Texas Health Huguley Surgery Center.

Lemon began his career with AdventHealth in 2011 as a marketing and business development intern before becoming a physician liaison for neuroscience, orthopedics and sports medicine. In his experience, he has served as assistant director of neuroscience at AdventHealth Central Florida, and most recently as the director of strategic planning, multi-state division.

Lemon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Sciences from Southern Adventist University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. He is married to Jacque, his high school sweetheart, and they are parents to a 3-year-old son.