Daniela Decell, Chief Executive Officer
Daniela Decell was born in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, to a Texas born-and-bred military father and German mother. The family moved to Texas when she was 3 years old and has never looked back. Decell received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University in 1985. In 1991, she earned her master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, became a Certified Healthcare Administrator in 2004 and achieved Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2007.
She began her career in healthcare as a critical care nurse at Saint Joseph Hospital and began her management career in 1996 as the Neuroscience Service Line Director at what is now Medical City Fort Worth. She became Chief Nursing Officer in 1997 and Chief Operating Officer in 2000.
Decell was named Chief Executive Officer at Medical City Las Colinas in August 2005. Since then she has been instrumental in leading growth efforts by:
- Beginning an interventional and open heart program
- Creating state-of-the-art women’s services/women’s imaging services which includes two digital mammography units, breast MRI and an expanded labor and postpartum area which boosts a roomy VIP suite
- Reintroducing an orthopedic and spine product line to the campus
- Moving NICU to a level 3A status; and
- Obtaining Joint Commission Stroke Certification, July 2011 and re-certification in 2013
- Leapfrog "A" safety rating
In addition, she has worked diligently to create a culture and vision in the organization which fosters a healthy work environment, focuses on the customer and ensures quality outcomes for the patients. Las Colinas has been recognized by The Texas Medical Foundation for The Texas Healthcare Quality Improvement Award of Excellence in 2008, 2009 & 2010 and has achieved Chest Pain level II Accreditation.
Decell is married has four children.
Ben Harris, Chief Operating Officer
Ben Harris is the Chief Operating Officer at Medical City Las Colinas. After spending a decade in the pharmaceutical industry, Harris joined HCA in 2011 as Vice President of Business Development at Medical City Plano. During his tenure, the hospital grew into one of the top hospitals in North Texas. Harris was instrumental in the growth and development of key emergent and elective service lines, including Neurosurgery, Spine, Orthopedic Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Cardiovascular and Women's Services.
Additionally, Medical City Plano opened the Brain and Spine Hospital, achieved one of the first Comprehensive Stroke Center designations in Texas and opened the region's second dedicated burn unit. He also helped improve physician satisfaction rankings to the top 3 percent of hospitals across the country.
Harris was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Medical City Las Colinas in February 2016. He oversees hospital operations and development of the 100-bed full-service medical facility with more than 550 physicians and 450 employees. The facility is Irving's first Primary Stroke Center and is the only facility in the city to achieve an "A" patient safety rating.
Harris is a survivor of neuroinvasive West Nile Virus. His recovery continues to this day. Having been a hospital patient for more than six months provides him a unique perspective for a hospital administrator.
Among many active roles in our community, Harris served on the Plano City Council for eight years, concluding his service due to term limits in 2017. Harris received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University. He and his wife, Abby, live in Plano with their two beautiful children.
Stephen Trochesset, Chief Financial Officer
Stephen Trochesset currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Medical City Las Colinas. Trochesset began his career in healthcare as a Staff Accountant at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston in 1993. He joined HCA's North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colorado, in 1995 as a Senior Accountant and was promoted to Controller in 1998. He returned to Texas in 2006 and continued his HCA career at Medical City Las Colinas as their Controller. Promoted in 2014 to Chief Financial Officer, Stephen currently oversees daily operations of accounting, health information management, patient aAccess, case management, materials management and asset mManagement.
Stephen received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University in 1992 and a bachelor of science degree in meteorology in 1990. He earned his Certified Public Accountant license in Texas in 1995. He is an active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Lone Star Chapter. In his spare time Stephen enjoys many outdoor activities such as swimming, snowboarding, skiing and hiking.
Kimberly Caraway, Chief Nursing Officer
Kimberley Caraway currently serves as the Chief Nursing Officer at Medical City Las Colinas, overseeing daily operations for clinical nursing services. Caraway has been in the HCA family since 1995 when she started her nursing career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in the Kansas City, Missouri, market. After obtaining an associate's degree in Nursing from Park University in Missouri, Caraway relocated with her family to Texas, where she accepted a position as PCU manager in Denton, Texas, in 1999. While there, the hospital migrated to computer documentation where Kim received extensive informatics training in the development of the Meditech Patient Care Systems. During her tenure, she was promoted to the role of Infection Control Manager and Quality/PI analyst, obtaining her infection control certification through the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and serving as a member of the Denton County Emergency Preparedness Team.
In 2003, Caraway joined the team at Medical City Las Colinas as the Information Technology Clinical Analyst, responsible for nursing documentation systems; and in 2006 became the clinical educator for the facility, establishing partnerships with health science programs in Irving and Coppell independent school districts, as well as with local community college nursing programs. As a result of those partnerships, Caraway has served on the Healthcare Advisory Board for the Jack E. Singley Health Science Program in Irving ISD since 2007.
Caraway received a bachelor’s degree in nNursing with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of Texas at Arlington and is currently in UTA’s Nursing Master’s Program.
In her spare time, Caraway loves to write, but for pleasure only, and is considered the hospital's resident poet by her nursing peers.