Executive Team of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
David Stark, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Joining UnityPoint Health - Des Moines in 1996, Stark is an Iowa native. He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. He received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in Management and his Master's in Healthcare Administration from the University of Iowa. Stark is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, serves on the American Heart Association Board, the Iowa Hospital Association Board, Greater Des Moines Partnership Board, Principal Charity Classic Board, Iowa Public Television Foundation Board, a member of Rotary and is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.
Denise Cundy, MS, RN, NE-BC
Chief Nursing Executive
Cundy joined UnityPoint Health - Des Moines in 2009 and was promoted to Chief Nursing Executive in 2020. Denise earned her Diploma in Nursing from Sioux Valley Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux Falls, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Huron University in South Dakota, and her Master of Science with a focus on nursing education from South Dakota State University. She is also a Board-Certified Nurse Executive by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC), completed the Executive Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation Leadership at Arizona State University and was named a Top 100 Great Iowa Nurse in 2015. Cundy previously served as the Assistant Vice President for Nursing and Care Coordination at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines.
Douglas Dorner, MD
Senior Consultant Medical Education
Dr. Douglas Dorner practiced as a vascular surgeon in Des Moines for 31 years. In 1994, he was named Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Research and Director of Medical Education at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, and in 2015 became Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Dorner received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dorner is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, a member of many surgical and medical education organizations and is a past president of the Midwest Surgical Association. Dr. Dorner currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Des Moines Symphony Association. In 2008, he was honored by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) with their "Courage to Lead Award" as a national leader in residency education. He has served as a volunteer site visitor for the ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review program since 2013, visiting and reviewing academic medical centers throughout the country.
Tracy Ekhardt, MD
Vice President of Medical Affairs
Dr. Ekhardt first joined UnityPoint Health - Des Moines at Blank Children's Hospital as a Pediatric Critical Care (PICU) Attending Physician in October 2006. In January 2021, Ekhardt was promoted to Vice President of Medical Affairs following her previous role as Assistant Vice President of Medical Affairs since May of 2014. Dr. Ekhardt still regularly covers shifts in the PICU. Dr. Ekhardt received her undergraduate degree from Whitworth College and Doctor of Medicine from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR.
Dennis W. Linderbaum
President, UnityPoint Health Foundation
Linderbaum has been President of the UnityPoint Health- Des Moines Foundation since 2001. Prior to his joining the Foundation, he served for 14 years as president of the Iowa College Foundation, an organization that raises funds for Iowa's independent colleges and universities. Linderbaum currently serves on the Rotary Club of DMAM Foundation Board, is a past president of the Rotary Club of DMAM and is also a longtime member of the Interchange Business Club. He received his Bachelor of Arts in political science and history from Luther College and Master of Arts in political science from Iowa State University.
Vice President of Operations, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
Proctor Lureman joined UnityPoint Health - Des Moines in 1997 and serves as Vice President of Operations. In this role, Lureman provides oversight and direction to a variety of ancillary and clinical support departments along with physician support services and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Prior to being named as Vice President, he worked in a variety of leadership roles with UnityPoint Health including performance improvement, communications and information technology.
Lureman received his undergraduate and MBA degrees from Drake University and has served on various non-profit community boards in the Des Moines metro. Additionally, Lureman serves as chair of the Unity Point Health – Des Moines LGBTQ+ Steering Committee and is active in health system diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Chief Financial Officer
Tom Mathews, MHSA, has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the UnityPoint Health – Des Moines since August 2020. Prior to joining the UnityPoint Health – Des Moines team, he held financial leadership roles in not-for-profit health systems based in Ohio, North Carolina, and Missouri. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Finance for the Mercy Southwest Missouri/Kansas Community.
Mathews earned his Master of Health Services Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed his administrative residency at The Christ Hospital Health Network in Cincinnati as well. In addition to his Master of Health Services Administration degree, Mathews holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology from Xavier University and Colorado State University System in Accounting.
Vice President of Human Resources and Education, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
McDanel has been involved in healthcare leadership for more than 30 years. Her experience as an administrator, COO and CFO in other healthcare organizations has prepared her well for her current role as the VP of Human Resources and Education with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines.
In 2005, McDanel joined UnityPoint Health - Des Moines as the Executive Director of Integrated Service. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, has her MBA from the University of Iowa and has obtained Senior Human Resource Professional Certification (SPHR) and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. McDanel is an active member of the local and national Human Resource Professional organizations, Society of Human Resource Management and serves on the board for the Better Business Bureau. She also serves as an active member and co-chair of the Funding Collaborative for Central Iowa Works and CareerSTAT, a national initiative to validate and spread the investment in frontline, low-wage earners to move into sustainable wage positions through training and education programs initiated and/or supported by employers. In those roles, she demonstrates her ability to work with all areas of the organization to accomplish established goals, lead successful change and focus on the development of leaders and frontline staff.
Thomas P. Mulrooney, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
Mulrooney joined UnityPoint Health - Des Moines in 2005 and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer. Mulrooney previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for Iowa Lutheran Hospital and Methodist West Hospital, Vice President of Surgical and Cardiovascular Services, interim CEO at Story County Medical Center, Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Radiology at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. He received his undergraduate degree in Management and Master's in Health Administration from The University of Iowa. Mulrooney is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, previously served as the President for ACHE of Iowa, is a member of The University of Iowa Department of Health Management and Policy Alumni Board, serves as a Board Member for the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, is an adjunct faculty member for The University of Iowa Department of Health Management and Policy and graduated from the UnityPoint Health Management Leadership Academy.
Regional Vice President of Operations, Central Iowa, UnityPoint Clinic
Namanny is responsible for engaging employed primary care and specialty providers in regional and system-wide strategic initiatives; overseeing the recruitment, retention, development and supervision of clinic directors and clinic administrators; ensuring clinic operations achieves alignment and accountability within the regional system of care; and managing performance to meet UnityPoint Clinic's annual and long-term goals. Previously Namanny was Vice President of Primary Care Services for UnityPoint Clinic – Peoria. He received his undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and a Master's of Business Administration from Bradley University in Peoria.
Josh Rehmann, DO
Vice President and Medical Director, Central Iowa, UnityPoint Clinic
Dr. Josh Rehmann was named Vice President and Medical Director of our UnityPoint Clinic Central Iowa Region in 2022. Dr. Rehmann graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College and received his Medical Degree from Des Moines University. He is also a graduate of the UnityPoint Health Physician Leadership Academy and the National Institute for Program Director Development. He began his career as a Family Medicine Resident at Iowa Lutheran Hospital and served as Chief Resident before transitioning into a faculty member and practicing physician role at UnityPoint Clinic – East Des Moines Family Medicine in 2009. He has served in multiple leadership roles at UnityPoint Health including the Associate Program Director and Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency program tracks at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines and Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Medical Director of Quality and Population Health, and Interim Vice President Medical Director in Central Iowa.
Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Ramsey has served as the senior business development, marketing and planning officer with UnityPoint Health - Des Moines since 2000. Additionally, he has administrative responsibilities for physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational medicine, corporate wellness, medical transportation and the rural hospital network. Prior to this role, Ramsey held a number of management positions in the health system including executive director positions in business development and rehabilitation. Ramsey has a Master's Degree from the University of Iowa and Master's in Business Administration from Iowa State University. He is active in community non-profit organizations and is on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, the Science Center of Iowa, SafeNet Rx, the Downtown Community Alliance, Operation Downtown, the Greater Dallas County Development Alliance and is the former chair of the Executive Advisory Council for the MBA program at the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University.
Wendy Woods-Swafford, MD
Medical Officer, Blank Children's Hospital
Dr. Wendy Woods-Swafford serves as the Medical Officer for Blank Women's and Children's Services. Dr. Woods received her combined Bachelor of Liberal Arts/Medical Degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine and her Masters of Public Health from Vanderbilt University's School of Medicine. Dr. Woods practices hematology oncology in the Blank Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and actively participates in clinical research through the Children's Oncology Group. She is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Woods is the Medical Director for the Pediatric Clinical Service Group for UnityPoint Health. She serves on the Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium Board and on the Iowa-Wide Oncology Research Coalition NCORP's Board of Directors. Dr. Woods has been previously recognized with the Pediatric Teacher of the Year for Blank Children's Hospital and the Charlotte Fisk award for excellence in pediatric medicine, teaching and loyalty to the mission and quality of service at Blank Children's Hospital.
William Yost, MD
Vice President of Medical Education and Research
Dr. Yost is a native Iowan. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Iowa State University. He practiced veterinary medicine for two years before returning to medical school at the University of Iowa where he received his medical degree in 1988. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he remained an additional year as Chief Medical Resident and faculty at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine. He remained in the US Army an additional three years before resigning his commission as a Major in the US Army Medical Corps in 1995 and returning to Des Moines, Iowa, in order to practice general internal medicine and teach in the residency program at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Eventually, the Program Director of that residency, Dr. Yost holds the faculty rank of an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. He served as the Program Director of the Internal Medicine residency from 2006 until 2017. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he continues to teach. In 2015, he was named Vice President of Medical Education and Research at UnityPoint Health-Des Moines. He is currently the Chief Academic Officer and DIO at the same institution.