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.
Kevin Carroll, EdD FACHE
Vice President of Behavioral Health
Dr. Kevin Carroll joined UnityPoint Health – Des Moines in 2012 as Executive Director of Behavioral Services. Prior to joining our team, Dr. Carroll served in clinical and leadership roles at Broadlawns Medical Center and Orchard Place in Des Moines. Dr. Carroll received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Central College and advanced degrees from the University of Maryland, the University of New Hampshire and Drake University. Since joining UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, he has been instrumental in building our community partnerships and expanding services. Dr. Carroll is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Board.
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.
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.
Eric L. Lothe, FACHE
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
Lothe currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. Previously, he served as President and CEO of Health Enterprises of Iowa in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lothe has also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Skiff Medical Center in Newton, Iowa and Community Memorial Hospital in northern Iowa. Lothe received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on various boards including the Institutional Review Board, West Lakes Sleep Center Board, and Iowa Diagnostic and Imaging Board, and the Central Iowa Oncology Co-Management Board.
Chief Financial Officer
Mathews previously served as the Vice President of Finance for Mercy Health in Joplin, MO where he had responsibility for the southwest Missouri/Kansas region for that system. Prior to this role, he spent seven years in various financial and decision support roles with Mission Health System in Ascheville, NC. Tom began his career with The Christ Hospital Health Network in Cincinnati, OH. Mathews holds a Master of Health Service Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. He also received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University in Aurora, CO. He and his wife, Melissa, have three children.
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
Vice President of Surgical and Cardiovascular Services/COO - Iowa Lutheran Hospital/Methodist West Hospital COO
Mulrooney joined UnityPoint Health - Des Moines in 2005 and currently serves as the Vice President of Surgical and Cardiovascular Services. In 2018, he became the Chief Operating Officer of UnityPoint Health - Iowa Lutheran Hospital and Methodist West Hospital. Mulrooney previously served as interim CEO at Story County Medical Center and 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, serves as the Immediate Past President for ACHE of Iowa, 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.
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.
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.
Steve Stephenson, MD
President and Chief Operating Officer, Blank Children's Hospital
Dr. Steve Stephenson has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, and Methodist West. Previously, Dr. Stephenson was Executive Vice President and Medical Director at Blank Children's Hospital. He was also Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Valley Children's Hospital in Central California. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and later received his Medical Degree from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Stephenson is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of Des Moines Metro Opera Board, and is on the Iowa Poison Control Center Board. In 2005, Dr. Stephenson was awarded the Pediatrics Teacher of the Year for 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.