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Hospital Leadership

Hugh Tappan
President and chief executive officer
Wesley Medical Center

Hugh Tappan is the president and chief executive officer of Wesley Medical Center and the Wesley family of campuses, where his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills have helped him lead the hospital through unprecedented changes in the healthcare industry while never wavering in his focus on patient satisfaction and quality.

Prior to joining Wesley, Tappan worked for two years as chief operating officer at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver. He also previously served as the CEO of Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital in Georgia.

Tappan graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance, and he received a Master’s degree in business administration and a Master’s degree in health administration from the University of North Florida.

Tappan was recognized as a member of the Wichita Business Journal’s Forty under 40 class in 2008, and he represents Wesley on the Executive Committee of the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education. He also serves on the Kansas Hospital Association board of directors.

He and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children, three sons and a daughter.

Steve Edgar
Chief executive officer
Galichia Heart Hospital

Steve Edgar is the chief executive officer at Galichia Heart Hospital, and he also has market responsibilities for cardiology in Wichita. He has been involved in healthcare clinically and administratively for more than 25 years.

Prior to joining Galichia, Edgar was the chief operating officer of Wesley Medical Center. He has also worked with HCA hospitals within the Mid-America Division both clinically and in departmental leadership capacities.

Edgar is an alumnus of the HCA COO Development Program. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy. Edgar is licensed in Kansas and Missouri for physical therapy, and he has helped develop several outpatient rehabilitation centers.

He and his wife, Lynne, have two children, a son and a daughter.

Bill Voloch
Chief operations officer
Wesley Medical Center

Bill Voloch is the chief operating officer at Wesley Medical Center. He is an innovative leader with more than 14 years of experience in hospital management.

Prior to joining Wesley, Voloch served as the chief financial officer at the Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado. Prior to joining HCA, he was employed at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago.

Voloch graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, and he and received his Master’s degree in business administration from Regis University.

Voloch has volunteered with the Rotary Club, as a Cub Scout den leader and by working with the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

He and his wife, Juli, have five children, three sons and two daughters.

Matt Leary
Chief financial officer
Wesley Medical Center

Matt Leary is the chief financial officer at Wesley Medical Center. Prior to joining Wesley, he held that same position at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Missouri. Since 1990, he has worked as an executive director and chief executive officer at various healthcare facilities.

Leary graduated from St. Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting.

Leary currently serves as a board member of Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Wichita Health Information Exchange. He was selected by Wichita Business Journal to receive a CFO Award in 2013 for his business acumen and success.

He and his wife, Jill, have two children, a son and a daughter.

Dr. Francie Ekengren
Chief medical officer
Wesley Medical Center

Dr. Francie Ekengren, MD, is the chief medical officer at Wesley Medical Center, a role she has held since 1999. For more 20 years, she has also worked as an emergency department physician with Emergency Services, PA.

She is also the president and chief executive officer of Mid-Kansas Wound Specialists, which is based at Wesley.

Dr. Ekengren received her medical education from University of Kansas School of Medicine. She returned to Wichita and completed her medical residency in family practice at Wesley through the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita.

She has received the Kansas Health Ethics Award and HCA Frist Humanitarian Award. She has provided a number of educational presentations to professional and community audiences.

Dr. Ekengren’s community activities have included serving as a volunteer physician at Good Samaritan Clinic, an elder at Grace Presbyterian Church, a medical missionary volunteer in the Dominican Republic and a participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure as a survivor.

She and her husband, Dr. Hugh Ekengren, have three children, two sons and a daughter.

Tripp Owings
Vice president of pediatric operations and Wichita business development
Wesley Family of Campuses

Tripp Owings is the vice president of pediatric operations and Wichita business development for the Wesley family. He began his career with HCA, working in operations project management and decision support analyst roles. He also previously worked as a senior cost accountant with WellStar Health System and as an associate vice president at Morgan Keegan & Company.

Owings graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance, and he received his Master’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University.

Owings is involved with the development and leadership of the Wichita Young Professionals.

He and his wife, Tijen, have two children, both sons.

Nikki Freeman
Vice president for human resources
Wesley Family of Campuses

Nikki Freeman is the vice president for human resources for the Wesley family of campuses. Prior to this role, she served as Wesley’s employment and employee relations manager and then its director of human resources.

Freeman graduated from Friends University with a Bachelor of Science degree in human resource management, and she returned to Friends to receive a Master’s degree in organizational development.

In 2013, Freeman was recognized as a Human Resource Professionals honoree by the Wichita Business Journal. She has served on the board of directors for Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas since 2006.

She and her husband, Steve, have a son.

Nick Adams
Vice president for marketing and public relations
Wesley Family of Campuses

Nick Adams is the vice president of marketing and public relations for the Wesley family of campuses. He is a healthcare marketing professional with more than 15 years of experience in marketing communications, public relations and journalism.

Prior to this position, Adams served as executive director of marketing communications for Wellmont Health System.

Adams graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He has a Master’s degree in business administration from Milligan College.

Adams was named a recipient of the Business Journal of the Tri-Cities’ Forty Under 40 award, and his work has also earned multiple accolades, including a Mid-South Emmy nomination. He is active in the United Way and serves as a board member for March of Dimes.

He and his wife, Chelsea, have two children, both daughters.

Troy Biggs
Vice president and controller
Galichia Heart Hospital

A licensed certified public accountant, Troy Biggs is the vice president and controller of Galichia Heart Hospital. Prior to joining Galichia, he worked as the chief financial officer for Hunter Health Clinic and Grene Vision Group.

Biggs graduated from the University of Kansas and received dual Bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business administration.

Biggs has served on the boards of directors of The Lord’s Diner, Make-a-Wish Foundation and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Topeka. Biggs was recognized in the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty class of 2010.

He and his wife, Jenny, have two children, a son and a daughter.

Kevin Fitzpatrick
Assistant chief nursing officer - surgical services
Wesley Medical Center

Kevin Fitzpatrick is the assistant chief nursing officer - surgical services at Wesley Medical Center. He has more than 35 years of healthcare experience, with the majority of that time spent in surgical services.

Fitzpatrick graduated from University of Texas-San Antonio with a Bachelor’s degree of business administration in accounting and business data systems. He received a diploma of nursing from the Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of The Incarnate Word. He then earned a Master’s degree in business administration from Our Lady of The Lake University.

He is actively involved with the Sedgwick County Medical Society and various patient safety initiatives.

He and his wife, Cindy, have two grown children, a son and a daughter.

Laura Stofferson
Associate chief nursing officer
Galichia Heart Hospital

Laura Stofferson is the associate chief nursing officer for Galichia Heart Hospital. A certified critical care registered nurse, Stofferson has more than 30 years of nursing experience. She has also served as a legal nurse consultant.

Stofferson received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Fort Hays State University. She received her Master’s degree in nursing from Regis University.

She and her husband, Terry, have three children and three grandchildren.

Phyllis Williams
Associate chief nursing officer
Wesley Medical Center

Phyllis Williams is the associate chief nursing officer at Wesley Medical Center. She has more than 20 years of nursing experience, serving in many roles from staff nurse to chief executive officer at healthcare facilities in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Williams graduated from St. Mary of the Plains College with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She has a Master’s degree in business administration from Southwestern University.

Williams is a nurse and patient advocate who promotes higher education for nurses and encourages patient involvement when developing plans of care. She is active in volunteering with Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

She and her husband have three children and a grandchild.

Mary Neely
Wesley Medical Center Controller
Wesley Medical Center