HonorHealth leadership

Todd LaPorte - CEO, HonorHealth

Todd LaPorte - CEO, HonorHealth

With more than 35 years of diverse healthcare experience, Todd LaPorte leads an integrated health system with six acute-care hospitals, numerous outpatient facilities, a research institute, and various community services impacting social determinants of health and military preparedness.

HonorHealth is Arizona’s seventh largest employer, with a presence throughout much of the growing Phoenix metropolitan area.

Since joining HonorHealth in 2001, Todd has held executive roles in which he focused on financial and strategic leadership. He has shaped a system with many access points to provide convenient, high quality care for patients, and with an ability to coordinate care efficiently and effectively. HonorHealth governs with its medical staff one of the country’s highest performing ACOs in the country.

For most of his twenty years at HonorHealth, Todd served as the CFO. In April 2017, he became the 10th CEO in more than 150 years of its legacy firm history.

Before joining HonorHealth, Todd held senior management roles for an international CPA firm that served Arizona healthcare clients, as well as clients in high-tech manufacturing and consumer services. He was also the CFO of a privately held healthcare company that served more than a half million Arizonans.

Todd is the current board chair for the Health System Alliance of Arizona, an association of the five largest healthcare systems throughout the State. He is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership (a CEO advocacy group) and is a board member of Experience Scottsdale (a visitor’s bureau). He speaks frequently to Arizona State University MBA classes and community service organizations throughout the Valley of the Sun.

Todd was named CFO of the Year by the Arizona chapter of the Financial Executives International in 2012 and was recognized by Becker's Hospital Review as one of the "125 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know" in 2013.

Todd has served as board chair for a chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the nationally acclaimed Scottsdale Aquatic Club and the Paradise Valley School District’s supporting Foundation for Public Education.

He holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Arizona State University. His four daughters all swam competitively at four different D-1 schools, so his college sweatshirt collection is quite confusing.

John Neil, MD, MMM - EVP, Chief physician executive and network strategy officer

John Neil, MD -  Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy & Network Development Officer

As the chief physician executive, John Neil, MD, brings leadership experience, an understanding of the changing local and national healthcare environment, and sensitivity to the complexities and challenges of medical practice that are unique to HonorHealth.

Dr. Neil, a highly regarded interventional radiologist, drives physician engagement throughout HonorHealth, working to ensure that physicians have input and involvement in the decision-making processes of the healthcare system. His work with clinical teams focuses on strategic initiatives, operations, clinical services and the continuum of patient care.

He joined HonorHealth as the senior physician leader in 2015 and he has held leadership roles with the organization's medical staff, Scottsdale Health Partners and the HonorHealth Board of Directors. His professional experience includes serving as the chairman of Southwest Medical Imaging, a large radiology practice that has been active in ambulatory development, practice mergers and joint ventures.

He is board-certified with the American Board of Radiology with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

Dr. Neil holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Kansas and graduated with honors from Washington University School of Medicine.

Kim Post - Executive vice president, chief operations officer

Kim Post - Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer

With both clinical and business expertise, Kim Post, DNP, MBA, RN, fosters a sense of collaboration among the healthcare team in an environment focused on clinical quality, safety and an exceptional patient experience.

Kim's strong collaborative skills with the healthcare team enhance the organization’s ability to work toward the common goal of exceptional patient care in partnership with HonorHealth physicians.

Kim joined then-named Scottsdale Memorial Hospital in 1991 as a staff nurse and has worked her way up through the growing HonorHealth organization to her current position.

She completed her doctorate in nursing practice at Case Western Reserve University, an executive fellowship at the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania and an MBA at the University of Phoenix.

Paul Briggs – Senior vice president, chief financial officer

Paul Briggs

Paul Briggs focuses on HonorHealth finances, which includes financial planning, budgeting, financial risk management and treasury services. His purpose is to ensure HonorHealth has sufficient financial resources to support exceptional patient care and help improve the health and well-being of those served by HonorHealth. In addition to the financial and accounting functions, Paul oversees patient financial services, supply chain, real estate, insurance contracting and construction management.

With more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, Paul has an extensive background in financial and operational leadership roles with hospital systems, health plans and medical groups.  Before joining HonorHealth he served as the chief financial officer and chief operating officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services based in New Mexico. Paul also served in senior financial and operational roles for the Carondelet Health System in St. Louis, MO, the Greenville Hospital System in South Carolina and Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound in Washington State. He worked in public accounting before finding his home in healthcare.

Paul is a Certified Public Accountant and has served on various business, industry and community boards.

He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in accountancy from Brigham Young University.  

Wayne Frangesch – Senior vice president, chief human resources officer

Wayne Frangesch – Senior vice president, chief human resources officer

Wayne Frangesch leads talent acquisition, retention, employee development, benefits/compensation, employee relations and people strategy for HonorHealth employees and physicians.

His focus is to attract, engage and keep a talented workforce to provide the best patient care and support of patient care. Wayne has more than 20 years of human resources experience in the healthcare industry, including UW Health and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, both based in the state of Wisconsin. His experiences have focused on aligning the HR strategies and priorities with the operational needs of the organization through continuous focus on strategic planning, staff and leadership development, labor productivity and efficiency, and process improvement.

Wayne holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in human resources and labor economics, and a master’s degree in economics, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Shannon Fox Fraser - Senior vice president and general counsel

David Damore

Shannon Fox Fraser, is senior vice president and general counsel for HonorHealth, where she has served as an in-house attorney since 2015. Shannon also serves as secretary of the HonorHealth Board of Directors.

In her role, Shannon oversees the full range of legal and business issues facing an integrated healthcare system, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic initiatives, risk management, and labor and employment. She also oversees issues related to the medical staff, managed care, privacy and compliance, corporate transactions, contracting, intellectual property, litigation, and regulatory and accreditation matters.

Before joining HonorHealth, Shannon worked for more than 15 years in the Chicago area as in-house counsel at Edward Health Services Corp. She also worked at Edward-Elmhurst Health, where she served in legal and compliance-related capacities, including chief privacy officer.

She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys.

Shannon received her joint juris doctorate and master's in business administration degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law - Illinois Institute of Technology, and her bachelor's degree from Illinois State University.

Jared Langkilde - President and CEO, HonorHealth Foundation

Jared Langkilde, President and CEO of HonorHealth Foundation

Jared Langkilde leads the philanthropic and fundraising efforts for HonorHealth Foundation, directly supporting the breakthrough research and compassionate care offered throughout HonorHealth's network of patient services and community programs.

Before joining the HonorHealth Foundation, Jared served as executive director of Development and Community Relations at Mesa Community College where he successfully built and led its comprehensive fundraising division.

Jared serves as Chairman of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Board of Directors. For the city of Mesa, he served as a board member for the Economic Development Board, the Planning and Zoning Board and the Board of Adjustments. He also has served on the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce/International Commerce Committee.

He earned his master's degree from Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business, a bachelor's degree from the University of Phoenix and an associate's degree from Mesa Community College.

Stephanie Jackson, MD - Senior vice president, chief clinical value officer

Stephanie Jackson, MD - Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical Value Officer

An accomplished physician and leader, Stephanie Jackson, MD, FHM, focuses on patient safety and quality to ensure the best care is delivered to every patient, every time at HonorHealth. She leads a team of chief medical officers as well as patient safety, infection prevention, regulatory and quality professionals and the clinical analytics division.

Dr. Jackson joined HonorHealth in 2015. Her prior leadership experience includes serving as the system patient safety officer at PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit Catholic health system with operations in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. There, she led efforts to eliminate healthcare-associated harm with a focus on quality and process improvement, analytics and infection prevention.

Dr. Jackson has more than 20 years of clinical experience, including serving as the lead hospitalist for the Oregon Medical Group, a multi-specialty, physician-owned group with more than 100 providers and 13 locations in Eugene, Oregon. Before becoming a hospitalist, Dr. Jackson was an internist with a focus on diabetes care in Billings, Montana.

Dr. Jackson graduated with a bachelor's degree in cell biology/biochemistry from Cornell University and earned her MD from Washington University School of Medicine. She is board certified in internal medicine.

Jim Whitfill, MD - Senior vice president, chief transformation officer

Jim Whitfill, MD - Senior Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer

As Chief Transformation Officer, Jim Whitfill, MD, brings leadership expertise in healthcare, organizational culture, and information technology to promote a customer-centric experience and offer new ways to deliver more complete, coordinated and accessible care. He brings together data, technology and marketing to advance technical innovations, such as call center technology, CRM systems, apps and digital tools, to give both the customer and caregivers an enhanced approach to care.

By focusing the efforts of these business areas and finding the right digital tools, Dr. Whitfill aims to improve the customer journey so that it becomes more seamless and focused on the needs of the individual. The goal is to transform the organization into a more patient focused and provider friendly health system which better serves the surrounding community.

Before joining HonorHealth, Dr. Whitfill served as chief medical officer for Innovation Care Partners, a clinically integrated network in Phoenix. He also serves as a clinical associate professor in the departments of Internal Medicine and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

Dr. Whitfill previously held or holds advisory board responsibilities at GE Healthcare, Philips Healthcare, IDX and KLAS. In July 2018, he began his term as the board chair of the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine and is a regular faculty member for the Radiology Society of North America and the American College of Radiology. He is a founding member of the HIMSS-SIIM community for Enterprise Imaging.

Dr. Whitfill received his BA from Princeton University and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania. He trained in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he also completed a fellowship in medical informatics.

Richard Silver, MD - Senior vice president, senior strategic advisor

Rich Silver, MD - Senior Vice President, CEO Population Health & Chief Strategy Officer

Richard Silver, MD, leads HonorHealth's organizational focus on developing an integrated network to improve the health and well-being of the community.

He partners with physicians, community resources and patients to proactively provide and create access to care and services through HonorHealth's hospitals, primary care and specialty care locations, and other services.

Dr. Silver joined the organization in December 2008, serving initially as director of the employed hospitalist program at HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center before being named chief medical officer of Scottsdale Healthcare Medical Group.

He is originally from Philadelphia, where he was the president and founder of Prime Health Network, a 21-physician private practice, and chairman of the board of Renaissance, a physician-owned disease management company in which Prime Health participated.

He was trained at Thomas Jefferson University and is board-certified in internal medicine with added qualifications in geriatrics.

Gary Baker - Senior vice president, hospital operations

Gary Baker

Gary leads all six of HonorHealth’s medical centers: Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, John C. Lincoln Medical Center, Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center, Deer Valley Medical Center and Sonoran Crossing Medical Center.

Gary led the cancer services partnership and the formation of the HonorHealth Virginia G. Piper Cancer Care Network. Before joining the organization in 1989, he worked at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago as the clinical manager in the Pharmacy Department.

He has served as a board member and board chairman for the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, and as a board member for the Scottsdale Captive Insurance company. Gary is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Gary earned both his bachelor's degree in pharmacy and master's degree from the University of Illinois. He has completed a post-graduate residency at the University of Illinois Hospital.

David Price - Senior vice president, ambulatory operations and business development

David Price

David Price, MHA, MBA, oversees HonorHealth’s ambulatory growth initiatives, including oversight of ambulatory offerings, joint venture partnerships and service lines. 

He joined HonorHealth in June 2011 as vice president, Clinical and Support Services at Deer Valley Medical Center, and he most recently served as CEO of Scottsdale Thompson Peak, Deer Valley and Sonoran Crossing medical centers.

David is an energetic, visible, results-driven healthcare executive with a proven track record of optimizing performance by developing collaborative and engaged high-performing teams. During his 25-year career, he has been part of major growth and expansion projects to expand healthcare services for the community.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Brigham Young University, and two master's degrees in healthcare administration and business administration, both from the University of Minnesota. David and his wife April have four children.

Deedra Zabokrtsky, DNP, RN, NEA-BC - Network chief nurse executive

Deedra Zabokrtsky, DNP, RN, NEA-BC - Network chief nurse executive

Deedra Zabokrtsky, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is network chief nurse executive for HonorHealth. In 2019, she retired from the United States Air Force and joined the HonorHealth team. During her thirty-two years of military service, she held progressively challenging clinical leadership positions, culminating as the Director of Air Force nursing services at Headquarters, U.S. Air Force in Washington D.C.

As Network Chief Nurse Executive, Deedra utilizes a collaborative leadership strategy to promote a safe, quality care experience for patients and staff. She brings a passion for practice and leadership development to her role, and is committed to multi-disciplinary solutions that engage and empower teams at every level.

Deedra is Nurse Executive board certified, advanced. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Washington State University, a Master’s degree in nursing education from the University of Oklahoma, and a Doctorate in nursing practice from Capella University.