The leadership of SCL Health includes healthcare executives with decades of experience in faith-based, nonprofit healthcare. Their experience includes working for small and large health systems, hospitals and consulting firms from across the United States. They are dedicated to fulfilling SCL Health’s strategic priorities as guided by our mission, vision and values.
Meet our System Services Executive Team
Lydia Jumonville, President and Chief Executive Officer
Lydia joined SCL Health in June 2010 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and for seven years led all financial and accounting functions, as well as supply chain and real estate for the system. She was named President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2017, after serving as interim President and CEO for five months. Prior to joining SCL Health, Lydia served in a variety of progressive financial leadership positions. She spent nearly 20 years at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas, managing all financial functions and advancing that organization’s mission. Prior to Baylor, she provided tax compliance and consulting services to clients of Arthur Anderson LLP. Lydia graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Tajquah Hudson, FACHE, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer
Tajquah Hudson, FACHE, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer, joined SCL Health in 2007. Tajquah was appointed Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development/Chief Strategy Officer in 2013, and Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer in 2018. She leads the development and implementation of SCL Health’s strategic plan and identifies and executes strategic and tactical growth initiatives to enhance long-term sustainability of the ministry. She drives continued portfolio development for the system facilitating dialogue with health systems, hospitals and potential partners. She leads the sourcing, execution and implementation of joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and other business arrangements and has financial oversight and operational responsibility for these business entities as well as real estate and construction. With more than 25 years of experience, Tajquah has held executive positions in community and academic health systems and national managed care and insurance roles.
Mark Korth, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Hospital Operations
Mark Korth joined SCL Health as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Hospital Operations in June 2019. In this role, Mark has direct responsibility for hospital operational performance, nursing, information technology, service line development and transformation, as well as the development and implementation of integrated strategic initiatives working with strategy and business development and clinical, physician and other system leaders to promote overall system alignment, support growth initiatives and advance patient care.
James P. Valin, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
J.P. Valin, MD, FACP, joined SCL Health as President of Medical Group and Provider Services in September 2016, and assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer in February 2018. As Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Valin is responsible for integrating and providing direction for all clinical activity across the continuum. All clinical programs have been aligned under Dr Valin including the Medical Group, acute care operations, Quality, Safety and Risk, and Medical Informatics to maximize Clinical Integration and Alignment, leading SCL Health’s journey to top-decile clinical performance.
In his role, Dr. Valin provides strategic and operational leadership to employed providers and Medical Group associates in each region as well as the system-level Provider Services associates and support services. He manages the full scope of the Medical Group and Provider Services division to achieve a thriving delivery structure, successful performance improvement standards, a highly attractive practice environment for providers, and improved clinical quality, population health and financial outcomes.
Dr. Valin joined SCL Health from Banner Health in Greeley, Colorado, where he served in various leadership roles for 10 years. He earned his bachelor degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. Dr. Valin is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Janie Wade, Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer
Janie joined SCL Health as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in February 2018. She leads a high-performing financial organization, providing systemwide strategic oversight and direction for finance, accounting, payroll, treasury, revenue cycle, supply chain and real estate. Most recently, Janie served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Baylor Scott and White Health, with responsibilities that included leading the revenue cycle and health information management teams for 22 wholly-owned and managed hospitals and clinics. A Certified Public Accountant, Wade holds a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Shawn Dufford, MD, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer for Acute Care Operations
Shawn Dufford, MD, MBA, joined SCL Health as Chief Medical Officer for Acute Care Operations in May 2015, after serving as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Saint Joseph Hospital since 2011. Dr. Dufford leads the health system’s quality, safety and clinical regulatory matters across the healthcare continuum, with a focus on our care site operations. At Saint Joseph Hospital, Dr. Dufford was integrally involved in the design, planning and transition to the new hospital, and also provided key clinical leadership for the joint operating agreement between Saint Joseph Hospital and National Jewish Health. Previously, Dr. Dufford served as the Medical Director of Perioperative Services for Saint Joseph and the Physician Director of Performance Improvement for Colorado Permanente Medical Group. He completed a surgery internship and anesthesia residency at the University of Colorado and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
Laura Wightman, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
Laura Wightman, MSN, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer joined SCL Health in April 2019. In her role as SCL Health Chief Nursing Officer, Laura is responsible for the overall management of patient care services across our ministry, including providing strategy, leadership direction and structures that support an environment of evidence-based nursing best practices to support quality care, patient safety and patient and family experience. As a member of the system Ministry Leadership Team, she participates in planning, organizing and implementing systemwide nursing programs and activities in accordance with our mission and values. Laura joined SCL Health from Regional Health in Rapid City, South Dakota, where she served as Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services. Prior to joining Regional Health, she served as Chief Nursing Officer for Saint Agnes Medical Center. Laura earned her doctorate of nursing practice from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. She also received both her master of science degree in nursing and her bachelor of science in nursing from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.