Ascension Seton announces key leadership changes


New chief medical, nursing and financial officers named for Ascension’s Texas market

Ascension Seton announces three new leadership changes. On August 14, David Martin, MD, assumed the position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO); and Yvonne VanDyke, MSN, RN, assumed the position of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Ascension’s Texas market. In June, Ascension Seton named Robert “Scott” Herndon, FACHE, as its new chief financial officer of the Texas health system.

Ascension’s Texas market is comprised of Ascension Seton in Austin and Providence Healthcare Network in Waco. Ascension is the largest Catholic and nonprofit health care organization in the U.S.

The CMO and CNO will partner as a dyad, a structure designed to achieve Ascension’s quadruple aim of delivering high-quality care with better patient and provider experiences at a lower overall cost of care. Martin will also lead service line development and implementation across Ascension’s Texas-based health system.

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An experienced healthcare executive, Scott Herndon will provide strategic financial counsel to Ascension’s Texas market, oversee financial operations, and continue the integration of the finance team from Ascension Seton and Providence Healthcare Network.

Yvonne-VanDyke-2014 - 400 x 600About Yvonne VanDyke, MSN, RN, Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow

Yvonne VanDyke is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for clinical education, nursing research and nursing resources. She oversees quality and patient-centered care initiatives in collaboration with physicians and other members of executive and interprofessional teams. She will ensure continuity and consistency of nursing care across Ascension’s Texas market.

VanDyke has had many years of executive leadership in academia and health care. She joined Ascension Seton in 2006 after more than 20 years in academia at Austin Community College.

Her Ascension Seton achievements include:

  • Strategically led nursing, diagnostic, therapeutic, and pharmacy services for Ascension Seton.
  • Developed a system-wide nursing education and professional development structure.
  • Implemented Seton’s RN Residency program in 2008 and achieving an average RN resident retention rate of 91% in year one and 75% in year two.
  • Established the Clinical Education Center, an interprofessional clinical skills and simulation center.

VanDyke is a member of several professional nursing organizations and is active in the community. She holds positions on several Boards, including Goodwill Industries of Central Texas and Cedar Park Regional Medical Center.

She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from Prairie View A&M University and her Masters of Science in Nursing degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

David Martin 400 x 600About David Martin, MD

David Martin has served as chief medical officer of Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA) since December 2013 and as chief medical officer of Ascension Seton Southwest (SSW) since August 2015. Prior to joining Ascension Seton, he worked for St. David’s Healthcare in Round Rock and Georgetown for seven years. He brings a passion for patient safety and a history of extensive accomplishments.

Examples of his Ascension Seton leadership contributions include:

  • Developed a concurrent review model for SMCA in partnership with the quality director, which resulted in 100% core measures compliance for six consecutive months and year-over-year decrease in Harm Across the Board.
  • Reorganized the SMCA Surgical Services team and improved operational efficiency, resulting in provider and associate satisfaction and year over year surgical volume improvements.
  • Strategically implemented incremental robotic technology and achieved over 40% year-over-year growth in robotic surgery.
  • Created value structures, including the operative surgical home to improve quality of care while reducing unnecessary cost.
  • Formed new, robust and sustainable partnerships with provider groups and medical staff.

Martin and his wife, Cynthia, have five children and he enjoys running, golf and reading books on various subjects. Before earning his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, he earned his doctorate of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, and his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York.

During a U.S. Army career that extended to 2001, he rose to positions that included chief of the six-surgeon General Surgery Service at Fort Hood’s Darnall Army Community Hospital, as well as trauma director at the hospital, and commander of the 20-member 126th Forward Surgical Team at Fort Hood. From 1996 to 1997, he was deputy commander of clinical service for the Combat Service Hospital in Tuzla, Bosnia.

Scott Herndon highres imageAbout Scott Herndon

Scott Herndon returns to Texas after almost five years leading financial operations and strategies at HCA medical centers in Florida. He most recently served as CFO for Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami. While there he led the executive team in developing strategic plans and commercial volume increases. His achievements include securing capital for more than $127 million in facility improvements. In addition, he collaborated in the start of graduate medical education, helped secure Level I trauma status, and led performance improvement initiatives.

Prior to his move to Florida, Herndon served in finance positions of increasing responsibility at Baptist Health System in Alabama, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, and John Peter Smith Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas.

A certified public accountant, Herndon holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Tom Gallagher, Texas market executive vice president of administration and president of Seton’s joint ventures and alliances, who has served as acting chief financial officer for Ascension’s Texas market since November 1, 2015, will resume his focus on joint ventures and alliances.