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Executive Leadership

Rob Jay
Chief Executive Officer

Veteran healthcare executive Rob Jay is the founding CEO of ScionHealth, having guided its launch in December 2021 following a transaction between industry-leading companies LifePoint Health and Kindred Healthcare. Before becoming CEO of ScionHealth, the Brandon, Mississippi, native served as Executive Vice President of Integrated Operations for Brentwood, Tennessee-based LifePoint, where he oversaw physician services, growth and outreach, development (mergers and acquisitions), health informatics and technology services, and revenue and network management.

Prior to LifePoint, Rob spent time at RCCH Healthcare Partners as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, eventually helping to manage its transition into LifePoint. Rob also was an integral part of the merger between RegionalCare Hospital Partners and Capella Health.

Additionally, Rob has served as Vice President of Development at Vanguard Health Systems, Controller of Health Management Associates, and Controller of St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. Rob holds a bachelor’s degree in professional accountancy from Mississippi State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Millsaps College.

Rob’s history of working through multiple, complex mergers makes him the ideal leader to create a strong foundation for ScionHealth. His leadership of the company will be guided by his deep operational expertise; successful track record for managing organizational change; propensity for developing strong teams; commitment to fostering diversity; and focus on driving growth.

Rob formed and leads a founding executive leadership team at ScionHealth that is made up of proven leaders who came over from either LifePoint or Louisville, Kentucky-based Kindred and who, through their industry experience and institutional knowledge of the legacy companies, have positioned the new enterprise to hit the ground running.

Brian Walton
Executive Vice President of Integrated Operations

Brian is a veteran healthcare executive with a demonstrated record of driving strong operating performance, improving productivity through process improvements, and finding creative solutions in response to an ever-changing industry landscape. In his role with ScionHealth, Brian manages supply chain operations, revenue cycle, health information management (HIM), clinical documentation improvement, construction and facilities, enterprise analytics and information technology.

Brian came to ScionHealth from Ardent Health Services where he most recently served as Chief of Corporate Operations, overseeing financial operations for a system comprised of 30 hospitals with more than 1,200 employed providers and $4.7 billion of net revenue. Brian holds undergraduate degrees from New Mexico State University, and an MBA from Texas Tech University’s Rawls College of Business.

Joel Day
Chief Financial Officer

Joel Day became the first CFO at ScionHealth upon its launch in December 2021, after holding the same position at Kindred Healthcare for a year prior. In all, he served nearly three decades at Kindred, including as Senior Vice President and Operations CFO. He led high-level strategic finance work for Kindred and has extensive experience aligning operational finance strategies within divisions. At ScionHealth, he oversees financial operations, planning and analysis, as well as information technology and the supply chain.

Doug Curnutte
Chief Development Officer

Doug Curnutte joined ScionHealth at its launch in December 2021 after previously serving as Chief Development Officer at Kindred Healthcare. Doug was a key leader in corporate development at Kindred after joining the company in 1994, responsible for mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and construction activity within each of Kindred’s business units. Doug earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky.

Dean French, MD, CPPS
Chief Medical Officer

As executive vice president and chief medical officer for ScionHealth, Dr. Dean French provides strategic leadership while overseeing the company’s physician, clinical and quality strategies, with the goal of helping establish a lasting legacy of strong, compassionate clinical and physician leadership. Dr. French is an experienced physician executive − having previously served as Chief Medical Officer for multiple hospitals − and also has a long track record of operational and financial success as a hospital CEO.

Most recently, Dr. French served as the CEO of Northwestern Medical Center in Saint Albans, Vermont, and was previously the CEO of Community Medical Center in Missoula, Montana, and of Canyon Vista Medical Center in Sierra Vista, Arizona. During his nearly 20 years of medical leadership and extensive C-suite experience, he has demonstrated an ability to pursue innovative quality and clinical improvements in order to exceed the expectations of patients, business partners, payors and the communities the hospitals serve.

Dr. French has served as a board member in a variety of organizations, including the Vermont Association of Hospitals, OneCare Vermont (all-payer ACO) and the Missoula Economic Partnership. In addition to his distinguished career as a strong physician leader, Dr. French proudly and honorably served our nation in the U.S. Army Special Forces (Airborne) in both active and reserve duty for nearly nine years. During his service, he earned numerous service awards and distinctions including the Meritorious Service Medal Army Commendation Medal. Dr. French earned a medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology with honors from the University of Arizona.

Danny Brywczynski
President, Specialty Hospitals

Highly experienced in strategic planning and enhancing operations in healthcare systems, Danny Brywczynski joined ScionHealth at the time of its launch in December 2021. He leads the operation of our 61 Specialty Hospitals as well as a broad range of operational areas, including managed care and value-based care; integration, strategy and innovation; and the physician enterprise.

Danny came to ScionHealth after serving at LifePoint Health as Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, and prior to that, Vice President of Integration. He was instrumental in the successful merger of LifePoint Health and RCCH HealthCare Partners, and previously was Vice President and Chief of Staff for RCCH. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and finance from Wittenberg University.

Robert Wampler
President, Community Hospitals

Robert Wampler presides over ScionHealth’s national network of community-based short-term acute care hospitals that were formerly part of LifePoint Health. When ScionHealth launched in December 2021, this network consisted of 18 hospitals in 11 states. Robert came to ScionHealth with extensive leadership experience with these kinds of comprehensive acute-care facilities, having served as President of LifePoint’s Mountain Division, with operational oversight of hospitals in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. He previously was Interim President of LifePoint’s Western Division. Prior to LifePoint, he served as Senior VP - Division President for RCCH Healthcare Partners. His bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting, is from East Tennessee State University.

Lisa Estrada
General Counsel

Lisa Estrada became ScionHealth’s top legal counsel upon the company’s launch in December 2021. Prior to that, she served nearly two years as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at LifePoint Health, where she led an ethics and compliance team that was responsible for driving a culture focused on ethical business practices and compliance with laws and regulations. Prior to LifePoint, Lisa served as Senior VP and Chief Compliance Officer for Fresenius Medical Care North America. Before that, she was a partner at the law firms of Foley & Lardner LLP and Arent Fox LLP. Lisa is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law and earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.