Kristi Olson is a proven healthcare leader with more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare administration and operations. She joined Centura Health in 2011 and has led high performing teams in physical therapy, rehabilitation and home health across our connected ecosystem.
Kristi graduated Magna Cum Laude from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as an anti-submarine warfare officer as well as an administrative officer for the National Naval Medical Center. With a passion for advancing her education, she earned her Master of Science, also Magna Cum Laude, in physical therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Kristi’s leadership nurtures the incredible work being done by the caregivers and physicians at St. Thomas More Hospital. She is an asset to the community she serves and Centura as a whole.
Laura Cardoza, BSN, MSN, MHA, JD, RN
VP, Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer
After earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN, Laura earned her MSN from University of Texas, Houston, TX. She then went on to earn her Post Graduate Degree in Health Care Administration from Texas Woman’s University, Houston, TX and her Juris Doctorate from University of Houston Law Center.
Laura began her medical career as Staff RN at Decatur County Memorial Hospital, eventually moving over to HCA, Inc., Gulf Coast Division. There she promoted to Regulatory Compliance and Education Director and eventually Nursing Director for Women’s Services, Labor and Delivery, Nursery and Mother/Baby. Laura then moved on to HMA, Inc., Chester Regional Medical Center as Chief Nursing Officer, relocating to Sierra Vista Hospital as their Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer. She came to St. Thomas More after serving as Division Director of Quality, Risk and Patient Safety at HCA Gulf Coast Division. Altogether, Laura has spent 23 years in the medical field.
Laura’s proven management and patient care experience will help her serve as an advocate for patients and staff alike, and be a valuable leader in the community.
Director of Finance
Jim has had an extensive career with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP) of Colorado. He started with the company as a Senior Accountant, working his way up to General Accounting Manager and then Director of Financial Planning. In 1999, Jim took on the role of Senior Director of Financial Services at KFHP. He remained in this role until he became Director of Financial Planning and Decision Support in 2003. Five years later, Jim received the title of Senior Director of Business Intelligence. His most recent position at KFHP was Strategy and Financial Performance Director, where he designed and implemented Business Performance Management approach for Strategy Execution.
Jim earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Economics from the University of Northern Colorado in Greely, Colorado. He also holds a CPA license and pursued professional development through a Management Development Series and Advanced Leadership Series. Jim is eager to take his extensive experience in healthcare finance to Centura and join in our mission to nurture the health of the people in our communities.
Transforming Our Culture
The face of professional medical care has significantly changed over the last decade. Our facilities have been transformed into warm and compassionate atmospheres; from the design of the rooms and lobbies to the way you are treated from the time you walk through our doors.
We believe healing includes not only the medicine and medical service you receive. We believe your level of comfort, your understanding of your diagnosis, and your treatment plan, are critical to your recovery. You spiritual needs complete the circle of healing.
To this end, the redesign of our facilities has included warmer colors, softer lighting and a more pleasant atmosphere. Our staff completes countless hours of training and education to keep current on the latest medical treatments, cultural, and customer service information. Our orientation for new associates encompasses two days of information and workshops. You are that important to us.
Our role as a "community" hospital means you are our neighbors, family and friends. We attend church with you and see you at the grocery store. It is our intent to offer you the best medical care the Centura System of hospitals can offer you. There is strength in our affiliation with the Centura network of hospitals. What services we don't have, we can offer through one of our sister hospitals.
Your feedback is important. In our lobbies are opportunities to share your compliments and complaints. You may complete a card and put it in a confidential box opened only by our Administrative staff. You can also call our complaint resolution line at 719-285-2950.
You may also contact me. As CEO and President, I am not always immediately available, however, you can leave a message with my Administrative Assistant or on my voice mail and I will return your call.
Our mission is to extend the healing ministries of Christ. That means we open our facilities to everyone needing medical attention. You are welcome here. Come heal with us.