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State Question 802 – Where We Go From Here
Panel: Jay Johnson Terri White
Jay Johnson is President and CEO of DRH Health. DRH Health consists of Duncan Regional Hospital in Stephens County, Jefferson County Hospital in Jefferson County and 20 clinics serving Stephens, Jefferson, Cotton, Comanche and Grady counties with 1,100 employees.
Jay received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1990 from Cameron University in Lawton, and he earned his Master of Health Administration degree in 1994 from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. He began his career at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas followed by nine years at Stillwater Medical Center and five years at Mercy Hospital-Ardmore.
In August 2010, Jay began serving as the President and CEO of Duncan Regional Hospital (DRH). Under his leadership, DRH Health has grown from $96 million in net revenue in 2010 to $159 million in 2020. During his tenure, DRH has become known for high levels of patient satisfaction, and the organization has expanded by adding Jefferson County Hospital with clinics in ten communities in Southwest Oklahoma. New services include adding full time programs in cardiology, psychiatry and pulmonology/critical care.
Professionally, Jay is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and currently serves as the board chair of the Oklahoma Hospital Association and the board chair for the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma. He is the past chair for Vizient’s Arkansas/Oklahoma region and also a past delegate of Region 7 (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas) for the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board. In 2019 he was named the Duncan Man of the Year by the Duncan Chamber of Commerce, and in 2015 he was named Outstanding Alumni for Cameron University. He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma class 29, Leadership Duncan class 16 and Leadership Stillwater class 11.
Locally, Jay serves on the board of the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Duncan Rotary Club. He is the past chair of the Duncan Public Schools Foundation and the past chair of the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation.
Personally, he’s married to Sarah Hill Johnson. They have twin boys, Ben and Nick, in the twelfth grade at Duncan High School.
Terri White joined Mental Health Association Oklahoma as Chief Executive Officer in August 2020. Under her direction, the Association continues to expand the reach of its innovative programs and services designed to serve Oklahomans, and their loved ones, affected by mental illness, homelessness, substance use and justice involvement.
As Oklahoma’s premiere boots-on-the-ground nonprofit serving this population, the Association provides approximately 30,000 Oklahomans a year with life-saving services when they need it the most via an annual budget of just under $20 million.
White is the former commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS). She served as commissioner from May 2007 to February 2020. She also was the first woman to serve as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Health, holding that post under then-Governor Brad Henry from 2009 to 2011.
Because of her leadership, ODMHSAS became nationally known for children’s behavioral health services; community-based treatment programs for adults; technological innovations such as “telepsychiatry;” and the integration of behavioral health care into primary healthcare settings. White is a three-time honoree of The Journal Record’s “50 Women Making a Difference.” In 2017, she was named “Compassionate Citizen of the Year” by the Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled. Also in 2017, the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences awarded her its Distinguished Alumnus honor.
Patti Davis has been president of the Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) since September 2018. She came to OHA from OU Medicine, where she served as senior vice president of external affairs, and prior to that, senior vice president of strategy and business development beginning in 2013. She was executive vice president at the OHA from 2001 to 2013, where she coordinated operations and special projects and led advocacy efforts on state and federal issues. She was OHA vice president, government relations from 1996 to 2001.
Before joining the OHA staff in 1996, Davis was CEO of Carnegie Tri-County Municipal Hospital. While in Carnegie, Davis served as chairman of the OHA board of directors and received the association’s highest award, the W. Cleveland Rodgers Distinguished Service Award.
Davis has also served on the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma board, the Medical Advisory Committee of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, and the Trauma Advisory Council for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Ms. Davis is currently serving on the Oklahoma State Chamber Board.
She holds a Bachelor of Political Science degree and a Master of Legal Studies in Healthcare Law degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Davis is also a member of Downtown Rotary Club 29 and a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, Class XIII. She is a resident of Norman, Okla.