Administration at Touro

Meet our executive leadership team

Manuel Linares, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Manuel Linares, CEO

Manuel “Manny” Linares is an accomplished healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience. Before joining Touro as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Manny served as Market Chief Executive Officer for Tenet Healthcare Corporation in Florida.

Manny has served in several leadership roles during his tenure and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in strategic planning, compliance regulations, improving operational efficiency and increasing market share. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Health Services Administration from Florida International University in Miami Florida.

My 'little something extra' is: I am a foodie.

Brad Sinclair, CPA, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Brad is an experienced and strategic Chief Financial Officer with more than 17 years of progressive management and leadership experience working in hospitals and health systems including for-profit, not-for-profit and academic medical centers. Brad is a Mississippi native who served as Health System Chief Financial Officer for The University of Mississippi Medical Center before relocating to Ohio where he most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for Lima Memorial Health System. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Banking and Finance, and a Master’s in Professional Accounting.

My 'little something extra' is: My positive disposition.

Stephen Baldwin, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Stephen Baldwin, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Stephen oversees multiple departments including Radiology, Pharmacy, Laboratory, the Imaging Center, and the Ambulatory Surgical Center. He came to Touro Infirmary after spending 14 years working at Tulane Medical Center/HCA, including the last nine years in senior management roles. Most recently at Tulane, Stephen held the position of Senior Vice President of Clinic Operations. He has also held previous positions over hospital operations and the cancer program. Additionally, Stephen worked to rebuild Tulane after heavy flooding from Hurricane Katrina. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from LSU and a Masters in Health Administration from Tulane University.

My 'little something extra' is: I avoid meetings.

Dr. Jeffrey Coco, Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Dr. Jeffery Coco, Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Dr. Jeffery Coco has been a member of Touro’s medical staff in Infectious Diseases since 1995 and currently serves as the President of the Medical Staff. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, he served as the Chief of Staff at Methodist Hospital in New Orleans East and as the Medical Director of HealthSouth Specialty Hospital. Dr. Coco attended Louisiana State University for undergraduate school and medical school. He completed his residency, internship, and fellowship at Ochsner Clinic Foundation. As Touro’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Coco serves as a liaison to the medical staff and the Medical Executive Committee. He also has oversight of medical staff quality, peer review, graduate medical education, and continuing medical education.

My 'little something extra' is: Love for tennis and golf.

Patricia Rosenberg, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer

Patricia Rosenberg, RN, MSN, is an accomplished Chief Nursing Officer with more than 20 years of executive healthcare leadership experience. Serving on the executive teams at hospitals and health systems across the country, Patricia has achieved continuous quality improvement, implementation of evidenced based nursing research and practice standards. Before joining Touro, Patricia served as Chief Nursing Officer for two Florida-based hospitals within Tenet Healthcare, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and Florida Medical Center. Patricia earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University in Michigan. Patricia has received numerous recognitions and accolades from Healthcare Organizations, including national recognition from Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the Top 68 African American Leaders in Healthcare in 2019.

My "little something extra" is: I'm an equal opportunity hugger!

Greg Barker, Vice President of Operations

Greg Barker, Vice President of Operations

As VP of Operations, Greg manages a variety of areas including purchasing, security, environmental services, laundry services, materials management, dietary, and other ancillary patient service departments. Prior to joining Touro, in his more than 20 year career, Greg has worked for both for-profit and non-profit hospitals, such as UnitedHealthcare. He was also an consultant for Reden & Anders, a UnitedHealth subsidiary. Most recently, Greg worked for Tenet Healthcare in North Carolina. Greg’s experience includes serving as Director of Business Development and Assistant Administrator, where he was responsible for service line planning, physician recruitment and relationships, program development, operations and regulatory activities. Greg earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Alabama, an MBA from the University of Mobile and a Master’s of Science Health Care Management (MSHCM) from the University of New Orleans. He served in the United States Coast Guard as a reservist.

My 'little something extra' is: Being Mr. Happy

Donna Stephens, Vice President, Quality, Risk Management and Infection Prevention

Donna Stephens, Associate Vice President, Quality, Risk Management and Infection Prevention

Donna has over 35 years of nursing experience and has spent the last 25 years in the areas of quality, accreditation, risk management, patient safety and infection prevention. Donna received her BSN as well as her MSN in Health Care Administration from the University of Delaware. She currently maintains specialty certifications in quality, risk management and patient safety. Donna was previously employed at Tulane Medical Center as the Vice President of Quality and prior to that, spent 16 years as the Administrative Director of Quality at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, NJ.

My 'little something extra' is: I'm a Doodle mom.

Gretchen Penton, Vice President of Crescent City Physicians, Inc.

Gretchen Penton, Vice President of Crescent City Physicians, Inc.

As Vice President, Gretchen provides executive leadership and operational expertise to Crescent City Physicians, Inc., a subsidiary of Touro Infirmary. Crescent City Physicians has over 70 employed providers representing a wide variety of specialties. Gretchen has served in various administrative positions within multiple hospitals and practices throughout Louisiana, Florida and Texas. Gretchen’s extensive background includes physician contracting, strategic planning and business development. Gretchen brings expertise to Touro through her extensive experience in the growth of service lines along with developing and maintaining strong physician relationships. Gretchen earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

My 'little something extra' is: Running

Jeffrey Brown, Vice President of Rehabilitation and Post Acute Services

Jeffrey Brown has more than 30 years of healthcare experience serving in leadership roles in hospital operations and rehabilitation services. Before joining the Touro team, he served as Vice President at Lee Health, a multi-hospital healthcare system in Southwest Florida, where he led their pediatric and adult Rehabilitation Hospital as well as Ambulatory PM&R Neuro Rehab Center and Ambulatory Pain & Spine Center. Jeffrey received his Masters in Healthcare Administration and Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from Cleveland State University in Ohio. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation Executive Advisory Committee.

My 'little something extra' is: I'm a cat person.

Kodi Craft, RN, Associate Vice President of Nursing

Kodi Craft, RN, Associate Vice President of Nursing

As Associate Vice President of Nursing, Kodi Craft, RN, oversees nursing operations for Critical Care, Telemetry, Medical/Surgical, Nursing Administrators, Diabetes, Wound Care Services and Inpatient Dialysis. Kodi has over 17 years of nursing experience and has spent the last 6 years as a nursing director over several inpatient units at Touro. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southern University and a Master’s of Science in Health Care Management from the University of New Orleans. Kodi is active on numerous healthcare committees and organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives.

My 'little something extra' is: I'm calm under pressure.