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.

Something extra from Manny: 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.

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.

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.

Danita Sullivan, BSN, MBA, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services

Danita Sullivan, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services

Danita Sullivan comes to Touro as a seasoned CNO with over 10 years of experience from Tulane Medical Center and other HCA facilities. Prior to joining Touro, she was instrumental in creating a collaborative environment, which led Tulane to become a Top 100 Hospital to Work for Nursing Professionals. In addition, Danita led her team to become a Comprehensive Stroke Center and opened the First Transplant Universal Unit in 2005. Danita creates a positive work environment with a focus on strong customer service. She's approachable, creative, and exemplifies what it means to be a health care professional. She earned her BSN from Loyola University, and MBA from the University of New Orleans. She is a member of the National Association of Healthcare Quality, American Organization of Nurse Executives, and Louisiana Organization of Nurse Executives.

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.

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.

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.

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.