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Linda E. White
President and Chief Executive Officer, Deaconess Health System

Linda E. WhiteLinda has been an administrator at Deaconess since 1985, and currently serves as Deaconess Hospital’s president and CEO. She was the city’s 2001 Athena Award recipient. Linda also received the University of Evansville's Delta Sigma Pi Business Leader of the Year award. Linda is a native of Terre Haute, Indiana.

Linda received her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Evansville in 1983, where she also earned her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1976. Linda completed the Deaconess School of Nursing diploma program in 1974 to become a registered nurse. She also earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics at Indiana State University in 1970.

Linda’s civic and community involvement includes a long list of local organizations. She has served on the board of directors of Leadership Evansville, Operation City Beautiful, the Ark Crisis Nursery and Junior League of Evansville. She is the immediate past president of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Evansville, the YWCA, the United Way of Southwestern Indiana, the Metropolitan Evansville Chamber of Commerce, the American Heart Association–Greater Midwest Affiliate and the YMCA. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives, VHA Central Nurse Executives and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Linda holds an advanced certification as an American nurse administrator and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
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Shawn McCoy
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Deaconess Health System;
Chief Administrative Officer, Deaconess Hospital and Deaconess Gateway Hospital

Shawn McCoyShawn has served in various administrative roles at Deaconess since 2001 and currently serves as Executive Vice President. He received his bachelor's degree in industrial management from Purdue University in 1991, and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University in 2004. Shawn is a native of Evansville, Indiana

Shawn’s civic and community involvement includes serving on the boards of Junior Achievement of Southwest Indiana, Ivy Tech Southwest Regional Board of Trustees, WNIN, the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Warrick County Chamber of Commerce. 

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James R. Porter, MD, FAAP, FACHE
Senior Executive Vice President, Physician Enterprise;
Chief Administrative Officer, Deaconess Clinic;
Chief Medical Officer, Deaconess Health System

James Porter
James joined Deaconess Hospital in 2000 as a hospitalist & was appointed Vice President of Medical Affairs in 2002.  He became Vice President of Quality & Innovation and Chief Medical Officer for Deaconess Health System in 2006 and Senior Executive Vice President of the Physician Enterprise in 2013.
James received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and his medical degree from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. He is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Porter is actively involved in his community including serving as chair of the Patient Safety Coalition of Southwest Indiana & Kentucky, chair of the board of directors of the United Way of Southwest Indiana and raising funds on behalf of the YMCA, American Cancer Society and the March of Dimes. He also serves on the Newburgh Sea Creatures board of directors and is a USA Swimming Official.
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Cherona J. Hajewski DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

Cherona Hajewski

Cherona J. Hajewski MSN RN NEA-BC joined Deaconess Hospital, Inc. and Health System, July, 2007 as the Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.  She has more than 37 years of healthcare experience and has been a chief nurse executive for the last 20 years.  Prior to joining Deaconess, Cherona was the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Indiana from 1992-2007.  Columbus Regional was the first hospital in Indiana to receive the ANCC Magnet designation for nursing excellence in 2003.  In June, 2013, Deaconess Hospital, Inc. accomplished the ANCC Magnet designation.

Cherona’s community involvement has included Board member to the Evansville YWCA, SW Agency on Health Education Coalition (SW-AHEC), and Nursing Advisory Councils for University of Southern Indiana, University of Evansville, and Ivy Tech Community College. Nursing leadership involvement at the state level includes serving as the President to the Indiana Center for Nursing.  She is an active member of the VHA Central CNO group, and Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives.  Cherona served in other nurse leader positions in Wisconsin prior to relocating to Indiana in 1992.
Education includes a BSN (1975), MSN (1985) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP, 2014) from the University of Southern Indiana. She participated as a Fellow in the Wharton Nurse Executive Program in 1993 and is currently an appraiser for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program.



Lynn Lingafelter
Vice President & Operations

Lynn Lingafelter

Lynn has been at Deaconess since 1987. Prior to the administrative position, Lynn served as the Department Director of Emergency and Surgical Services. Lynn is a native of Poseyville, Indiana.

Lynn received her master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University in 2009. She also earned a bachelor's degree in Health Services from the University of Southern Indiana in 2001, and her diploma in Nursing from Deaconess School of Nursing in 1987.  In 2003, Lynn completed the Leadership Academy at Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.

Lynn serves on the board for Tri-State Better Business Bureau, Inc, and is a member of ACHE and AONE.


Cheryl Wathen
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Cheryl Wathen
Cheryl joined the System in February 1990.  She is a certified public accountant with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky and a master of business administration from the University of Southern Indiana.  She previously served as the Director, Internal Audit, Manager, Finance and Accounting Department and Chief Financial Officer, The Women’s Hospital and Controller of the Health System. Before coming to Deaconess, Cheryl was an audit department manager for a regional accounting firm.

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Deaconess Clinic

Allen White, MD
Vice President of Deaconess Clinic & Ambulatory Practice Operations

Allen White
Allen went to school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and afterward did a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Wake Forest /North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem NC.  After completing his residency, he returned to his home in Morganfield where he practiced for seven years before becoming an employee of Deaconess Hospital. 

After obtaining a Masters of Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, Allen began working as a part time Medical Director for Deaconess Clinic in October of 2011.  Since then, he has moved out of practice to full time Medical Director and then to Vice President of Deaconess Clinic.


The Women's Hospital

Christina M. Ryan
Chief Executive Officer, The Women's Hospital

Christina RyanChristina has been an administrator at Deaconess since 1999 when she was recruited to help with the initial plans, construction and successful opening of The Women’s Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana. Christina is a native of Chicago, Illinois.

Christina received her bachelor's degree in nursing with a minor in psychology at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. She then went on to graduate school and received her master's degree in health administration at Indiana University.

Christina assumed the role of Director of Women and Children Services at St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers in Northwest Indiana in 1989 where she worked on a federal grant and was awarded $7 million to help reduce infant morbidity and mortality for the cities of Gary, Hammond and East Chicago. She was appointed by the Mayor of Hammond to oversee the funds and programming, and opened a prenatal clinic for the indigent, a home for pregnant teenagers where completing high school and learning to care for their newborn was part of the curriculum. In addition, she opened a pediatric intensive care unit and new birthing center.

Christina’s civic and community involvement includes a long list of local organizations. She actively serves on the boards of: Southwest Division Chair for March of Dimes, Welborn Baptist Foundation Advisory Committee for Movement, Building Healthier Communities, Leadership Evansville Public Schools Foundation Board, Secretary Advisory Council for Infant Mortality, and The American Hospital Association Governing Council for Maternal Child Health.

Christina's awards and accomplishments include being appointed to the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (a national committee of the Healthier Resource Services Administration), Spirit of Women Next Generation of Women's Health Leaders Award, March of Dimes Nurse Recognition Award, United Way Gold Award, Indiana State Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis Society Recognition Award, and the Leadership Evansville - Individual Achievement Award in Health and Social Services.


The Heart Hospital

Rebecca L. Malotte, MSN, RN, CAAMA, FACCA
Executive Director and Chief Nursing Officer,
The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway

and Executive Director Heart Product Line Deaconess Health System
Rebecca MalotteRebecca has been the administrator at The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway since its opening in 2006 and an employee of Deaconess since 1973.  Prior to this administrator position, she served in a number of clinical and administrative positions overseeing cardiovascular operations and cardiovascular strategic planning, with a focus on hospital-physician integration of the service line for Deaconess Health System.
Rebecca is a 1973 graduate of Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing.  She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1982 and her master’s degree in nursing administration in 1988 from the University of Evansville.  She holds certification from the American Academy of Medical Administrators and is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiovascular Administrators.
Rebecca is involved in local community as well as national organizations.  She serves on the Board of the American College of Cardiovascular Administrators, is active in the American College of Cardiology at the state level, and has been involved locally in the American Heart Association, Leadership Gibson County, WNIN Board of Managers, Healthier Communities Partnership and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.


Deaconess Cross Pointe

J. Scott Branam, MBA, MA, LMHC
Chief Administrative Officer

Cheryl RietmanScott came to Deaconess in 2016 from IU Health - Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington, IN where he served as the behavioral health service line administrative director for 10 years.

He holds an MBA from Aspen University in Denver, CO in addition to multiple degrees from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. 

Scott serves on the board of directors for Mental Health America and is a member of the Indiana Hospital Association. 


HealthSouth Deaconess
Rehabilitation Hospital

Blake Bunner,
Chief Executive Officer

Blake BunnerBlake became the Chief Executive Officer for HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital on November 1st, 2014.  He was the Chief Operating Officer for a multi-state medical staffing corporation prior to his role as a director of marketing operations and director of human resources for HealthSouth.  Blake has owned and operated small businesses and has held leadership positions in distribution services with United Parcel Service and TJ Maxx.  He currently serves as an elected official for local government where he establishes budgets and manages county finances. 

Blake holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University, serves on many non-profit boards, and was honored as the 2013 Community Trustee of the Year by Leadership Spencer County.  Blake has been married for 25 years to his wife, Denise. They have three adult children and currently reside in rural Spencer County.