Lovelace Regional Hospital

Christy Escandon

Chief Nursing Officer


Christy Escandon joins Lovelace from UT Health Tyler in Ardent Health Services’ East Texas market, where she served as CNO for the 502 bed hospital. As CNO, she helped UT Health Tyler maintain its Leapfrog Hospital Safety Group “A” grade and achieved The Texas Hospital Association Bill Aston Award for Quality in 2020. Escandon also implemented policy standardization, negotiated and coordinated IV pump conversion, coordinated improved restraint management and monitoring and supported increased capacities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to serving at UT Health Tyler, Escandon was CNO for Texas Health Resources in Plano, Texas, where she provided oversight of the 384 bed hospital. She also served as its executive sponsor for heart and vascular, women infants and children (WIC) and trauma service lines.

Escandon received a bachelor of science degree in nursing, a master’s degree of business administration from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas and a master of science degree in nursing from Western Governors University in Millcreek, Utah. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) and the North Texas Organization of Nurse Leaders (NTONL).

Joshua Hoffman

Chief Financial Officer


Joshua brings over six years of healthcare financial experience as a billing manager, financial analyst and director. Joshua most recently served as the Assistant Chief Financial Officer at Havasu Regional Medical Center, a 171 bed hospital and Level III trauma center, as well as for its 90-bed sister hospital, Valley View Medical Center. He oversaw budgets for two facilities with a combined $290M in net revenue and secured funding for a DaVinci Robot, 3D Mammo and Linear Accelerator.

Prior to working for Havasu Regional Medical Center, Joshua was a financial analyst for SSM Health in St. Louis, MO, a not-for-profit integrated delivery health system with 1,200 providers, 20 hospitals, 60 outpatient locations, a 420,000 member health plan, a pharmacy benefit plan with 4.5 million customers, ancillary services and annual revenue of $5 billion.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in management/finance from Brigham Young University and a double master’s degree in business administration/ healthcare administration from Saint Louis University

Buddy Daniels

Chief Executive Officer


As an experienced health care executive, Daniels most recently served as chief executive officer at San Angelo Community Medical Center, a part of Community Health Systems (CHS), in San Angelo, TX. He Daniels lead the operations of this 168-bed acute hospital with approximately 750 employees. Daniels has also served as chief executive officer and chief operating officer at several health care facilities, including Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. and Helena Regional Medical Center in Helena, Ark.

Daniels earned a bachelor of science in health care administration from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nev. He then earned a master in health information systems from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif. Daniels served on the 2018 boards of United Way San Angelo and the Laura Bush Institute for Women’s Health.