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Administrative Council

Denise Webber

Denise Webber

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Webber serves as the President/Chief Executive Officer of Stillwater Medical, a regional healthcare system serving North Central Oklahomans distinguished by its top decile performance in quality, patient satisfaction, employee engagement and growth. Stillwater Medical includes Stillwater Medical Center, a 117-bed acute care facility; Stillwater Medical - Blackwell, a 53-bed facility; and Stillwater Medical-Perry, a 26-bed facility. Its 50+ satellite facilities employ over 1800 employees with a team of 200+ physicians recognized for ten plus consecutive years as one of the Nation’s Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare.

Webber joined Stillwater Medical Center in May 2003 as an administrative fellow and then was promoted to director of physician practice management in 2004. In 2006, she was promoted to the senior leadership team and was subsequently promoted to chief operating officer. She assumed her current position as President/CEO in 2016.

Webber, a board member of the Oklahoma Hospital Association, has served on various other boards including United Way, Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, ACHE Regents Advisory Council and Stillwater Economic Development Advisory Council.

Webber earned her bachelor’s degree in sports medicine and master’s degree in health care administration from Oklahoma State University. She is a board-certified fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and a 2011 Leadership Stillwater graduate.

She was named one of the “Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders under 40” by Becker's Hospital Review in 2015.

Liz Michael

Liz Michael

Chief Nursing Officer / Vice President - Patient Care Services

Liz Michael came to serve as Stillwater Medical Center's Vice President of Care Services in 2007 after serving as Director of Medical and Surgical Services at Deaconess Hospital. She also has more than a decade of experience at Norman Regional Hospital in nursing and management roles.

From an OSU-OKC associate's degree in nursing to a Southern Nazarene University (SNU) bachelor's degree in nursing as well as an SNU master's degree in management, Liz is committed to constant learning and growth. She has also studied in the nursing administration program at Oklahoma City University and is nationally certified in Nursing Administration. Nursing is a calling for Liz, and making sure that patients receive the very best care is her goal.

Her passion for patient care and excellence are apparent in each interaction. She says, "We are so fortunate to have a community-focused hospital in Stillwater that has such a family atmosphere, while still providing great care. It is an honor and a privilege to be at Stillwater Medical Center. The employees here are phenomenal. We're proud of our constant advancements and diverse services. We also have new physicians coming to town to be part of this team. SMC is truly state-of-the-art. We provide quality care and strive to become better every day!"

Born and raised in Moore, Oklahoma where her mother still resides, Michael is now married to Steve and they enjoy their adult children and wonderful grandchildren. She enjoys music and loves to sing and participate in Community Theater. Other hobbies include reading, caring for her small dogs, working in the yard, and being with family.

Alan Lovelace

Alan Lovelace

Chief Financial Officer

Alan Lovelace came to Stillwater from Shelbyville, Tennessee where he was the CFO at Heritage Medical Center. Originally a native of Arkansas, Lovelace has 16 years of healthcare finance experience. He spent 12 years with Baptist of Memphis and four years as part of CHS, an investor-owned health system.

Lovelace said there were several reasons why he chose to come to Stillwater, including the "passionate leadership" of his fellow administrative council members. “They know the healthcare business very well and have a strong desire for Stillwater Medical Center to serve people of this area with excellence,” said Lovelace. “I want to be a part of building programs and services that will benefit this community for generations to come.”

Lovelace and his wife, Sheila, have three children.

Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor

Regional President / System Vice President

Steven Taylor currently serves as Stillwater Medical Center's Regional President/System VP. In this role, he is the CEO of both Perry Memorial Hospital and Blackwell Regional Hospital. Taylor joined the SMC team in 1997 as the Safety Officer after earning his bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection & Safety from Oklahoma State University. Within two years, he was promoted to Director of Facilities Management, where he worked and led for twelve years.

Taylor has played an integral role in multiple expansion and remodel construction projects at Stillwater Medical Center. With his help, these projects provided an opportunity to expand services and implement new technology to better serve patients. Taylor states, "It's great to be part of an organization that has the commitment to keep the facilities up to date to provide the best services possible for the community."

Taylor was born and raised on his family farm in southwest Oklahoma where his parents still reside. He and his wife, Nicole, have two children. Taylor is actively involved in the Stillwater community including service on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters, acting Environmental Advisor for the City Council, and organization of the United Way Day of Caring event.

Steve Cummings, MD

Steven Cummings, M.D.

Sr. Vice President - Physician Practice Management

Dr. Cummings is a Stillwater native who graduated from Stillwater High School and went on to receive a bachelors degree in biology and chemistry from Southwest Baptist University. After college graduation, Dr. Cummings attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma and completed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Cummings specializes in internal medicine and is honored to now provide medical care back in his hometown. His passion is driven by participating on a team of excellent healthcare providers and hospital staff who are dedicated to giving the community, and beyond, exceptional medical care right here in Stillwater.

In his free time, Dr. Cummings is an avid runner, and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Jovan Smith

Jovan Smith

Vice President - Physician Practice Management

Jovan Smith is Stillwater Medical’s Vice President of Physician Practice Management (PPM). He was raised in Spencer, Oklahoma, earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Jovan comes to Stillwater Medical with 22 years of ambulatory healthcare experience. With his goal of one day becoming a COO of a system or service line, Jovan said “the opportunity to serve as the Vice President of Physician Practice Management at Stillwater Medical is very much an honor and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of the team.”

Being part of a team environment is something that Jovan has done throughout his life, starting from the 3rd grade through his senior year of playing college football until now in his current role as a Vice-President. According to Jovan, “Sports have afforded me the opportunity to meet and interact with people from all walks of life. It’s one of the ways to truly interact with the culture of another person and learn to understand and appreciate that in the end we’re all humans that just want to be treated with respect.”

Jovan and his wife of 21 years, Megan, have two daughters – Jasmyne 20 and Maliyah 15. In his spare time, he’s a full-time chauffeur for their youngest daughter who plays competitive club and high school soccer, as most of their weekends are spent traveling between various states for games.

Kayla Issacs

Kayla Isaacs

Vice President - Human Resources and Service Excellence

Kayla Isaacs, Vice President of Human Resources and Service Excellence for Stillwater Medical, is a native of Ada, OK. She earned her Bachelors of Science Clinical Laboratory Science from East Central University in 2001, her Masters of Science Teaching, Learning and Leadership from Oklahoma State University in 2004, and her Masters of Science Health Care Administration from Oklahoma State University in 2016.

Since moving to Stillwater in 2001, Kayla has worn many hats during her time with our Stillwater Medical family. She started her work in the laboratory until 2009 when she accepted the role as Education Coordinator. In this position, Kayla served our team to build a culture of excellence and also provided oversight for the SMC volunteer program until 2018. She then accepted the position as Assistant Administrator of Physician Practice Management until 2022 before accepting her current role as Vice President.

The Oklahoma Hospital Association awarded Kayla with the Spirit of Transformation Award in 2011. She participated in Leadership Stillwater in 2016 and has previously served on the Saville Center & United Way Boards.

Kayla and her husband, James, have one son named Grady. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and traveling.  

Michal Shaw

Michal Shaw

Vice President - Foundation & Community Relations

Bio coming soon.


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