Methodist Healthcare Names Michelle DeStefano Chief Nursing Officer at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital

Methodist Healthcare has named Michelle DeStefano, BSN, MPA, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital. 

“Michelle is passionate about creating and sustaining work environments that promote retention of nursing staff, positive patient outcomes, collaboration among physicians and other providers, and improvement in patient and staff safety initiatives,” said David Handley, FACHE, chief executive officer for Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital. 

DeStefano most recently worked as the director of clinical services in both neurosciences and cardiovascular service lines at York Hospital/WellSpan inYork,Pennsylvania. While at the hospital, DeStefano led the Magnet Journey forYorkHospitalfrom 2006 to 2010 as their director of nursing excellence and innovation. In this position, she facilitated a restructuring ofYorkHospital’s professional nursing practice environment that led to the hospital receiving magnet designation, recognition that is based on stringent criteria for quality care and innovation in nursing. 

Prior to that, she served in many leadership roles atPennStateMiltonHersheyMedicalCenterinHershey,Pennsylvania.

 Methodist Specialty andTransplantHospitalhas earned international acclaim for its outstanding kidney, liver and pancreas transplant programs, setting record numbers for volume and outcomes. Additional specialties include psychiatric services, emergency care, orthopedics, weight loss surgery and a sexual assault response team providing medical services and forensic evidence collection for both survivors 13 and older and suspected perpetrators.


About Methodist Healthcare

Since 1963, Methodist Healthcare has provided outstanding medical services and constantly strives to keep pace with the technological advances being made in health care. Methodist Healthcare was recently recognized by the Texas Medical Foundation as one of only two winners of the Gold Award for health care quality improvement and the only hospitals in South Texasto receive the award. The system is the second largest private employer in San Antonio with more than 8,000 employees and consists of 27 facilities, nine of them hospitals including Methodist Hospital and its campuses at Methodist Children’s Hospital, Methodist Heart Hospital, Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, Methodist Texsan Hospital, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, Northeast Methodist Hospital; along with Methodist Stone Oak Hospital and Methodist Ambulatory Surgery Hospital. What truly makes Methodist Healthcare special is its people: a team of compassionate, dedicated health care professionals working to fulfill the mission of Serving Humanity to Honor God and providing exceptional and cost-effective health care accessible to all. The Methodist Healthcare System is 50-50 co-owned by HCA and the Methodist Healthcare Ministries. Visit to learn more.