Senior Leadership Team
Lori Wightman, RN, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Lori Wightman has been Bothwell’s Chief Executive Officer since June 2019 and oversees the operations of the hospital and its clinics. Prior to coming to Sedalia, she was President of Mercy Hospital Ada in Ada, Oklahoma. Wightman previously served as Vice President of Operations for Regional Health Services at Allina Health in Minnesota, as well as President of New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm, Minnesota, and president of Unity Hospital in suburban Minneapolis.
A native of Fargo, North Dakota, Wightman is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. She received a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver, a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and an associate degree in Nursing from North Dakota State University.
Wightman is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has held varied positions including health care consultant, building project coordinator, governor campaign manager, and general manager of a professional basketball team. Continuing in health care is a natural fit for Wightman as both of her parents were in the medical field.
Philip Fracica, MD, MBA, FACP
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Philip Fracica joined Bothwell in 2015 as Chief Medical Officer (CMO). As CMO, Dr. Fracica manages Bothwell’s physicians to provide safe and effective medical services. In addition to his role on the Senior Leadership Team, he chairs the Bothwell Infection Prevention and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and is Interim Medical Director of the Bothwell Hospital Medicine clinical service.
Prior to joining Bothwell, Dr. Fracica was an assistant professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, for 13 years. While at Duke, he practiced critical care and pulmonary medicine, conducted acute lung injury research, and taught pulmonary critical care.
Dr. Fracica earned his medical degree at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, New York. He has a Master of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University and a bachelor's degree from City University of New York-Brooklyn College. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest society of internists in the world. Fellows of ACP are a distinguished group of doctors dedicated to continuing education in medical practice, teaching or research.
Marvin Smoot, EdD
Vice President of Clinic Operations
Marvin Smoot became Vice President of Clinic Operations at Bothwell in November 2023. In this role, he is responsible for the leadership, strategy, operational support and effectiveness of Bothwell’s 20-plus outpatient clinics.
With an extensive, 20-year background in health care administration, Smoot has experience overseeing physician practice management, provider operations, practice administration and serving as chief operating and strategy officers. Prior to joining Bothwell, his most recent role consisted of monitoring operations for over 40 hospitals in 20 different states.
Originally from Cottage Grove, Minnesota, Smoot's collegiate career started on a football scholarship at Augustana University in Sioux Falls. He transferred to University of Sioux Falls to continue playing football and received a degree in Business Management. In 2014, he earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Sioux Falls, and in 2019 he earned a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Arizona.
Michele Laas, RN, BSN, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer
Michele Laas, RN, BSN, has been Bothwell's Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) since March 2022. As CNO, Laas is responsible for the leadership, direction, operational support and administrative supervision of all inpatient nursing units, Emergency Department and perioperative services. She also is responsible for the clinical education and development of almost 250 nurses in the hospital.
Laas was previously Bothwell’s Director of Clinic Nursing and has more than 25 years of nursing and leadership experience. She began her career at Bothwell in 1995 as an RN in the Emergency Department (ED) and then served as the ED Charge Nurse/Education Coordinator and later as Infection Control Coordinator and Patient Care Coordinator. After a nine-year stint at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia, Laas returned to Bothwell as Clinical Educator, Director of Critical Care, Progressive Care and Central Telemetry and Director of Acute Care Services.
Laas earned a master’s degree in Nursing from Western Governors University in 2023, a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Central Methodist University in 2017 and is a 1994 graduate of State Fair Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program.
Chief Financial Officer
Steve Davis joined Bothwell in August 1985 as a Cost Accountant. As health care continued to evolve, so did his role at Bothwell, serving as the Director of Budget and Reimbursement and then Director of Finance. In December 2015 he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
In his role as CFO, Davis is responsible for budget and administration, and he oversees accounting, centralized scheduling, clinic billing, health information management, information systems, materials management, patient accounts/admitting, rehabilitation services and utilization management.
Davis was born at Bothwell and raised in Sedalia. He is a graduate of the Smith-Cotton class of 1980. He received his Associate of Arts degree in Accounting from State Fair Community College and his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Central Missouri State University.
Lisa Irwin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services
Lisa Irwin has been a member of the Bothwell team since 1997. In her current role as Vice President of Human Resources and Support Services, Irwin provides leadership and oversight to Human Resources, Security, Environmental Services and Dietary.
Prior to her current role, Irwin has held many positions at Bothwell including Personnel Clerk, Benefits Specialist, Benefits and Compensation Manager, Human Resources Manager and Human Resources Executive Director. Before joining Bothwell, she worked in banking and Metal Culverts, Inc.
Irwin has a master's degree and bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management from Columbia Southern University. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).
Irwin enjoys her work at Bothwell because of the many opportunities to learn and grow, the family-oriented atmosphere, and how each department works together to care for community members.