Executive Team

Donna Hefner, RN, MSHS, CPHRM

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Donna Hefner, RN, MSHS, CPHRM

Mrs. Hefner has been with the District since 1990. She is a native of Tulare County and has resided in the area for most of her life. She has over 22 years of experience in healthcare management and has been a member of the Senior Management Team since 2006. She started her career in healthcare as a Nursing Assistant and Unit Clerk, while attending College of the Sequoias to become a Registered Nurse and earn her Associate of Science degree. Her positions have included serving as a staff RN, Clinical Supervisor, Director of Surgical Services and Ambulatory Surgery and Interim Vice President of Patient Care. Mrs. Hefner received her Masters of Science degree in Healthcare Administration in 2009 from TUI University and Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1996 from California State University, Dominquez Hills.


Ron Wheaton

Vice President, Physician Recruitment & Professional Services

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Ron Wheaton has over 30 years of healthcare experience, with 17 of those years as a member of Senior Leadership at Sierra View. Since taking over physician recruiting 10 years ago, he has successfully recruited over 30 physicians to the community. He provides expertise in: physician practice start up and management, physician alignment strategies, Ancillary Department oversight and business development opportunities. While at SVMC, he is credited for starting the 35-bed Subacute Unit. He is also credited for bringing attention to the Board of Directors for the community need to start an acute and chronic hemodialysis program, a wound care department and also an outpatient urology clinic which is co-managed and operated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California which thrive today. In addition, Ron is responsible for the commencement of the adult and pediatric hospitalist programs, and, most recently, the Sierra View Medical Center Cardiovascular Catheterization Lab.


Jeff Hudson

Vice President, Patient Care & Chief Nurse Executive

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Dr. Jeffery L. Hudson-Covolo, DNP, R.N.

Dr. Hudson has been with the District since January 2014. He serves on the Senior Leadership Team and is accountable for the delivery of patient centered care with a focus on safety, quality and the patient care experience throughout the organization. He is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and serves on the Voice / Communication Committee for the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL). He has an Associate Degree in Nursing from Northern Virginia Community College; a Bachelor of Science (2005) and Master of Science (2007) degrees in Nursing from North Park University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Healthcare Systems Leadership from Chamberlain College. Dr. Hudson is a Visiting Professor at Chamberlain College, School of Nursing. He has served as adjunct faculty since 2009 in the online RN to BSN Program. Dr. Hudson is the Chair of the Lindsay High School Pathway & Health Academy Advisory Board and is a member of the Tulare & King’s Counties Workforce Investment Healthcare Advisory Board.


Tracy Canales

Vice President, Human Resources

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Mrs. Canales has been employed with Sierra View Medical Center since 2009 and has more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources. As the Vice President of Human Resources, her division of oversight includes Human Resources, Employee Health Services, Worker’s Compensation, Volunteer Services and Chaplaincy Services; she provides services to all departments and supports the district's mission and vision through the management of Human Resources. She has obtained a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Strategic Management from Bellevue University. Tracy holds national certifications as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from Human Resources Certification Institute (HCRI) and a Management-Certified Professional from Society of Human Resources (SHRM). She has been in the Central Valley for 20 years and has raised her family in Porterville. Currently, Tracy volunteers for numerous non-profit organizations to fulfill her desire to serve the community. She is also the Executive Sponsor for the SVMC EPPEC Team and SVMC Wellness Committee to improve the employee experience at Sierra View Medical Center.


Doug Dickson

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

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A lifelong resident of the San Joaquin Valley, Doug graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 20 years of experience as a healthcare Chief Financial Officer.

He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of Certified Public Accountants.