The nearly finished hospital has its first president.

Methodist Health Systems officials appointed Cody Hunter as the incoming Methodist Celina Medical Center’s first president, according to a Jan. 4 news release.

Although the hospital will not open until early 2025, Hunter will step into his role immediately to assist with keeping the roughly $237 million project on track, according to the news release.

"Cody is a natural leader with skills beyond his years and no doubt will enthusiastically engage with the Celina leaders and community at large," Methodist Health System CEO James Scoggin Jr. said in the news release. "Methodist Celina Medical Center is in great hands for years to come."

The specifics

Hunter is a Texas A&M University graduate who first joined Methodist Health System in 2021 as vice president of operations at the system’s Richardson hospital, according to the news release.

The 38-year-old Texas native is also a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on multiple North Texas boards, including the Richardson YMCA and North Texas Paramedic Consortium.

"Cody has helped pave the way for performance that leads not just our health system but the market as a whole," said Pam Stoyanoff, Methodist Health System president and chief operating officer, in the news release. "He will carry that dedication to patients with him 30 miles up the tollway to Celina."

About the facility

Construction on Methodist Celina Medical Center broke ground in early April. Located at the corner of Dallas Parkway and FM 428, the four-story hospital will be the health care system’s 13th facility.

Here’s a quick look at what Methodist Celina Medical Center will house:
  • 30 medical-surgical beds
  • 10 postpartum beds
  • Eight intensive care unit beds
  • 12 emergency department beds
  • Three operating rooms, including a da Vinci surgical robot, and shell space for an additional operating room
  • A cardiac catheterization lab
  • Two procedure rooms
Methodist Celina Medical Center is expected to open in early 2025. (Rendering courtesy Methodist Health System)
Methodist Celina Medical Center is expected to open in early 2025. (Rendering courtesy Methodist Health System)

Once open, hospital services are expected to include:
  • Cardiovascular care
  • Emergency and trauma care
  • Women’s and children’s services
  • Cancer care
  • Orthopedics and spine care
  • Family medicine
  • Surgical services, including robotics
  • Imaging and radiology