Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak on July 29 announced the appointment of Carson Smith as the chief operating officer.

Smith replaces Chris Dunbar, who served as Stone Oak hospital’s COO before becoming chief operating officer at Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver.

According to a news release, Smith currently serves as the assistant chief operating officer at Medical City Dallas, Medical City Children’s Hospital, Medical City Heart Hospital and Medical City Spine Hospital, all in Dallas.

During his tenure, he was a project leader for the opening of Medical City Heart and Medical City Spine hospitals.

The release said Smith led the expansion of the Medical City Heart Tower and increased capacity of congenital heart and neonatal intensive care unit at Medical City Children’s Hospital.

Additionally, Smith helped with capital project and programmatic developments.

Prior to his recent role, Smith served as assistant administrator for Medical City Dallas following his time as a Medical City health care administrative resident, the release said.

Smith received a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arkansas. Smith is also a graduate of the 2021 HCA Healthcare Executive Development Program.

Methodist Healthcare officials said they are excited to have Smith join their team at Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak. His first day on the new job will be Aug. 29, the release said.

“His leadership and operational experience will further support our hospital growth initiatives and capital expansions while focusing on quality, safety and exceptional patient care,” said Jeff Wilson, Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak CEO.