The Mission of the University Hospitals Authority and Trust is to be a catalyst for medical excellence, to support medical education, clinical research and to assure the best care available to all Oklahoma citizens. The mission is accomplished in part by maintaining a central alliance with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and through the Joint Operating Agreement between the University Hospitals Trust and the OU Medical Center by maximizing utilization of state and federal resources to ensure a dependable source of revenue for growth and development.
Mike Samis is an investor with interests in real estate, oil and gas, manufacturing, healthcare and entertainment. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma in Finance and a MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Samis is the former President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Macklanburg Duncan Company, M-D, and CEO and Chairman of the Board of its successor company, M-D Building Products, Inc. During Samis’ time at M-D the company grew to be one of the 25 largest suppliers to the hardware and home center industry with sales exceeding $250,000,000.
Prior to M-D, Samis was Vice-President for Hiawatha Oil Company, a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company in Oklahoma City.
Appointed by the Governor as a member of the Authority at its inception in 1993, Mike Samis has served continuously since then. In June of 2000, he became Chairman of the Authority and Trust, a position he continues to hold today.
Jim Everest joined the board of the University Hospitals Authority and Trust in 2005, appointed by state House of Representatives. He was elected Vice Chairman in January 2007.
Everest is a partner of Everest Brothers and White Tail Farm, as well as President of the Jean I. Everest Foundation.
A champion of our community, Everest devotes his time and energy to many local and statewide causes. He currently volunteers with the Metropolitan YMCA, the Metro Youth Development Foundation – 1stTee, the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Tree Bank Foundation, Catholic Charities, among others. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the United Way of Metro Oklahoma City.
Pete Regan was appointed to the University Hospitals Authority and Trust by the state Senate in 2006. He has served as Secretary of the Authority and Trust since January 2007.
Regan is principal of Devonshire Investments, LLC and Of Counsel with Riggs, Abney, Turpen, Lewis, and Orbison law firm. He has over 15 years of experience in business development and government relations with prior service as an aide to UCO President George Nigh and U.S. Senator David Boren. He has also served as Director of the President’s Action Line at the University of Oklahoma, and as Chief of Staff/Legal Counsel for U.S. Congressman Dan Boren.
Senior Vice President and Provost, OU Health Sciences Center
Jason R. Sanders, MD, MBA, became a board member with the University Hospital Authority and Trust in June of 2015 after being named Interim Senior Vice President and Provost of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
In his role at the OU Health Sciences Center, Sanders has overall responsibility for its seven colleges and clinical, educational, and research programs.
Sanders also maintains a clinical practice in Internal Medicine with OU Physicians, and teaches medical students and residents.
Becky Pasternik-Ikard joined the board of the University Hospitals Authority and Trust in October 2016 following her appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
Pasternik-Ikard has been with the agency for 20 years. Previously, Pasternik-Ikard served the agency as a member of the executive leadership team as the State Medicaid Director. In that capacity, she provided the overall direction for SoonerCare Operations, which includes Behavioral Health, the Insure Oklahoma Premium Assistance Program, Member Services, Pharmacy Services, Population Care Management and Provider/Medical Home Services. In addition, Pasternik-Ikard was the lead Health Care Authority collaborator with the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan and the Oklahoma State Innovation Model grant, as well as with state agency partners including the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the State Department of Health and the Department of Human Services.
Dean Gandy serves as Chief Executive Officer of the University Hospitals Authority and Trust, a position he has held since his appointment to the post in 1998.
During his tenure as Chief Executive Officer, the University Hospitals Authority and Trust has undertaken and completed important educational enhancements, key research and health care advancements and critical capital improvement projects at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. These include most recently: the new Children’s Atrium, the OU Children’s Physicians Building and the new Education and Conference Center, currently under construction.
Prior to assuming leadership of the Authority and Trust, Gandy had served as chief of staff to former Governor George Nigh and as Director of Operations for Remington Park.