Health Systems

The COO of Methodist Health Is A Flautist

For the August issue of D CEO, our summer intern-turned new D Partners hire Alex Edwards spent some time with Methodist Health System Chief Operations Officer Pam Stoyanoff. The two didn’t talk much about the Dallas-based system’s operations, however. They talked about the flute. Stoyanoff plays, quite well.

Rather than an acquired skill, Stoyanoff describes her inclination for music as something that’s lived inside of her since she was born. She fell in love with the flute at age 9 and recalls playing for nine hours a day throughout adolescence. By high school, despite attending a large, musically competitive school in Illinois, she easily made first chair in both band and orchestra. With a childhood dream to play for the Chicago Symphony, Stoyanoff had potential membership after making it into the program’s training orchestra. Then, her senior year of high school, she was one of two people from her state to be chosen for a nationwide band sponsored by McDonald’s.

Alex’s fun read can be found here. And, just for kicks, here’s a story I wrote a few weeks back after attending a panel on the intersection of the arts and healthcare, which Stoyanoff moderated.


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