Hannibal Regional Healthcare System Leadership Team

C. Todd Ahrens - President and CEO

Mr. C. Todd Ahrens is the President and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.  Mr. Ahrens joined the organization as General Counsel in 2007.  Mr. Ahrens received his Bachelor of Sciences and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Missouri – Columbia.  He previously was employed by the Rendlen Law Firm, PC, and then became a partner of Ahrens, Hale & Lemon, LLC.  Mr. Ahrens is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Tenth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American College of Health Care Executives, and the American Health Lawyers Association.



Patty Brawner - Vice President, Nursing

Mrs. Patty Brawner is the Vice President, Nursing for Hannibal Regional. Mrs. Brawner served as the Director – PCU since she joined Hannibal Regional in June of 2015. She has over nineteen years of nursing leadership experience in both the non-profit and for-profit settings, with most of those in the Kansas City area. Mrs. Brawner has been in the nursing field since 1991 and holds her BSN from Culver-Stockton, Blessing Rieman, and her MSN, MBA-HCM from the University of Phoenix. Mrs. Brawner also achieved an AACN Nurse Executive certification in 2014.



Ann Dunham - Compliance Officer

Ms. Ann Dunham is the Compliance Officer for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System. She joined the System in 2013. Ann received her Bachelor of Business from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Quincy University in Quincy, IL. She received her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification in 2008, her Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) in 2014 and her Certification in Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC) in 2015. Ann has been in healthcare for many years and her previous experience was in Medical Practice Administration, Human Resources Management and Compliance. She is a current member of the Health Care Compliance Association and the Society for Human Resources Management.



Rob Gasaway - Vice President, Finance

Mr. Gasaway is the Vice President of Finance for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.  Mr. Gasaway received his B.S. in Accounting and Masters in Accounting from Truman State University.  He holds his CPA certificate through the State of Missouri.  He previously served as Assistant Chief Financial Officer and Chief Financial Officer for hospitals in Galesburg, Illinois, and Granite City, Illinois.  His first healthcare finance roles were at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, MO.  Mr. Gasaway serves on the Missouri Hospital Association Federal Reimbursement Allowance Policy Committee, the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Clover Road Christian Church Finance Committee.  He and his wife, Michele, are the proud parents of three children and enjoy being active in the Hannibal community.



Wendy Harrington, EdD - Vice President, Development/Foundation President & CEO

Wendy Harrington leads the Hannibal Regional Foundation and also serves as Vice President, Development for Hannibal Regional. Dr. Harrington, a native of northeast Missouri, is passionate about sustaining and enhancing the excellent healthcare services provided by Hannibal Regional. As President of the Foundation, Dr. Harrington manages all efforts to raise, fiscally manage and disburse privately donated funds to Hannibal Regional. As Vice President, Development, Wendy leads the areas of Marketing, Business Development, Volunteer and Guest Services, and Pastoral Care. Previous to her role with the Foundation, Wendy led a Business Research Group for the University of Missouri and was the Director of Marketing for a national pharmaceutical company. Dr. Harrington holds a Bachelor of Science degree from William Woods University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Doctoral in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Wendy also holds a CFRE certification (Certified Fundraising Executive).



Dr. Pranav Parikh - Chief Medical Officer

Pranav Parikh, MD, FCCP, CPE, is the Chief Medical Officer at Hannibal Regional Healthcare System. Dr. Parikh is a board-certified physician who has been practicing Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine in the community for over 18 years. He was awarded the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) designation by the American College of Physician Executives. He also became certified in Population Health by Thomas Jefferson School of Population Health in Philadelphia, PA, and oversees the Population Health Program at Hannibal Regional Healthcare System. Dr. Parikh is the Medical Director of the ICU, Respiratory Therapy Department and the Sleep Lab at HRH, and has oversight of Quality, Pharmacy, Cardiopulmonary, Neurodiagnostics, Infection Prevention, Patient Safety, and the Medical Staff Office. He has been very active in the organized Medical Staff and was the elected President of the Medical Staff from 2010 to 2012. Dr. Parikh is the President of the Regional Board of the Midwest Region of BAPS, a socio-spiritual Hindu organization.


Sheniece Smith - Vice President, General Counsel

Sheniece Smith is the Vice President, General Counsel for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.  Mrs. Smith joined the Hannibal Regional team in 2019 with several years of experience in the healthcare industry and a passion for helping the community.  As Vice President, General Counsel, Shenice is an integral member of the Hannibal Regional Leadership team and is responsible for providing legal counsel to Hannibal Regional.  As Vice President, General Counsel, Mrs. Smith will advise, advocate and represent the Hannibal Regional Board of Directors and members of the Hannibal Regional leadership team in compliance with legal trends and the needs of Hannibal Regional.  Mrs. Smith will also provide leadership for contract management, risk management, clinical information systems, and technical services and securities.


Susan Wathen - Vice President, Human Resources

Ms. Susan Wathen is the Vice President, Human Resources for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System. Ms. Wathen joined the Hannibal Regional Healthcare System team in January 2013, brought with her over 10 years of senior leadership experience, and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. Ms. Wathen received her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from DeVry University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Hannibal-LaGrange University. Ms. Wathen is a chartering member and Past President of the Northeast Missouri Area Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) a member and Past President of the Quincy Area Chapter of SHRM, a member of National SHRM and of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, board member and Past President at the Hannibal YMCA and member and President of the Hannibal Early Bird Kiwanis Club. Ms. Wathen has also served as an Ambassador for the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce and is a Past Vice President for the Hannibal Free Public Library.

Aaron Zook - Vice President, Operations

Mr. Aaron Zook is the Vice President, Operations for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.  Mr. Zook began working at Hannibal Regional in 2001 as a Physical Therapist Assistant and has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, home health, and outpatient private practice. In 2007 Aaron became the Manager of HRH’s Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Department and served in that role until 2012 when he began work as Director of Outreach Services for Hannibal Regional Medical Group.  In 2015 Mr. Zook began work in the Business Development department for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.   Along with his clinical degree, Mr. Zook holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management from Hannibal LaGrange College and an MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from William Woods University. Mr. Zook is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, which he earned in 2017. Mr. Zook and his wife Megan are the proud parents of 3 children.