The responsibility of running a new hospital, supervising an active family, serving on boards of local charities and being a spouse and partner to a high profile elected official is all in a day’s work for Fawn Creighton.
In addition to being the CEO of the new Apollo Hospital, featuring the Emil J. Freireich Cancer Center, she is the mother to two active children and the spouse of Brandon Creighton, recently elected District 4 Texas state Senator.
“I was born into a political family,” said Fawn. “Dad served Oklahoma’s McCurtain County for 30 years as a district court judge and my grandparents were elected officials as well. I’ve never known a life without an election.”
One-fourth Choctaw Indian, Creighton grew up in a part of Oklahoma known as “Little Dixie.” She spent time searching for arrowheads and learned life lessons with her grandmother on the family ranch − an old Indian reservation and burial ground where the Trail of Tears ended for the Choctaws. It was here she learned about Southern values and community service.
“A lot of the food we ate was home grown or came from hunting,” said Creighton. “My grandmother was a writer, a community organizer and elected state superintendent − she did it all with a perfect attitude and a smile. She was one of my biggest influences.”
An active youth helped prepare Creighton for the many challenges she faces personally as well as professionally. She has supervised operation of Apollo Hospital since its opening in December of 2013. The boutique hospital offers a “one-stop shop” for patients in North Harris and Montgomery County and works closely with Greater Houston Physicians Medical Association − providing a network of primary care physicians, specialists and healthcare providers for diagnosis, treatment and logistics.
During this first year of operation, Fawn was also active in her husband’s campaign for the Texas Senate. After eight years representing District 16 in the Texas House of Representatives, Brandon faced a political battle against multiple opponents. The campaign involved a major commitment from Fawn to attend rallies, fundraisers and community events.
“Between work, politics and family obligations, there wasn’t a lot of time for sleep,” said Creighton. “Fortunately, I only need about four hours of sleep a night and some nights I didn’t even get that. I’ve always preferred being active.”
After graduating from Oklahoma State University, Creighton received her master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma. She became a licensed professional counselor for the state of Texas, specializing in schizophrenia. Later, Creighton was hired by Pfizer to help launch a new pharmaceutical drug for the treatment of schizophrenia. She also launched a boutique winery in Montgomery with a partner in her spare time.
In 2010, she sold her interest in the business to return to the healthcare industry and work for Jerry Nash, CEO of Hospital Corporation of America at Conroe Regional Medical Center. Creighton credits Nash as her mentor, teaching her “big hospital experience” and educating her on how to run a hospital.
“My proudest moment at HCA was in 2011 when I was presented with the Innovator’s Award,” said Creighton. “The award is based on ideas to help make the company better and is shared with the more than 150 other HCA facilities across the country.”
In her professional life, Creighton is highly visible in the community, serving on the boards of a wide range of charitable organizations, including two years as corporate chair for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.
It was not long before other healthcare professionals were taking note of Creighton’s high profile skills and dedication to responsibility. In 2012, she was hired by Dr. Asit Choksi to head up Apollo Hospital.
Throughout her professional life and active involvement in her husband’s political career, Creighton also has kept up with her maternal responsibilities. School projects and competitive softball for Presleigh, 12, and baseball for Cannon, 5, keep her busy.
“My mom worked full time and made sure my brother and I had a huge breakfast and sit down family dinners every night,” said Creighton. “We never missed a beat from our mother working full time and I strive to do that for my kids.”
Creighton credits her father for academic inspiration. He spent hours with her to make sure her grades were perfect and she could choose any path she wanted in the future. With what little free time she has, Creighton is committed to physical activity. An avid tennis player since high school, she likes to bike and do solo workouts to very loud 80s heavy rock music.
“It’s my stress reliever and helps me function with my crazy schedule,” said Creighton. “My kids always know that a workout makes mom nicer!”
As busy as she is and as much as she has accomplished, Creighton has a bucket list. Getting Apollo hospital off to a successful start has been crossed off the list, but she has other personal and professional goals.
“I’d like to expand our existing operation, adding more beds to the hospital and expanding our roster of services,” she said. “I’d also like to move the Apollo boutique hospital concept to other market areas. I’d also like to establish my own nonprofit organization to benefit Alzheimer’s families who are caring for their parents.”
On a more personal basis, Creighton said she would like to take helicopter lessons, learn to play golf, experience skydiving and finish her PhD.
“I also want to watch my kids grow up and serve their community by giving back,” said Creighton. “The schedule Brandon and I have is crazy, but I think our kids will one day be proud of us and it will encourage them to be involved. That’s the most important bucket list item.”