Meet Our Leaders

Mesquite Specialty Hospital is led by a team of highly experienced healthcare professionals who are passionate about providing the highest level of care available to the hospital’s patients.

We invite you to learn more about us below:

Meet our Leaders

Michael Ridgeway, Chief Executive Officer
Michael has 18yrs of experience as a registered nurse with 8 of those years in a nursing leadership role.  He is committed to providing excellent leadership and responsible for daily management of the hospital.

Michael’s broad and varied background includes clinical bedside experience in cardiovascular ICU, step-down unit, ortho trauma unit, telemetry unit, medical/surgical unit, and wound care.  He has also served as director of business and development and regional director of business and development.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 boys traveling, watching movies, and attending car shows.


Crystal West, Chief Financial Officer
Seven years of experience in the finance, accounting and management fields have given Crystal just the background she needs to lead our financial planning, management, analysis and reporting initiatives. She provides both operational and programmatic support as well as oversees all strategic and tactical matters related to budget management, cost-benefit analysis, forecasting needs and securing new funding.

Crystal earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Crystal enjoys volunteering with the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce and the American Heart Association.


Audrey Cason, Director of Case Management
Audrey is a true blue country girl from East Texas. She has always had a drive for hard work and serving others. Even as a young child she always dreamed of being a nurse. She worked and studied to make her dream a reality May 1982. She graduated from Texas Eastern School of Nursing in Tyler, Texas and passed her State Boards that year.

Nursing has allowed her many opportunities in various practice settings. One of the most challenging was working adult and pediatric oncology. “ My patients and families have taught me what a precious gift life is. It is important to see each challenge as an opportunity for learning something new and personal growth.”

As the Director of Case Management she keeps up to date on the fast pace changes in health care. She current serves as President-Elect for the Dallas Fort Worth Chapter of Case Management Society of America. She is the Public Policy Liaison to the National Public Policy committee of CMSA for the DFW chapter. In this role she is the point person increasing awareness of case management issues to Senators and Representatives and demystifying the political process for members of the local chapter. Also a member of the chapter of Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist.

Locally she is a graduate of Leadership Mesquite and is active in the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce.

In her current role as Director of Case Management, her passion is to help her team meet the individual and family needs of our patients through communication and available resources for successful outcomes.


Lena Fulton, Director of Clinical Compliance
Lena has 38 years of experience as a registered nurse with 27 of those years in a nursing leadership role.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1979 and her Masters in Healthcare Administration in 2010. 

Her clinical experience includes emergency room nursing, medical-surgical nursing, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, and women’s surgery/oncology.


Jena Huffhines, Director of Marketing and Business Development
Jena has over 20 years’ experience within the healthcare industry and possesses a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Dallas as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from Texas Women’s University.

Throughout her career, she has held positions in several post-acute care settings including long term acute care, acute inpatient rehabilitation, home health, hospice and skilled nursing. Over the past 10 years, Jena has focused her career on healthcare marketing and business development. She now strives to serve as a resource to the community by providing education on post-acute care settings, their differences and their benefits.

In her free time, Jena enjoys art, photography and yoga.


Blessing DanDukor, Director of Nursing Operations
Blessing is passionate about providing high quality care and believes in making a difference in the lives of her patients.

A registered nurse, Blessing possesses more than 14 years of healthcare experience. In her role, she is responsible for the nursing, respiratory therapy, and dietary departments.

Blessing earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and is currently working on a master’s degree in health administration through Grantham University in Lenexa, Kan.

When not working, Blessing enjoys spending time with her family and is very active in her church.