InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 ties. Cullison was named assistant administrator in 2007 and in 2012 named vice president. She left this role to become the chief executive officer of The Village at Germantown, an affiliate of Methodist. Cullison was then named president of Methodist Germantown Hospital in 2018. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Alabama (UAB) at Birmingham followed by a Master of Science in Health Administration and an MBA also from UAB.
Clint F. Cummins
Chief Executive Officer/Executive Vice President Memphis Medical Society, MedTemps and Memphis Medical Foundation 1067 Cresthaven Road Memphis, TN 381193833 901-761-0200 mdmemphis.org
Cummins has more than 20 years of executive leadership, administration, and advocacy experience in healthcare and nonprofit organizations. A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Martin and current MHA candidate at University of Memphis, he is currently a board member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE), MidSouth Medical Group Management Association (MSMGMA), UT Martin Alumni Chapter, Memphis Region, volunteers for Woodland Presbyterian Church and School and has recently joined the Vitalant Community Leadership Council. He has served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Memphis chapter and is a Fast Track graduate of Leadership Memphis. His background includes implementing educational and leadership programs, supporting capacity building grant projects, and providing organizational leadership.
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D Rusty DeGeorge, CMPE Chief Executive Officer The Conrad | Pearson Clinic, P.C. 1325 Wolf Park Drive, Suite 103 Germantown, TN 38138 901-252-3420
rustydegeorge@ conradpearson.com www.conrad pearson.com
DeGeorge is a native of Biloxi, Mississippi, and has been in Memphis since January 1992. He has been involved in healthcare since 1985 and has almost thirty years’ experience in healthcare management. He has been chief executive officer of The Conrad | Pearson Clinic since January 2000. The clinic has ten physicians, several NP/PA providers, an ASC, advanced imaging, in-house clinical and Path Labs and an in-office dispensary. DeGeorge has served in various leadership roles with MGMA, Mid-South MGMA and TNMGMA. He has a BS in Business Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi and an MBA from William Carey College and is a Certified Medical Practice Executive with MGMA since 2003.
Sally Deitch, RN, FACHE
Market Chief Executive Officer Saint Francis Healthcare 5959 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38119 901-765-1000
Deitch became Market Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer for Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis in October 2019. She has been with Tenet for more than 13 years and has served in numerous leadership roles. Deitch has held multiple CEO roles in the El Paso, Texas, market, was
the Group CEO for El Paso and Rio Grande Valley, and most recently served as Tenet’s Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services. As a recipient of four Tenet Circle of Excellence awards, she has built a legacy of operational excellence with a focus on patient care.
Paul DePriest, MD Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-4140 Paul.depriest@ bmhcc.org
Dr. DePriest is the first physician to serve as Baptist Memorial Health Care’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University, he received a medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He subsequently completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in gynecological oncology at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Dr. DePriest earned a master’s degree in healthcare management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
James R. Downing, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 901-595-3300 stjude.org
Dr. Downing is president and chief executive officer of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As the architect of a six-year, $7 billion strategic plan, he is leading the expansion of St. Jude clinical care and research programs