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HEALTH CARE 2021

Your Annual Directory of Memphis Healthcare Leaders


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Greetings Readers and Happy New Year to all of you! No doubt 2020 has been one of the most challenging years in healthcare history. But if you’re reading this, YOU HAVE SURVIVED! You survived by avoiding or overcoming the deadly virus that has plagued us AND by helping numerous others do the same with your talents and your service. And that is worth celebrating as we begin a new year! We know that your leadership in healthcare has gotten more complicated as you navigate this new pandemic era. We know that the challenges you were tackling before Covid arrived have not gone away. We know you have looked after and supported a staff that was under extreme pressure. We applaud you for rising to the occasion and for taking care of the Memphis patient population. COVID-19 changed many things. In my world, that includes where you can do a photo shoot. We had envisioned staggering our cover honorees across a bright & winding vermilion staircase. Instead, due to circumstances that changed within a few days, we shot them in a concrete courtyard with a less than vermilion picnic table to add a pop of color. But that’s ok. We were lucky to photograph the four happy, smiling faces we chose to be on the cover of InCharge 2021. They are not new to healthcare. They have been around. But they do represent a new generation of leaders in Memphis healthcare. And I am pleased to introduce you to them. Clint Cummins took the lead at The Memphis Medical Society in 2016. His predecessor had been there for 31 years. There were probably a few skeptics out there who wondered how this new kid on the block would be able to fill those shoes. Needless to say, he’s done a fantastic job and really brought the organization up to date, expanded its focus and given it new life. I’m very proud to know Clint and honor him here. I interviewed Shannon Tacker in 2017 for Memphis Medical News. At the time, she was a VP and executive director of UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists. I recognized her as a rising leader then, and why wouldn’t she be? She started working in her father’s (Dr. Seb Spades of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas) medical office at the age of 14. And she has been in healthcare ever since, working in various leadership positions with Baptist Medical Group, UT Medical Group (now University Clinical Health, where she serves as CEO) and Le Bonheur. In addition, Shannon is a CPA and mother of three. I knew when I interviewed Brad Parsons in 2014 that he was also a rising star. He had just become CEO of NEA Baptist in Jonesboro, Arkansas, right before they built and moved into a $400 million, 800,000 square foot medical campus on 80 acres. He described that as a “career defining task.” And one that he aced by the way. We’re so proud to have Brad and his family in Memphis since he took over the Baptist -Memphis CEO position after his predecessor, Dana Dye, retired. He was the perfect candidate to fill those shoes. And lastly, Eric Schnapp was only two years old, when his father, Dr. Moacir Schnapp and partner Dr. Kit S. Mays, established the Mays & Schnapp Pain Clinic and Rehabilitation Center. In the article we did on him in April, 2020, he recalled “participating in dinner conversations every night.” But his current role came as a matter of timing after earning his MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, getting a JD from Emory University School of Law and working as a district attorney prosecutor and a small business owner. Finally, in 2019, the timing was right and he stepped into the role of CEO of Mays & Schnapp Pain Clinic. And clearly, he is helping it grow and thrive.

ON THE COVER Clint Cummins, Shannon Tacker,

So here we are, just in the middle of this pandemic. We have all toughened a bit. Our seat belts are buckled and we’re ready for the rest of the battle. I guess you could say we’re #MemphisStrong. Personally, I will pray for you all to have the strength and the wisdom to meet the challenges of 2021. Please keep reading and let me know what topics and issues you’d like discussed in Memphis Medical News. We’re here for YOU.

Brad Parsons, Eric Schnapp Cover photos by Greg Campbell

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Memphis Healthcare: The Next Generation

Q & A with a New Class of Memphis Healthcare Leaders Leadership requires the

physician leadership. More specifically, we are assembling the talents of 2,300 physicians, those who they lead, and the entities where they lead to improve the health of our community. When you expand a mission in that way, it brings change and opportunity. I think our staff embraces the opportunity to take on new challenges, particularly when they see there is a community

benefit. Parsons: Our team at Baptist courage to make decisions Memorial Hospital-Memphis has been through a lot this past that will benefit the next year. Just a few weeks before generation… I started, the first patient was hospitalized with COVID-19.  - Alan Autry In addition to learning a new CEO, the team has continued to manage through the pandemic, Over the past few years, new often creating the playbook leaders have risen to the helm of as we go.  I am very proud of some very important healthcare our team – their flexibility and organizations in Memphis adaptability to rapidly bringing with it their changing information, which opportunity to shine. And continues even today.  It shine they have done. has been an unprecedented Most recently, they transition and I’m honored to have led their organizations work with such a dedicated through one of the most team.   challenging years in Schnapp: Over several healthcare history. Needless decades, Dr. Moacir to say, their management Schnapp and Dr. Kit Mays skills have been tested. And differentiated their care by so far, they are passing with focusing on the uniqueness flying colors. of the patient and Memphis Medical News developing an individualized recently caught up with treatment plan. Guided by these four dynamic leaders that patient philosophy, Mays and posed some questions & Schnapp grew organically, about their experience so far. trusted by the community. Enjoy. I didn’t join Mays & Schnapp to completely turn What has been your it around; I joined a 40-yearexperience transitioning old team that specialized your team and staff to in pain management your leadership?  before the term was even Cummins: The Memphis recognized…But one that Medical Society went from didn’t have a roadmap for Eric Schnapp, CEO being an organization the next phase: how to meet Mays & Schnapp Neurospine Center with a very singular focus the community’s growing (physician advocacy) to demand for its care without “My motto in 2020 was ‘Pivot,’ one that now supports and sacrificing that very same as that is what we constantly advocates for the entire care. healthcare system through found ourselves doing.” When I joined, I worked 4 Memphis Medical News


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 hard to make it clear to the approach to supplying PPE. team that my purpose was To each their own, but we not to over-administrate but chose a different route to help the practice reach because our mission allows its potential. I needed to be us to do so. We worked careful to take a measured with a variety of industry approach to preserve the partners, some even outside values that had made the of healthcare, to procure the practice successful while lowest cost (sometimes free) still making the changes, PPE that we could distribute some dramatic, that we to the community. needed. I don’t know that Parsons: The safety of I would have been able to our patients and our staff appreciate the extent and is always our priority. We subtlety of Mays & Schnapp’s have worked tirelessly to treatment philosophy develop systems of care without my exposure to it – from screening, testing, before, which guides me in visitation, and procedures, how we onboard providers to be prepared for COVID and staff. No matter how patients as well as continuing seasoned the physician, PA, other important care or NP, each one spends an provided at our hospital. It extensive period one-onhas dominated the past year, one with the other providers without doubt. learning the practice’s Schnapp: For months, Shannon Tacker, CEO philosophy, it’s nuances, the bulk of my time was University Clinical Health and how it came to be. spent ensuring the safety Only once that philosophy of the staff, patients, and “UCH has developed a COVID-19 practice, because they are is understood and adopted, testing lab, in conjunction with does that provider even get intertwined: we all rely on the opportunity to apply it to the University of Tennessee.” each other. our patients. One of the challenges of which was good. I am very I regularly feel it is my the pandemic has been the pleased with the dynamics of our amount and speed of information responsibility to remind the leadership team. team that I work for them just coming out of every entity: as much as they work for the agencies, organizations, state organization. We demand a lot How has COVID-19 affected and federal governments. Simply from our staff, and I need them weeding through information your organization, and to know I’m not deaf to how was a monumental daily effort, how much of your time has we meet those demands or the not to mention resolving been allocated to ensure impact it has on them. If Mays & the safety of your staff and conflicting essential material. For Schnapp is to reach our goals, months, every day was spent patients? I’m going to do everything I can figuring out just what we were Cummins: In our office, we to help it get there. supposed to do to protect our closed the doors on day one of Tacker: It has been a staff and patients long before the pandemic allowing visitors wonderful experience, very we could even begin doing it. for only a few exceptions. Across smooth. I have worked in We spent considerable time the healthcare community, we healthcare in Memphis for and resources hedging our bets: saw this massive PPE crisis, over 25 years, so I already had ordering extra supplies, setting which is hopefully behind us. connections with several of up every worker for teleworking, That is definitely tied to patient our leaders and physicians. I implementing a new phone and staff safety. We had clinics have to say that coming into system so we could answer calls calling us with zero inventory an organization during a from anywhere. and hospitals with critical levels pandemic is not the easiest Lockdowns and quarantines of inventory. There were also way to transition, but it forced notwithstanding, patients opportunity-seeking vendors us to come together quickly, with chronic conditions still who emerged to take a capitalist memphismedicalnews.com

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 COVID presents. In addition, needed their care addressed. any stressors, including UCH has developed a COVID-19 Without continued physical, COVID-19, that come our way. testing lab in conjunction with interventional, or medication For physicians, we launched the University of Tennessee. We treatment, many of our patients’ our Thrive initiative remotely have also partnered with the City in August. Thrive is a wellbeing conditions could worsen, of Memphis and Shelby County impacting their function. For initiative that seeks to support to manage their testing sites. I many, we serve as an integral physicians who are experiencing would have to say COVID-19 has part of their support circle. symptoms of depression, been pretty consuming for us Once a pandemic was declared, burnout and other mental health this year. within days we had researched, challenges. Thrive’s flagship tested, trained, and deployed offering is a confidential hotline, telemedicine to our patients which physicians can access What is the stress-level of to ensure we provided that that connects them to a licensed your team and staff in the continuity of care. psychologist. The psychologist’s COVID crisis environment, My motto in 2020 was and what is your strategy to time is covered by our 501(c) “Pivot,” as that is what we (3) entity Memphis Medical help them? constantly found ourselves Foundation. Future goals include Cummins: Within our doing. From implementing new in-person appointment offerings walls, we have always strived protocols, to remote working, and expanded access to other to maintain positivity despite to distancing in the office, healthcare providers. to overhauling processes Parsons: We talk about rescheduling, shuffling the stress of our team and providers; we constantly I’m proud that our team has shifted to accommodate done a good job looking out what the pandemic threw for each other during what at us. Our staff rose to the has been a very stressful challenge, because as quickly time. I firmly believe that we as we learned of a new only get results through our change, they implemented people, so we’re constantly it without complaint and looking for ways to support incredible attitudes. The our teams. Sometimes culture at Mays & Schnapp it’s big things like COVID has always been one where Employee Assistance for people look out for one finances or our EAP program another, and this has never for a counselor to talk to, been more clear than during but many times it can be the pandemic. small things like a thank you, Tacker: COVID-19 has rounding to check on them, affected our organization or welcoming them into significantly. Ensuring the work. safety of our patients, Schnapp: After their physicians and staff are top and their families’ health, priority. There has been so everyone’s next concern much time spent rethinking was whether they would still how we work and how we have a job. Between reading Clint Cummins, CEO/EVP provide care for our patients about massive layoffs in the Memphis Medical Society – safely. We have been community and furloughs creative and flexible this of entire departments, we year in order to implement were faced with making “Thrive is a wellbeing initiative social distancing protocols that seeks to support physicians bet-the-farm decisions with and accommodate remote imperfect, ever-changing who are experiencing symptoms information. working arrangements which of depression, burnout ensure that our staff can We did not fire; we did work safely and productively and other mental health not furlough. Instead, we in spite of the barriers made the decision to bet on challenges.” 

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 our people, not knowing what was coming next or for how long it would last. Our staff needed to know that we were going to have their backs, because we knew they would be there for us when we needed it. Amidst the chaos, I could at least ensure that their jobs were not something over which they would stress. Early in the pandemic, before the FFCRA was even conceived, we gave every employee ten additional days of PTO, no matter the employee’s role or tenure. We created opportunities for work across departments, such as ASC staff used to working in the OR were instead fielding front office calls. If an employee wanted to work, we did everything we could to make it happen. Laptops were ordered and onboarded, remote working capabilities were implemented, and staff was cross-trained; our IT costs skyrocketed. Simply not knowing has been one of the biggest causes of stress from the pandemic: am I safe, how long will this last, will I still have health insurance? Since then, I try to provide as much predictability to our team’s lives as I can. Tacker: I think it varies by individual and circumstance. Generally, we have stayed very busy. With the development of the lab, as well as our management of the testing sites and ongoing patient care, we have been fortunate that most of our staff have continued to be able to work. I would be amiss if I didn’t acknowledge that the team has worked very hard, and sometimes becomes tired/ frustrated. It’s just the world we live in currently. The key is to make sure everyone feels safe, supported and gets adequate time to recharge. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. We just have to pace ourselves.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 What is the biggest challenge you and your organization are facing in 2021?

landscape, locally and nationally, are evolving. Not only because of COVID but also because of changing partnership dynamics within the Memphis healthcare community. Strong strategic partnerships within the community are an essential part of our success, and so as we face the new year, it is of upmost importance that we deepen our existing community partnerships as well as develop new, mutually beneficial relationships which will allow UCH to expand in the Memphis market.

Cummins: Every association’s biggest challenge each year can be captured with the word relevance. Getting it, maintaining it, and growing it. For our members, particularly those in primary care and chronic disease, the biggest challenge will be catching the public up on preventive health screenings and treating the likely resurgence of diagnoses associated with delayed screenings. Decreasing What are you most reimbursements from CMS looking forward to in will be a major financial 2021? factor for practices. Cummins: MedTemps, Parsons: 2021 has our staffing agency, started with the arrival Brad Parsons, CEO experienced significant of vaccines, which is a Baptist - Memphis growth in 2020, and we have hopeful sign that 2021 will bring recovery from the “We will continue to encourage an opportunity to continue that as we have proven our pandemic.  We will continue vaccination and assist in ability to recruit and staff to encourage vaccination deploying vaccines for our a wide variety of positions and assist in deploying throughout healthcare. vaccines for our city and city and region during much of Secondly, we will be taking region during much of this this year.” a more active role in public year and I’m excited that health – more to come on this is already underway.  I that effort as we seek to send their family. think recovery will be a key expand access to care in our Our providers utilize theme and very important for county and throughout West every effective tool available, Baptist–Memphis in the coming Tennessee. using a multidisciplinary, year. Parsons: I think I’m most individualized, patient-centered Schnapp: The biggest looking forward to a return to approach that incorporates challenge we face is continuing normal human interaction.  It not only medication but also to meet the community’s is so important for the healing interventional approaches, demand for our treatment process and important to philosophy as we simultaneously restorative therapies (like physical therapy), and behavioral everything we do.  Whether refine the patient experience. it is an in-person meeting, a therapies. Further, we continue Our new Southaven location smile without a mask, family to search for trusted new has performed better than visitation, or a simple touch therapies to add to our toolbox. expected, as it gave patients from a caregiver, I think we all Just last year, Mays & Schnapp and physicians better access to miss the human side of the care was selected as the only our providers and treatments. we provide and why we got independent site in the country The Mid-South community has into healthcare.  I’m hopeful to implant the only FDAtrusted us for decades and that we begin to see this again approved temporary peripheral continues to rely on us as we this year. nerve stimulators. expand. We are experts in pain; Schnapp: The pandemic Tacker: The healthcare we are where other physicians

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 stole from everyone the luxury of being able to plan ahead. I look forward to returning to some of the plans we put on hold last year and reevaluating them in the new normal. This year is our resurvey for our CARF accreditation. As the only one accredited in our field in the Mid-South, I’m looking forward to being able to focus our efforts on that intensive process. As difficult as it is to receive that accreditation, it is one we judge necessary to be a pain center of excellence, and it has helped us attract some of the best professionals in the field. Tacker: Face to face meetings without masks, hugs and going out to eat.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone thinking about going into healthcare administration,

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Cummins: Working with physicians and all healthcare providers is a privilege. They save lives every day. While they are on-call for patients, we are on-call for them. Hone your time management skills as early as possible, because they will be put to the test. You will always be busy if you are talented and passionate about healthcare, so having tools and strategies in place to help you balance work, family, faith, and education will benefit you tremendously. Parsons: It’s an exciting, challenging, and rewarding career. I’m honored to get to serve and very proud to be on a team with incredible caregivers that do incredible work at Baptist-Memphis every day.  Schnapp: Make time to be with your staff—all of them, not just senior staff/management—

without a specific agenda. We regularly rely on directors or managers for reports and news, but not everything important makes it all the way through the chain. I like to give our staff the opportunity to talk to me directly about anything on their minds, whether a task is giving them problems or the decorations they are preparing for their son’s wedding. I’ll learn about issues that could never be gleaned from a report or performance metrics. The time I spend with each employee and the information I learn from each of them is invaluable because I rely on them – all of them – being comfortable in telling me not what I want to hear, but what I need to hear. Tacker: Always make the decision that is best for the patient, and everything else will fall in place.

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A Imad Abdullah

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Regional One Health 877 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-545-7100

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As the principal attorney and general counsel, Abdullah is responsible for managing all aspects of legal affairs and risk management. Prior to joining Regional One Health in 2014, Abdullah was a Shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash & Smoak and spent nearly a decade at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and his B.A. from the University of Minnesota. Abdullah has previously served on the boards Bodine School and Pleasant View School. He is a member of Western District of Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility; past president of the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association; past chair of the Memphis Bar Association Employment Law Section; and past chair of the Society of Human Resources (SHRM) – Memphis Legal/Legislative Committee.

Karen Adams, CMPE

Director of Operations Semmes Murphey Clinic 6325 Humphreys Boulevard Memphis, TN 38120 901-522-7724 kadams@semmesmurphey.com

Adams oversees the logistical operations of the Clinic ensuring that they are executed in accordance with the organization’s missions and objectives. She previously served as Clinic Manager for seven years.  She has a 10 Memphis Medical News

B.S.Ed. in Education from Abilene Christian University and is a Board Certified Medical Practice Executive. Adams served as the 2019 President of the MidSouth Medical Group Management Association.

Stephen E. Alway, PhD, FASCM Dean, College of Health Professions The University of Tennessee Health Science Center 930 Madison, 6th floor Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-7951 salway@uthsc.edu

Alway is a tenured professor in the Departments of Physical Therapy and Physiology and the director of the Center for Muscle, Metabolism and Neuropathology in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Health Professions. Before coming to UTHSC, Alway was at West Virginia University School of Medicine, where he was professor and chair of Exercise Physiology, executive chairperson for the Department of Human Performance and Exercise Science, and senior assistant dean of Research and Graduate Studies. For more than 28 years, he has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and various foundations for research in cellular and molecular adaptations related to sarcopenia, and the effects of aging on relative to muscle loading, exercise, and disuse. He has authored or co-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, written chapters for nine textbooks and authored more than 400 lay publications in exercise and fitness journals.

Joel Y. Ashner, CFRE

Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab 36 Bazeberry Road Cordova, TN 38018 901-756-3273

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Ashner joined Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab in 2005. She is responsible for all fundraising and public relations.  A native of New Orleans, Ashner has called Memphis home for the last 28 years.  She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a past board member.  She is a member of the Association of Jewish Aging Services and is the immediate past chair of the Jewish Community Partners’ Senior Services Collaborative.  Ashner received the 2017 Association of Jewish Aging Services Professional of the Year Award as well as the 2017 Outstanding Fundraising Executive Crystal Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Memphis Chapter.

Kimberly Avery, BBA, MBA, JD

Chief Executive Officer/Administrator Mid- South Pulmonary Specialists, PC 5050 Poplar Ave, Suite 800 Memphis, TN 38157 901-276-2662 mspulmonary.com

Avery graduated with a BBA in International Business, an MBA in Healthcare Economics and a Juris Doctorate all from the University of Memphis. She was named administrator of Mid-South Pulmonary Specialists, PC, in


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 September of 1998. Since then, she helped grow the practice from five physicians to 30 providers specializing in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.  Success has come from working with all three hospital systems in Memphis as well as embracing change and being willing to constantly restructure the way the physicians practice in order to meet the needs of the evolving healthcare market.  Having such high-quality physicians who care about their patients has also been an integral part of the success of Mid-South Pulmonary Specialists, P.C. 

Frederick M. Azar, MD Chief of Staff – Campbell Clinic Campbell Clinic 1400 South Germantown Road Germantown TN, 38138 901-759-3100 campbellclinic.com

Dr. Azar joined Campbell Clinic in August of 1995 and currently serves as Chief of Staff. Azar specializes in elbows, knees, shoulders and sports medicine working with the Memphis Grizzlies, University of Memphis Tiger athletics program and Rhodes College athletics.  A 1982 graduate of University of Notre Dame, Azar then graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1989.  He completed his residency at UT Campbell Clinic in 1994.  Azar is also a professor at UT-Campbell Clinic, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. 

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DR. MIKE THRELKELD | DR. STEVE THRELKELD | DR. IMAD OMER Dr. Mike Threlkeld, the founder of Threlkeld Infectious Disease, graduated from UTCHS with highest honors in 1983. In addition to serving as President of Threlkeld ID, he also holds the position of hospital epidemiologist at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis and is an assistant professor for the UTCHS program here. Dr. Steve Threlkeld, the brother of Mike, joined him in practice in 1997. He graduated magna cum laude from Rhodes College in Memphis where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He attended medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. Dr. Steve is currently President (2016) of the medical staff at Baptist Hospital - Memphis and serves as epidemiologist for the hospital and assistant professor for UTCHS. Dr. Imad Omer, the third physician to join the group in 2002, did his undergraduate studies in chemistry at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Board certified in infectious disease in 2002, he currently serves as assistant professor for UTCHS. As experts in infectious disease, we are called upon regularly to diagnose and treat very difficult and complex issues involving bacterial and viral infections. While most of our work is done in the hospitals, we do staff and maintain an outpatient clinic to help manage the care of those discharged from the hospital, as well as other patients referred to us by physicians in the MidSouth area for cellulitis, UTI, bone & joint infections, HIV, etc. Our physicians are also available to assist those traveling to foreign countries with the appropriate vaccinations and instructions for protecting oneself in those lands.

To refer a patient to Threlkeld Infectious Disease, please call 901.685.3490.

We address the health care needs of those in the Shelby County region & surrounding areas by providing outstanding & compassionate care. Jeremy Avila, MD Reuben W. Avila, MD John B. Buttross, MD Tommy J. Campbell, MD Laura Engbretson, MD E. Arthur Franklin, MD Maher Ghawji, MD Malini Gupta, MD Ara J. Hanissian, MD Gina R. Hanissian, MD Gregory Hanissian, MD Raza Hashmi, MD

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For more information visit our website: MedicalOfMemphis.com or call 901.261.0700

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B David Baytos

President Methodist Olive Branch Hospital 4250 Bethel Rd. Olive Branch, MS 38654 662-932-9000

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Baytos was named CEO of Methodist Olive Branch Hospital in 2009. In this role he oversaw the development, construction and operations of the hospital, which was the first newly licensed hospital approved in Mississippi in 25 years when it opened in August 2013. Baytos has been with Methodist since 1998 and is the former President of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. He received a Master of Healthcare Administration from Xavier University, and currently serves on the Boards of several business, community and educational organizations in Mississippi and Tennessee.

Lindsey Blevins, LPC-MHSP

Business Development Director Lakeside Behavioral Health System 2911 Brunswick Road Memphis, TN 38133 901-377-4700 901-633-5605 mobile

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Blevins is a native of Wisconsin and holds her master’s degree in counseling from Concordia University-Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Development from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She worked as a direct care counselor and counseling manager for a local non-profit for almost 8 years before transitioning to Lakeside to work in business development. Since starting at Lakeside in 2017, she has held multiple roles 12 Memphis Medical News

including, Business Development Representative-Clinical Services, School Liaison, Assistant Director of Business Development, and now Director of Business Development.

Daniel Boyd, MD

Chief Medical Officer Lakeside Behavioral Health System 2911 Brunswick Road Memphis, TN 38133 901-377-4700

www.lakesidebhs.com

Dr. Boyd was named Chief Medical Officer in November 2020. He has been a part of the Lakeside family since 1996. Dr. Boyd is a graduate of University of Tennessee School of Medicine (1990), completed a Pediatric Internship at Baylor College of Medicine (1990-1991), and was a Psychiatry Resident at Vanderbilt School of Medicine (1990-1994). He is board certified in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. He is a member of the Tennessee Medical Association and Memphis & Shelby County Medical Society. As a teaching hospital, Lakeside supports residents from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Medicine, where Dr. Boyd has served as Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry since 2009. Dr. Boyd is also on the Medical Executive Committee of Lakeside and the Medical Director of Lakeside’s Neuroscience Center.

Kennard D. Brown, JD, MPA,

PhD, FACHE Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer University of Tennessee Health Science Center Hyman Administration Building 62 S. Dunlap, Suite 219 Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-4797 kbrown@uthsc.edu

As executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at UTHSC, Brown is responsible for the campus central administration and management of the day-to-day operations. Brown, who has been with the university for approximately two decades, began his UTHSC career in the Office of the General Counsel. He has served as director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Office of Employee Relations, and the Center on Health Disparities. He is an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy and the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine. He also manages the Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Solutions and the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center.

Thomas Brown

Administrator Eye Specialty Group & Ridgelake Ambulatory Surgery Center Chief Executive Officer Provident Practice Management Services, LLC 825 Ridge Lake Blvd Memphis, TN 38120 901-685-2200 www.eyespecialty group.com

Brown graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and the University of


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He has over twenty years of healthcare industry experience with legal and management responsibilities in hospitals, medical practices and ambulatory surgery center settings. He moved to Memphis in 2006 to serve as Administrator of Eye Specialty Group and Ridge Lake Ambulatory Surgery Center. In 2015, he assumed the role as CEO of Provident Practice Management Services. Brown is a Certified Ophthalmic Executive and his professional memberships include the American Academy of Ophthalmic Administrators Medical Group Management Association and the Alabama State Bar Association.

Denise Burke

Partner Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive Memphis, TN 38120 901-288-1651

ence” in 2017.  She is also ranked in Healthcare by Mid-South Super Lawyers ®. She serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Health Law & Policy at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and the Common Table Health Alliance.

denise.burke@ wallerlaw.com

Burke is an accomplished healthcare attorney providing special regulatory counsel to private equity companies, hospitals, physicians, medical device companies and other healthcare clients on a wide range of complex regulatory/ compliance, operations and transactional issues.  She is a prior Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Section and was named a Fellow of the Nashville Health Care Council in 2016.  Burke has been consistently recognized by Best Lawyers for the past decade, including 2012’s “Lawyer of the Year” in healthcare law for the Memphis and West Tennessee area and as a “Woman of Influ-

Robert Burns

Principal/CEO Clearly MD 8110 North Brother Blvd Memphis, TN  38133 901-373-8949 clearlymd.com    

Having managed medical practices for over 30 years, Burns currently serves as owner and CEO for ClearlyMD Practice Solutions and is responsible for the development and management of Memphis’ largest women’s health practice, Memphis Obstetrics and Gynecological Association, PC (MOGA). A graduate of Memphis State University, (now University

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 of Memphis), Burns has consulted with multiple practices throughout his career, having been instrumental in many local practice start-ups, mergers and acquisitions.  ClearlyMD offers a full range of practice services including billing, human resources, marketing, IT, and financial management. Throughout the years, he has served in various positions with MGMA, OBGA, and Mid-South MGMA.

C Tommy Campbell, MD Board Chairman Consolidated Medical Practices of Memphis Cresthaven Internal Medicine 6799 Great Oaks Road, Suite 250 Memphis, TN 38138 901.821.8300 medicalof memphis.com

Dr. Campbell attended Delta State University and graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1983. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Memphis, and in 1986, he served as chief resident in his field. In 2013, Campbell attended Auburn University and earned his MBA. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In 2016, he served as president of the Memphis Medical Society.

Brad Canada, MD

Chief Medical Officer University Clinical Health 1407 Union Avenue, Ste 700 Memphis, TN 38104 901-866-8864 universityclinical health.com

Dr. Canada assumed the role of Chief Medical Officer for University Clinical Health in 2013. A boardcertified nephrologist, he joined

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the medical staff of UCH and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center faculty in 2004. He remains in the active practice of nephrology along with his administrative duties.

Zach Chandler

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-5137 Zach.chandler@ bmhcc.org         

Chandler is the executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care. After earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baylor University, he received a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Washington University School of Medicine. Before stepping into his current role, Chandler served as CEO of five different hospitals, as well as vice president and CEO of Baptist’s metro-Memphis and regional divisions. He serves on numerous boards, including those of Hospital Wing, Crestwyn Behavioral Health and American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board, and he is a member of the Health Innovators Professional Society.

Harris L. Cohen, MD, FACR

Radiologist-in-Chief Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 848 Adams Ave. Memphis, TN 38103 901-287-6030 info@lebonheur.org

Dr. Cohen is the Radiologist-inChief and medical director of radiology at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He serves as executive chair of radiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He completed his medical degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He completed a fel-

lowship in diagnostic radiology at Children’s Hospital, National Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology with special qualifications in pediatric radiology and certificate in diagnostic radiology. His patient care emphasis includes diagnostic imaging, gastrointestinal disease, neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, pediatric, adolescent and OB/ GYN ultrasonography.

Allison Cook

Director, Communications and Marketing Memphis Medical Society and MedTemps 1067 Cresthaven Road Memphis, TN 381193833 901-761-0200 mdmemphis.org

Cook has more than 17 years of experience in media, marketing and communications. She stood as editor for a statewide magazine for many years, and she worked with a variety of industries as a marketing strategist for a full-service marketing firm. Most recently, Cook served as the executive director for Memphis Farmers Market, where she led the organization in growth and expansion. Cook is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She current sits on the board of Mid-South MGMA and is a member of PRSA Memphis.

Susan Cooper, RN, MSN, FAAN

Senior Vice President and Chief Integration Officer Regional One Health 877 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-545-7100 regionalonehealth.org

Cooper joined Regional One Health in 2013 with a focus on population health and the health care delivery model of


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 the future. Cooper earned her nursing degrees from Vanderbilt University, where she later served as a faculty member and assistant dean of the School of Nursing. Appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen in 2007, Cooper served as the Commissioner of the Department of Health, State of Tennessee, for five years. In 2011, Cooper transitioned to the Governor’s Office, working on health and wellness related special projects. Cooper is a member of the QSource Board of Directors and has been recognized by the University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing as one of their 50 Leaders in 50 Years. Her work with complex care patients has been recognized nationally by America’s Essential Hospitals, and Cooper and her complex care team recently presented at the Camden Coalition’s national annual conference.  

Reginald Coopwood, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer Regional One Health 877 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-545-7100 regionalonehealth.org

Dr. Coopwood has been the President and CEO of Regional One Health since March 2010. Prior to joining Regional One Health, Dr. Coopwood served in leadership roles including CEO and CMO in other health systems. Dr. Coopwood’s work at Regional One Health is complemented by his commitment to the health and well-being of the individuals in our community. Dr. Coopwood serves as a board member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and the Memphis Medical District Collaborative. He is an alumnus of Leadership Memphis. Dr. Coopwood serves on the Tennessee Hospital Association Board of Directors and is a member of the American Hospital Association’s Nomination Committee. He has earned numerous honors for memphismedicalnews.com

his work in healthcare over the years, including Inside Memphis Business’ CEO of the Year in 2014; and the Tennessee Hospital Association’s CEO Meritorious Service Award in 2011, the Diversity Champion Award in 2013 and the President’s Award in 2016.

Martin Croce, MD

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Regional One Health 877 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-545-7100 regionalonehealth.org

Dr. Croce transitioned to the role of chief medical officer in August of 2018 after a lengthy and distinguished career in one of the busiest trauma centers in the United States – the Elvis Presley Trauma Center at Regional One Health. As chief medical officer, Dr. Croce oversees quality, medical research, medical staff services, regulatory readiness and infection prevention for the system. Dr. Croce earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). He completed a surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida before returning to Memphis. He completed a residency and internship with UTHSC that started his career in the Trauma Center at Regional One Health, where he served as medical director 2000 to 2018. Dr. Croce’s work focuses heavily on quality initiatives, enhancing the physician/administration relationship and exploring new opportunities for patient care.

André K. Cromwell, MBA, MSN, RN

Chief Executive Officer      Delta Specialty Hospital 3000 Getwell Road Memphis, TN 38118 901-369-8518

Andre.Cromwell@ Deltamedcenter.com

Cromwell joined Acadia Healthcare in 2019 with over 23 years of progressive leadership experience. He previously served as the Chief Nursing Officer of Millwood Hospital in Arlington, Texas. Cromwell received his Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing and Business Leadership from Washington Adventist University. He has served in a variety of roles and settings within the healthcare industry. Research shows that there is a direct correlation between a developed workforce and improved patient outcomes. For this reason, he is dedicated to the education and development of staff, at all levels of the organization. Cromwell is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Rebecca Cullison, FACHE President Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital 7691 Poplar Ave. Germantown, TN 38138 901-516-6994 methodisthealth. org/Germantown

Cullison is the president of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. She began her career with Methodist in 2004 as an administrative resident after graduate school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Over the years she has held numerous positions with increasing responsibili-

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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

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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


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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 around the globe. Downing is a renowned leader in pediatric cancer research. His work is focused on understanding the genetic basis of cancer and using that information to improve treatments. He was instrumental in launching the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project, an ambitious sequencing effort to discover why childhood cancer arises, spreads and resists treatment. Beyond research, Dr. Downing has been a driving force to take St. Jude to the world. Under his tenure, the hospital has developed a program solely focused on raising pediatric cancer survival rates internationally. 

E James W. Eubanks, III, MD

Chief of Pediatric Surgery Surgeon-in-Chief Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 848 Adams Ave. Memphis, TN 38103 901-287-6030 info@lebonheur.org

Dr. Eubanks is chief of pediatric surgery and surgeon-in-chief at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He is also a professor of surgery and pediatric and division chief of pediatric surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Eubanks earned his medical degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He completed his residency at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a fellowship in pediatric surgery The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery with a special qualification in pediatric surgery. His patient care emphasis includes thoracic surgery (including Pectus Excavatum), trauma surgery, cancer surgery, and surgery of IBD.

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F Susan P. Ferguson, RN

Vice President and System Chief Nurse Executive Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-7477 Susan.ferguson@ bmhcc.org      

Ferguson is Baptist Memorial Health Care’s vice president and system chief nurse executive. During her 30-year-plus Baptist career, Ferguson has served in a variety of roles throughout the system, most recently as system nursing director for clinical value analysis/specialty care/patient safety, where she managed patient safety and quality initiatives and performed a number of other duties. Prior to serving as the system nursing director, Ferguson served as Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville’s CNO; system director of nursing; director of nursing administration; director of oncology services; and CNO for Baptist Memorial hospitals in the metro-Memphis area, West Tennessee and East Arkansas. Ferguson began her career in the emergency department at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Medical Center.

George Flinn, MD

President and Founder Flinn Imaging Centers 1325 Eastmoreland Suite 545 Memphis, TN 38104 901.516-8970 www.flinnimaging centers.com

Dr. George Flinn founded Flinn Imaging Center (as Diagnostic Ultrasound Consultants) in 1975. The practice expanded to offer mammography, X-ray, CT and MRI. Today, Flinn Imaging Centers continue to expand services with

6 offices in Memphis and Southaven, Miss. Same day exams with instant reporting are standard operation. And Flinn Imaging Centers treats every patient with care and precision and maintains the mission statement “We treat you like family.”  

Bill Fox

Chief Executive Officer and Administrator Baptist Memorial Restorative Care Hospital 6019 Walnut Grove Road Memphis, TN 38120 901-226-1049 Bill.fox@bmhcc.org

Fox is the CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial Restorative Care Hospital. He is responsible for executive management operations, ancillary services, the business office, pharmacy and medical records. Fox has more than 20 years of hospital management experience and has served in leadership roles in hospitals all over the country. Prior to joining Baptist, he was the regional market director/ chief executive officer, Las Vegas and Albuquerque, for Acadiana Management Group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and economics from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

G Eric Gibson

Principal/Chief Financial Officer Clearly MD 8110 North Brother Blvd Memphis, TN  38133 901-373-2459 clearlymd.com    

For the last 20 years, Gibson has worked exclusively in healthcare and physician practice management and consulting. His


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 experience includes financial and operational management services, information technology solutions, and benefits and human resources administration. He is a graduate of Union University, most recently served as the 2020 president of the MidSouth MGMA and serves as the 2021 Chair of Member Services for the Tennessee MGMA.

Anna Joy Golden, MSN

DELIVERING EXCELLENCE Delivering Excellence to Women Chief Executive Officer WOMEN ALL AGES Lakeside Behavioral of All Ages TO for Over 30 OF Years Health System 2911 Brunswick Road Memphis, TN 38133 901-377-4700

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Golden has worked in the healthcare industry in the Memphis area for a number of years. Joining Lakeside in 2000, she held several roles as staff nurse, house supervisors, CNO, and COO.  In 2012, she moved into the role of CEO.  Golden has served as an active member of the Tennessee Hospital Association Board of Directors and is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.  Golden holds a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations Management. 

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Teresa Golden, RN, BSOL

Practice Manager Mid- South Pulmonary Specialists, PC 5050 Poplar Ave, Suite 800 Memphis, TN 38157 901-276-2662

8110 Brother Blvd. Bartlett, TN 38133

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Golden has been with Mid-South Pulmonary Specialists for 25 years. She has an Associate of Science in Nursing from Southwest Community College.  She also has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Healthcare

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Management from Union University. She attributes the success of Mid-South Pulmonary Specialists, P.C. to working with highly skilled physicians who practice within the scope of their knowledge base, yet remain flexible and easily adaptable to changes in the healthcare market.   

Mitch Graves

Chief Executive Officer West Cancer Center 7945 Wolf River Blvd Germantown, TN 38138 901-683-0055 

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Graves brings a wealth of experience to West Cancer Center with over 30 years in healthcare leadership positions. Prior to West Cancer Center, he served as President and CEO of HealthChoice LLC. Graves was a senior executive with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare for over 25 years before leading HealthChoice. Mitch is extremely active in the community having served on many boards, he is currently Chairman of MLGW and on the finance committee of the Church Health Center.  

Bill Greenfield

Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer Consolidated Medical Practices of Memphis 1555 C Lynnfield Road, Suite 200 Memphis, TN 38119 615-714-9336

bgreenfield@medical ofmemphis.com

Greenfield serves as Executive Vice President and CAO of Consolidated Medical Practices of Memphis, one of the largest multispecialty groups in the region. Prior to joining CMPM, he was CEO of Novation Healthcare Solutions, a healthcare consultancy based in Dallas and Denver. He was also

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Western Group Vice President at HCA Physician Services and held a number of senior executive positions with physician practice/ hospital management companies over his 30 years in the healthcare industry. Greenfield holds a B.A. and Master of Healthcare Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and was a post graduate Fellow at Texas Children’s Hospital. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a Certified Medical Practice Executive.

Bill Griffin

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-7014

Bill.griffin@bmhcc.org  

Griffin received his Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi in 1982. He then began his career in public accounting, working 11 years with top accounting firms Arthur Andersen and KPMG Peat Marwick. In 1993, he joined Baptist Memorial Health Care and has served as the chief financial officer for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, chief financial officer for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis and corporate system director of finance. In 2000, Griffin was promoted to vice president of corporate finance and also served as corporate privacy and security officer. He was promoted to EVP/CFO in December 2015. He is a certified public accountant, a chartered global management accountant, a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and an HFMA-certified healthcare financial professional.

H Kevin Hammeran

Chief Executive Officer and Administrator Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women The Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital 6225 Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-9106 Kevin.hammeran@ bmhcc.org

Hammeran is the CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital. Prior to assuming these roles, Hammeran served as senior vice president and chief operating officer at New York Presbyterian. In that role, he was the chief administrative officer of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Sloane Hospital for Women. Hammeran also served as executive vice president and COO for Miami Children’s Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. He also held various key leadership roles at The Children’s Hospital in Boston and Geisinger Children’s Hospital Center (now Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger) in Danville, Pennsylvania.

Chip Harris

Administrator Neurology Clinic 8000 Centerview Pkwy #300 Cordova TN 38018 901-255-7155 charris@neuro clinic.org www.neurology clinic.org

Harris is a Memphian who for the past 15 years has served as administrator at the Neurology Clinic in Cordova. The clinic includes eight physicians, two nurse practitioners, a sleep, research and MRI center.


INCHARGE HEALTHCARE 2021 Harris has worked with various hospitals as an administrator including Baptist Hospital in the early 1980’s. He has a BS in Biology from Rhodes College and a master’s degree in hospital administration from Washington University in St. Louis. 

Parker Harris, MHA                

2021 President        MidSouth Healthcare Executive (ACHE) Chief Executive Officer / Administrator Baptist Memorial Hospital- Tipton/ Baptist Cancer Center 1995 Hwy 51 South Covington, TN 38019 901-475-5500

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Harris will continue in 2021 to be the President of the MidSouth Healthcare Executives which is the West Tennessee chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also serves as the CEO and administrator of the Baptist hospital in Covington, Tennessee. In addition to the hospital, Harris oversees oncology operations in the West Tennessee, and Memphis metro markets. Harris graduated from the University of Memphis’s Master of Healthcare Administration program in 2016.

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Alisa Haushalter, DNP, RN, PHNA� BC

Director Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) 814 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38105 901-222-9080 alisa.haushalter@ shelbycountytn.gov

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 partment in 2016. The mission of the local health department is to protect, promote and improve the health of All in Shelby County. She provides overall leadership to the SCHD, with services ranging from environmental health to clinical to health promotion services. Haushalter earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a specialty in public health leadership from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where she is currently a faculty member. She provides a public health perspective on several boards including the United Way, Community Foundation and Church Health. Alisa is currently serving as the Tennessee Public Health Association president. She has received several awards and honors as a transformational leader and brings more than 37 years of public health experience to her role. 

Brian Hogan

Chief Executive Officer and Administrator Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto 7601 Southcrest Pkwy. Southaven, MS 38671 662-772-2118 Brian.hogan@ bmhcc.org

Hogan became the CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in 2020. He came to Baptist DeSoto as an associate administrator in 2016 after holding several leadership roles at Baptist Memorial hospitals, including as CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital in Germantown, Tennessee. He began his Baptist career in 1994 as a head nurse in Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis’ orthopedic and neurology unit.

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Karen Howard, MSN, RN

Interim Chief Nursing Officer Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 848 Adams Ave. Memphis, TN 38103 901-287-6030 info@lebonheur.org

Howard is the current Senior Director of Emergency Services, is serving as Le Bonheur’s interim Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Karen’s knowledge of Le Bonheur, respect among her colleagues, and experience in interim leadership helps to advance various clinical initiatives as Le Bonheur conducts a national search for a permanent CNO. Howard earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Phoenix. She received her Master of Science in nursing from Walden University. She is certified in pediatric emergency nursing. Howard is also certified by the nurse executive board.

Linda Hughlett, RNC, DNP, CNM

Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services Regional One Health 877 Jefferson Ave Memphis, TN 38103 901-545-7100

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Hughlett joined Regional One Health in 2016 as a nurse manager in women’s services. Since that time, she has been promoted to Director of Women and Neonatal Services, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, and eventually Chief Nursing Officer in 2020. Hughlett spent her early nursing years working in acute care, emergency and critical care before discovering her love for obstetrics and women’s services. Hughlett studied at Vanderbilt University, earning her masters and doctorate degrees. Hughlett is also a Certified Nurse Midwife and spent 10 years in a faculty practice at Vanderbilt before moving to Memphis and Regional One Health.

J Chris Jenkins

Chief Operating Officer Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett 2986 Kate Bond Bartlett, TN 38133 901-820-7000 www.SaintFrancis Bartlett.com

As Chief Operating Officer, Jenkins oversees day-to-day operations at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett. Prior to arriving at Saint Francis, he served as Executive Director of UT Methodist Physicians at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Jenkins was responsible for overseeing all adult academic faculty physicians, inpatient and outpatient operations spanning Methodist Healthcare across 19 different specialties. Previously at Methodist Le Bonheur he was Administrator of Clinical Operations for University Hospital. Additionally, Jenkins has served as Administrator of the Tulane Cancer Center in New Orleans.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Montana and Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Memphis. In 2010, Jenkins was honored by the Memphis Business Journal as a Top 40 under40 recipient. In 2013, he was named the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year for Tennessee by the American College of Healthcare Executives. Jenkins is currently vice-president for Lakeland Chamber of Commerce.

Kimble L. Jenkins Chief Executive Officer OrthoSouth 6077 Primacy Parkway, Suite 140 Memphis, TN 38119 901-641-3000 orthosouth.org

Jenkins joined MSK Group, P.C. as CEO in 2017. In 2019, the individual practices within the group – Memphis Orthopaedic


INCHARGE HEALTHCARE 2021 Group, OrthoMemphis, and Tabor Orthopedics – rebranded together as the single entity OrthoSouth. Jenkins previously served as CEO of MRI Interventions, Inc., a publicly traded medical device company.

Florence Jones, DNP, RN, NEA-BC President Methodist North Hospital 3960 New Covington Pike Memphis, TN 38128 901-516-5200

one of nine Magnet-designated hospitals in Tennessee. Less than ten percent of hospitals in the country hold the Magnet designation. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Murray State University, a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Evansville, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Union University.

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Jones is President of Methodist North. In 2013, she was named vice president and chief Nursing officer (CNO) in 2013. Previously, she served as CNO at Methodist South Hospital starting in 2008. Under her leadership, Methodist North Hospital received the Magnet Designation and is now

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K Pat Keel, FHFMA

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer Executive VicePresident St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN, 38105 901-595-3300 Stjude.org

Keel serves as chief financial officer and senior vice president at St. Jude. With more than 25 years of experience in health care, Keel oversees numerous departments vital to campus operations, including Environmental Services, Facilities Design and Construction, Facilities Operations and Maintenance, Food Services, Biomedical Engineering, the Gift Shop and Security. Keel will

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 continue to lead Human Resources and Financial Service. She joined the institution in February 2016 to help St. Jude launch a new, six-year strategic plan focused on significantly expanding clinical care and research programs.  As CFO, Keel has played an integral part in shepherding program growth and campus expansion as outlined in the hospital’s six-year strategic plan. In her time at St. Jude, Keel has implemented programs that led to millions of dollars in annual savings for the hospital.

William Kim

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Regional One Health 877 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-545-7100 regionalonehealth.org

Kim joined Regional One Health as senior vice president and chief information officer in December 2018. In this role, he is responsible for all information technology services at Regional One Health, including strategic planning, tactical roadmap, and operational excellence. Kim leads efforts to build and implement enterprisewide information systems and solutions that support clinical and business operations. Kim has more than 20 years of information technology services leadership experience across diverse health systems, including large-scale public, private, and university integrated delivery network systems. Kim is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles.

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Carla Kirkland, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, FNPBC, ENP-BC

President Tennessee Nurses Association 545 Mainstream Drive, Suite 405 Nashville, TN 372281296 615-254-0350 president@ tnaonline.org

Kirkland has been a Nurse Practitioner in the Saint Francis Memphis Emergency Department for 14 years. She previously worked as an RN in Critical Care and as an NP for Preventive Internal Medicine Group. She received her BSN at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and graduate degree at University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In her work with Tennessee Nurses Association, she works to support professional nurses in our state and to advocate for improved access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Tennesseans.

Tina Kovacs, MBA Market Chief Financial Officer Saint Francis Healthcare 5959 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38119 901-765-1000

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Kovacs serves as the Market Chief Financial Officer for Saint Francis Healthcare and is responsible for the financial operations of Saint Francis Bartlett and Saint Francis Memphis. Originally from New Orleans, La., Kovacs graduated from Loyola University with an accounting degree and then earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Orleans. She has worked for the hospital’s parent company, Tenet Healthcare, since 2001, when she was hired as a controller. Continuing to move up the career ladder, she worked as the assistant CFO for a large hospital in El Paso,

Texas before moving to CFO of Saint Francis Bartlett and then to CFO for the Saint Francis market.

L Chuck Lane

Chief Financial Officer Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare 1211 Union Ave., Suite 700 Memphis, TN 38104 901-516-0791 methodisthealth.org

Lane serves as SVP/chief financial officer for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH). Lane joined MLH in 1996, where he served as project facilitator for the corporate finance department and director of business planning for the MLH corporate division. He was promoted to CFO for Methodist University Hospital (MUH) in 2001. After leading MUH for 16 years, Lane was promoted in 2017 to senior vice president/associate CFO for the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system. He received both a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.

Ann Langston

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Opportunities Church Health 1350 Concourse Ave.                       Memphis, TN 38104 901-272-7170 langstona@ churchhealth.org  

Langston attended Southern Methodist University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts and J.D. degrees. She practiced law in Atlanta and Memphis for 22 years before joining Church Health in 1999. She has served as Director, Chief Strategic Officer and is now the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Opportunities with Church Health. She currently serves on the Boards of the Com-


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 munity Redevelopment Agency, the Foundation of Southwest Tennessee Community College and St. John’s United Methodist Church.  

John A. Lewis

Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Semmes Murphey Clinic, PC 6325 Humphreys Boulevard Memphis, Tennessee 38120 901-522-2615    semmes-murphey.com

Lewis is Administrator and CEO at Semmes Murphey Clinic, PC, where he is involved in all phases of leading the operation and setting strategic direction. With 25-plus years of leadership experience in multiple industries, including manufacturing, distribution and healthcare, Lewis has spent the last 18 years at Semmes Murphey Clinic, PC. He completed his Master of Business Administration at Christian Brothers University, and he is a Certified Public Accountant, a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives and Certified in IT Project Management.

Wendy M. Likes, PhD, DNSc, FAANP

Dean, College of Nursing, Ruth Neil Murry Endowed Chair University of Tennessee Health Science Center 920 Madison Ave., 10th Floor 901-448-6135

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Jason Little

President and Chief Executive Officer Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-5134 Jason.little@ bmhcc.org

Little is Baptist Memorial Health Care’s president and CEO. He is the fifth president in Baptist’s history, and under his leadership Baptist has grown from a 14-hospital system to a 22-hospital, $3.1 billion integrated health care system. Little received his bachelor’s degree in health administration from the University of Tennessee, where he received the prestigious Whittle Scholarship and was elected student body president. He earned master’s degrees in business administration and health care administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He came to Baptist in 2002 after serving as an operations administrator at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2011, Little received the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Early Career Healthcare Executive Award. He serves on boards of the Greater Memphis Chamber, Memphis Tomorrow, the New Memphis Institute, the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Hospital Alliance of Tennessee, the Mississippi Hospital Association, the Healthcare Institute, the University of Memphis Foundation, Briarcrest Christian School, and the Senior Protection Coalition.

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Chris Locke

Chief Executive Officer Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett Market Chief Operating Officer Saint Francis Healthcare 2986 Kate Bond Rd. Bartlett, TN 38133 901-820-7000 www.SaintFrancis Bartlett.com

Locke joined Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett as CEO in 2015, having previously served as the hospital’s interim CEO in 2012. Locke’s leadership experience in the healthcare field includes serving as chief operating officer of Atlanta Medical Center where he excelled in operations, physician engagement, team building and strategic planning. He also served as the chief operating officer at Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin, Ga. and Wellington Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Fla. Locke serves as Chairman of the Board of the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Master of Health Administration degree from Washington University at St. Louis School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Kansas.

Will Lowes

Director of Strategy Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett 2986 Kate Bond Rd. Bartlett, TN 38133 901-820-7050 www.SaintFrancis Bartlett.com

Lowes has 20 years of experience in healthcare administration. During his tenure as Director of Strategy, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett he had added an additional 96 inpatient beds, opened a free-standing imaging center, earned chest pain center accreditation, and developed a growing physician network. Lowes also serves as President of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

He received his BA in Business Administration from Mississippi State University and Master of Business Administration degree and Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

M Jon McCullers, MD

Pediatrician-in-Chief Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 848 Adams Ave. Memphis, TN 38103 901-287-6030 info@lebonheur.org

Dr. McCullers is the Pediatricianin-Chief at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He is also the Senior Executive Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Chief Operating Officer for the College of Medicine and Dunavant Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He earned his medical degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed his fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. His research interest includes influenza viruses and viral-bacterial synergism. Dr. McCullers is a pandemic expert who serves in multiple roles related to the Coronavirus pandemic in Shelby County. McCullers serves on the city and county COVID-19 task force, the Back to Business reopening subcommittee, and the Back-to-School Task Force formed in collaboration with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Bobby G. Meadows III

Executive Director Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab 36 Bazeberry Road Cordova, TN 38018 901-758-0036 bmeadows@ memphis jewishhome.org

Meadows joined Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab in 2013 after 13 years in the nursing home industry, 11 of those as an executive director. He attended Marshall University and then the University of Alabama where he earned a business degree in healthcare management.  He began his work in nursing homes as a CNA and worked his way up to being a licensed nursing home administrator.  Meadows currently serves on the National Board for the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS), the Tennessee Healthcare Association Board as Nonprofit Council Vice President, and the Tennessee Health Care Association (THCA) Memphis District Board as Vice President.  He was named 2016 National Young Executive Leader by AJAS, was highlighted and named Healthcare Leader in the October 2014 issue of Memphis Medical News and was named Tara Cares 2011 Administrator of the Year.

James Morgan, PhD

Scientific Director Executive Vice President St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 901-595-3300 stjude.org

Morgan is the scientific director and an executive vice president at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He was named chair of the Developmental Neurobiology Department in 2006. Under his leadership, the department

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became widely recognized for advancing knowledge of nervoussystem function and developing novel clinical therapies. Research in his laboratory has focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that contribute to normal and pathological neuronal death and differentiation. In his current role, Morgan facilitates basic science research and ensures that scientists have access to the resources they need to maximize their capabilities.

Officer of McDonald Murrmann Center for Wellness and Health and the Medical Director of McDonald Murrmann Center for Aesthetics and Laser. In 1996, she co-founded the all-female McDonald Murrmann Women’s Clinic with Dr. Mary McDonald believing that no one else could better understand or help deal with women’s issues better than women. Since that time, she has expanded on that concept and reinvented women’s healthcare to include a more integrated approach to women’s health—physiG. Scott Morris, cally, mentally, and aesthetically. In MD, M.Div. 2018 Dr. Murrmann spearheaded Chief Executive a change in the direction of the Officer & Founder clinic and rebranded the clinic to Church Health better fit the needs of the patients 1350 Concourse Ave.                                    and their overall health. The Memphis, TN 38104 clinic and the other providers are 901-272-7170 focusing on preventative, integramorriss@ tive, and restorative medicine churchhealth.org along with many added services. Dr. Morris has an undergraduate McDonald Murrmann Center for degree from the University of VirWellness and Health also includes ginia, a Master of Divinity degree McDonald Murrmann Center for from Yale University, and MD from Aesthetics and Laser to cover Emory University. He is a board360º of women’s health. certified family practice physician Dr Murrmann, graduated from and an ordained United Methodist the University of Tennessee in minister. Since its founding by OB/GYN, specializes in minimally Morris in 1987, Church Health has invasive surgery, bio-identical provided quality, affordable health hormones, and has recently comcare for working, uninsured people pleted her fellowship in Anti-aging and their families. It has grown to and Functional Medicine through become the largest faith-based the American Academy of Anticlinic of its type in the country. Aging Medicine.

Susan G. Murrmann, MD FACOG

Chief Medical Officer/ Medical Director McDonald Murrmann Center for Wellness and Health McDonald Murrmann Center for Skin and Laser 7205 Wolf River Blvd Suite 150 Germantown, TN 38138 901-752-4000 mmcwh360.com

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O Rola A. Obaji

Chief Executive Officer McDonald Murrmann Center for Wellness and Health 7205 Wolf River Blvd Suite 150 Germantown, TN 38138 901-752-4000 mmcwh360.com

Obaji has twenty-two years of healthcare experience in the Memphis area, including previously serving as CEO of Integrity Oncol-

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 ogy Foundation. She was a key player in developing and implementing the vision and expansion of the McDonald Murrmann Center for Wellness and Health and now serves as CEO of the group. Obaji has served as chair of the American Cancer Society Gala for several years and started the UT/West Cancer Institute Gala in 2019. She and her husband, Dr. Suhail Obaji, an oncologist at West Cancer Center, reside in Memphis.

P Brad Parsons

Chief Executive Officer and Administrator Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis 6019 Walnut Grove Road Memphis, TN 38120 901-226-0505 Brad.parsons@ bmhcc.org

Parsons is the CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial Health Care’s flagship entity, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Parsons previously served as administrator and CEO of NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, NEA Baptist Clinic and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City. He began his career with Baptist as an assistant administrator at Baptist Memorial HospitalGolden Triangle in 2008. Parsons holds a bachelor’s degree from Birmingham Southern College and master’s degrees in hospital administration and business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Keith Perry

Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN, 38105 901-595-3300 Stjude.org

After Joining St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2015 as Chief Information Officer, Perry was given the task of finding the best way to support the staff of researchers and clinicians at St. Jude with technology that advances at a rapid pace. That includes making sure St. Jude acquires technology that improves the way clinicians and doctors treat and follow up with patients. It also ensures researchers have top notch technology to conduct experiments and store data derived from those experiments. A result of his work is St. Jude Cloud, an online data-sharing and collaboration platform that provides researchers access to the world’s largest public repository of pediatric cancer genomics data. St. Jude Cloud was developed through a partnership between St. Jude and Microsoft. 

Jenny BartlettPrescott

Chief Operating Officer Church Health 1350 Concourse Ave. Memphis, TN 38104 901-272-7170 prescottj@ churchhealth.org

Bartlett-Prescott is the COO at Church Health, where she has served in a variety of leadership positions since 1997. She has a master’s degree in epidemiology and is the leader driving quality improvement throughout the organization. She is also the leader of integrated health at Church Health.

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Nikki S. Polis, PhD, RN

Chief Nurse Executive Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare 1211 Union Ave., Suite 700 Memphis, TN 38104 901-516-0840 methodisthealth.org

Polis joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in January 2012 as chief nurse executive. Polis is responsible for creating and communicating the vision and direction for nursing within Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. In addition, she provides strategic leadership and supports a progressive professional practice environment that promotes excellence in patient care and nursing practice, with an emphasis aon accelerating our organization’s commitment to patient- and family-centered care. Polis has a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from University of Kentucky, a Master of Science degree from The Ohio State University and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University.

R Sylvia Richey, MD, FACP Chief Medical Officer West Cancer Center 7945 Wolf River Blvd Germantown, TN  38138 901-683-0055 westcancercenter.org

Dr. Richey joined West Cancer Center and Research Institute in 2005 and was recently named Chief Medical Officer. Her undergraduate degree is from Vanderbilt University and she received her medical training at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed her Fellowship training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Richey has a focus on patient experience and knowledge of all operational aspects of the cancer center.


INCHARGE HEALTHCARE 2021 Tammie Ritchey, CRFE

Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Regional One Health Foundation 877 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-545-7100 regionalonehealth foundation.org

Ritchey has served as the leader of the Regional One Health Foundation since 2004. Prior to that, she served as Development Director for Girls Incorporated of Memphis. Tammie is a proud native Memphian, having graduated from Ridgeway High School and Rhodes College.  Tammie is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, an internationally recognized designation for philanthropic fundraising executives. She is a member of the Health Management Academy, the Association of Health Care Philanthropy, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Memphis Downtown Rotary Club, and a former President for Women of Achievement.

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Chief Financial Officer Church Health 1350 Concourse Ave.                                   Memphis, TN 38104 901-272-7170

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Prior to joining Church Health in 2007, Robbins worked in the banking world, serving as Vice President of Corporate Banking for BancorpSouth, as well as positions with Bank of America and Regions Bank. She is a past president of Mid-South Medical Group Management Association and is involved in many community projects and organizations including the Board of Advisors of Memphis Bioworks Foundation’s New Market Tax Credit Program, Tennessee

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INCHARGE HEALTHCARE 2021 ment of Oncology and holds the Lillian R. Cannon Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Endowed Chair. Dr. Roberts supports five major interdisciplinary research programs that are organized with the specific intent of translating basic science discoveries into curative therapies for children with cancer, while minimizing long-term side effects.

Charitable Care Network Association, and the Junior League of Memphis.

Charles W. M. Roberts, MD, PhD Executive Vice President Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 901-595-3300

S Eric Schnapp, JD MBA

Chief Executive Officer Mays & Schnapp Neurospine and Pain 55 Humphreys Center Drive Suite 200 Memphis, TN 38120 901-507-1595

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Dr. Roberts is director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and executive vice president at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude is home to the first and only National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Roberts also serves as full member in the Depart-

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rospine and Pain, a pain management practice providing comprehensive pain management to help relieve pain, restore function, and return patients to living their lives for over 20 years. Schnapp develops business strategies and manages company operations and growth, overseeing a staff of 60+ across clinical operations, physical therapy, and an ambulatory surgery center in multiple locations. Before joining Mays & Schnapp, Schnapp served as an attorney, working as a special prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office, as well as five years as a trial attorney specializing in medical malpractice and medical device and product liability litigation and thereafter, another two years focusing on healthcare and complex commercial litigation. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Emory University School of Law, a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University itself. Schnapp is a published author and regular contributor and presenter on legal and societal topics.

Steve J. Schwab, MD

Chancellor University of Tennessee Health Science Center Hyman Administration Building 62 S. Dunlap, Suite 220 Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-4796

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Dr. Schwab is a board-certified nephrologist and internist. In 2006, he was appointed executive dean for the UTHSC College of Medicine. He was appointed interim chancellor of UTHSC in 2009 and in 2010, was named chancellor of UTHSC, which is home to six doctoral health science colleges – Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions,


INCHARGE HEALTHCARE 2021 Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, as well as some of the state’s largest multispecialty faculty practice groups. 

David Schwartz, MD

Market Chief Medical Officer Saint Francis Hospital 5959 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38119 901-765-1000

Recognized Nationally. Loved Locally.

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In 2019, Dr. Schwartz assumed the role of CMO for the Mid-South Region that includes Saint Francis Memphis, TN; Saint Francis Bartlett, TN; Piedmont Medical Center, Charlotte, NC; East Cooper Medical Center, Coastal Carolina Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital in South Carolina. Dr. Schwartz oversees quality, patient safety, regulatory readiness, and medical staff services. Under his leadership, Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis earned the prestigious Advanced Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission. Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett received the distinction of being Accredited Chest Pain Centers from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, and have garnered disease-specific certifications for hip, knee and stroke from the Joint Commission.  He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine Residency at Tucson Medical Center. Before assuming his role at Saint Francis Healthcare, Schwartz was in a variety of administrative roles with Sentara Health System based in Woodbridge, Virginia and Vanguard Health Systems in Nashville.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Lee S. Schwartzberg, MD, FACP

Medical Director West Cancer Center Research Institute 7945 Wolf River Blvd Germantown, TN 38138 901-683-0055

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Dr. Schwartzberg is the Medical Director of West Cancer Center Research Institute and Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In 2019 he became founding Chief Medical Officer at OneOncology. Dr. Schwartzberg maintains an active medical oncology practice.

Daniel Shumate, MBA, MHA

Chief Executive Officer Campbell Clinic 1400 South Germantown Road Germantown TN, 38138 901-759-3100 dshumate@ campbellclinic.com www.campbell clinic.com

Shumate leads Campbell Clinic, an orthopaedic surgery group founded in Memphis in 1909. Prior to being named CEO in 2021, Shumate was the clinic’s CFO and had held that role since 2010. The organization employs over 50 providers and close to 600 employees at five locations across the Mid-South.

Randy Sites

Executive Director, UT Regional One Physicians Regional One Health 877 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-545-7100

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launch UT Regional One Physicians, a partnership between Regional One Health and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The practice includes more than 200 physicians and advanced practitioners in more than 20 specialties. Sites earned both his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Alabama with concentrations in finance and health administration. Prior to joining UT Regional One Physicians, Sites spent several years as the Chief Revenue Cycle Officer at University of Mississippi Medical Center, University Physicians and has worked with several leading health systems and physician practice management firms.

Tim Slocum, FACHE

Interim President and Chief Operating Officer Methodist University Hospital 1265 Union Ave. Memphis, TN 38104 901-516-7000 methodisthealth. org/university

Slocum joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in October 2019 as Chief Operating Officer for Methodist University Hospital and serves as interim president. Prior to that, he was vice president of Systems Support Services for Navient Health in Macon, Georgia. During his 16-year career with Navicent, Slocum was responsible for Facilities Management, Medical Real Estate, Construction, Safety & Emergency Management, Food & Nutrition Services, Patient Transport, Wellness Services, Environmental Services, Clinical Engineering, Police, Parking and Cardiopulmonary Rehab Departments. Slocum also assisted with efforts in programmatic developments for oncology. Slocum has also had success in implementing LEAN techniques to improve efficiencies. Prior to that, he was

assistant vice president at the system’s 637-bed tertiary teaching hospital. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mercer University, and he has both an MBA and an MS in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  

Andreana Smith, MBA, CMPE

2021 President Midsouth MGMA Director of Clinical Administration Church Health 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 142 Memphis, TN 38104 901.272.0003 ext. 2153 smitha@church health.org

Smith serves as the Director of Clinical Administration for Church Health. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and holds a master’s in Business Administration from Freed Hardeman University. Smith has worked with other non-profit organizations serving vulnerable Memphians around the areas of Education, Healthcare, and inequity in the community. She has spoken at the National Association of Health Service Executives in Washington, DC, is a recipient of the Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 and a member of Leadership Memphis’s Executive Class.   

Bradley G. Somer, MD

President West Cancer Center 7945 Wolf River Blvd Germantown, TN 38138 901-683-0055 westcancercenter.org

Dr. Somer came to West Cancer Center in 2002 from University of Pennsylvania. As President of West Cancer Center, Dr. Somer supports the executive team, serves as a leader in major projects, provider development, growth and expansion.  He also


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 develops sub-specialization and hospital support. Dr. Somer is a medical oncologist.

Ocpivia Stafford, PharmD, MBA

Vice President of Support and Professional Services and Interim President Methodist South Hospital 1300 Wesley Dr. Memphis, TN 38116 901-516-3700 methodisthealth. org/south

Stafford joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in 2008. She is Vice President of Support and Professional Services at Methodist South Hospital and serves as interim president. Prior to that, she was director of Pharmacy at Methodist Olive Branch Hospital. She began her career at Methodist University Hospital where she was the lead pharmacist for Central Pharmacy. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, a Master of Business Administration Executive Degree from The University of Memphis and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida.

Lindsay Stencel

Chief Administrative Officer Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville Administrator for Orthopedic Services Baptist Memorial Health Care 1500 West Poplar Ave. Collierville, TN 38017 901-861-9411

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 at Baptist Memorial HospitalMemphis, where she supervised a number of departments, including rehabilitation, food and nutrition, safety and security, pharmacy, transportation, teleservices, facility services and construction. A trained occupational therapist, she began her career at Baptist in 2002 as the director of rehabilitation services. Stencel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Louisiana-Monroe and a Master of Business Administration from Union University.

Scott Strome, MD Executive Dean, College of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs University of Tennessee Health Science Center 910 Madison Ave Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-5293 strome@uthsc.edu

Dr. Strome, a cancer surgeon and investigator, joined UTHSC in 2018, coming from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he served as professor and chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology for 13 years. He has particular expertise in the treat-

ment of head and neck tumors, thyroid cancer, and diseases of the anterior skull base. Dr. Strome is the co-founder of Gliknik Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics to treat cancer and autoimmunity. His scientific achievements have resulted in 125 publications in leading basic science and clinical journals. He is passionate about reducing the cost of medical education, growing the research portfolio of the College of Medicine, and expanding its entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Mid-South Medical Group Managers Association. She also serves on several Advisory Boards for Nursing ad Healthcare Administration for Baptist College of Health Sciences.

Henry Sullivant, MD

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 N. Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-2418 Henry.sullivant@ bmhcc.org

Senior Director of Dr. Sullivant is vice president and Reach Programs chief medical officer for Baptist Church Health Memorial Health Care. He oversees 1350 Concourse Ave.                                    clinical processes and efficienMemphis, TN 38104 cies of care, including ensuring 901-272-7170 safety and quality for patients and sturdivantm@ churchhealth.org  

Sturdivant began as a director at the Church Health Center in 2002 following a 25-year career in nursing and administration at Baptist Memorial Health Care and Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis. She is an active member of Bluff City Church, a church plant of the United Methodist Church and was past president of

employees, while working with the medical staffs of the 22-hospital system. Sullivant is also the chief medical officer of clinical integration for Select Health Alliance, a clinically integrated network of physicians and Baptist. Sullivant earned his medical degree and Master of Science from the University of Mississippi and completed his internship and residency in gynecology and obstetrics at

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INCHARGE HEALTHCARE 2021 Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served as chief resident. He practiced as an OB-GYN for more than 30 years at Ruch Clinic, where he was managing partner and president. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences for 30 years. He earned a Master of Science in Health Care Management from the Harvard T. C. Chan School of Public Health in May 2016.

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Mark Swanson, MD

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Dr. Swanson is CEO of Baptist Medical Group, Baptist’s 750-member multispecialty medical group. He accepted the role after serving as interim CEO for BMG and chief medical officer for Baptist in 2016. Dr. Swanson came to Baptist in March 2014 as chief quality officer. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Swanson earned a medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He received his pediatric residency training at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia, and accepted a fellowship in pediatric critical care and anesthesia at the Children’s Hospital at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. He earned a Master of Science degree in health care management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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T Shannon Tacker

Chief Executive Officer University Clinical Health 1407 Union Avenue Ste 700 Memphis, TN   38104 901-866-8864

director for UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists. Tacker also served as chief financial officer for Baptist Medical Group, Inc. and in two vice president roles at UT Medical Group, overseeing Adult Multispecialty Services and Revenue Services, Analysis and Decision Support. 

Kurt W. Tauer, MD, FACP

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Tacker was appointed CEO of University Clinical Health in May of 2020. She is a CPA and brings more than 20 years of experience in health care administration, including senior-level management positions in finance and operations. Her areas of expertise include revenue cycle management, financial analysis, practice acquisitions, physician compensation, payer contracting, strategic planning and regulatory compliance. Most recently, she served as vice president and executive

Chairman West Cancer Center 7945 Wolf River Blvd Germantown, TN 38138 901-683-0055 westcancercenter.org

In February 2019, Dr. Tauer was appointed Chairman of West Cancer Center bringing 35 years of experience and success to lead the clinic into the next decade of growth. Along with Drs. William H. West and Lee Schwartzberg, Dr. Tauer was one of the original founding partners of West Clinic.

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Alma Terrazas, MBA/HCM, CHC

Market Compliance Officer Saint Francis Healthcare 5959 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38119 901-765-1000 saintfrancishosp.com Terrazas serves at Tenet’s Group Lead Compliance Officer for Texas and Tennessee. She has been with Tenet for more than 22 years. Terrazas holds an MBA in Healthcare Management from University of Phoenix.

Manoucheka Thermitus, MBA

Chief Operating Officer Saint Francis Hospital 5959 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38119 901-765-1000

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As Chief Operating Officer for Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, Thermitus is responsible for all facets of operations for the 479bed hospital. Most recently, she served as Market Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing service line growth and business development. She has 15 years of leadership experience, including hospital operations, physician relations, strategic planning, service line planning and hospital expansion. Prior to joining the Saint Francis team, Thermitus served as Associate Administrator and Director of Business Development at North Shore Medical Center in Miami. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida and an MBA from George Washington University.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 Donald B. Thomason, PhD

Dean of the College of Graduate Health Sciences University of Tennessee Health Science Center 920 Madison Ave., Suite 807 Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-5538 dthomason@ uthsc.edu

Thomason has served as dean of the College of Graduate Health Sciences since 2012. A muscle physiologist, his research has focused on muscle gene expression. He has held visiting lectureships and professorships around the world. He has also taught in the UTHSC Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Graduate Health Sciences. He previously served as executive director of the Molecular Resource Center of Excellence, and chaired numerous university committees. Thomason is a past president of the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools.

Kevin Todd

Chief Financial Officer Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 848 Adams Ave. Memphis, TN 38103 901-287-6030 info@lebonheur.org

Todd joined Le Bonheur as vice president, chief financial officer in June 2013 but has been part of the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare family since 1996. Todd previously served as CFO at Methodist North Hospital (2008-2013) and Methodist South Hospital (2005-2008). He also worked as director of Finance at Le Bonheur Children’s from 2002-2005. Todd received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Union University in 1993 and has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis. Todd currently serves as treasurer for

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the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Foundation and as treasurer for UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists. He also serves on the board for Le Bonheur Community Outreach and is an advisor for Le Bonheur Pediatrics.

Tish Towns, FACHE

Senior Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer Regional One Health 877 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-545-7100 regionalonehealth.org

Towns has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors, beginning her career in State Government with the Tennessee Departments of Human Services and Health. Towns has served in senior executive roles in community not-for-profit, rural and urban academic delivery settings in Illinois, Georgia and South Carolina.  Certified in healthcare management, Towns is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Delegate on the American Hospital Association (AHA) Regional Policy Board 4 and member of ACHE’s Management Series Editorial Board and Memphis Rotary.  Her past service includes Chair, ACHE Examination Committee, 2009 ACHE Service Award Recipient, UAB Programs in Health Administration Board of Directors and AHA Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council Nominating Committee. Towns was honored with the 2017 Meritorious Service Award for a Senior Executive and the 2018 Diversity Champion Award by the Tennessee Hospital Association.  

Arthur M. Townsend IV, MD, MBA, FACOG, LSSC, CPHQ Interim President and CEO HealthChoice, LLC 1661 International Place Dr., Suite 150 Memphis, TN 38120 901-821-6709

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Dr. Townsend has been the interim President and CEO of HealthChoice, LLC since September 2020. He is also a Vice President and Chief Clinical Transformation Officer for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and has been in that role since July 2016. Prior to assuming roles at Methodist and HealthChoice, he was a practicing OB/GYN hospitalist at Methodist Germantown Hospital and continues to be the director of that program. Before launching the hospitalist program, he ran a successful OB/GYN private practice for 17 years. He has been a clinical faculty member of the UTHSC OB/GYN department since 1994 and has served in multiple medial staff leadership positions at Methodist, including Medical Staff President and Chief of Staff. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of multiple national and local medical organizations. Dr. Townsend graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, completed his OB/GYN residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.


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U Michael Ugwueke, MPH, DHA, FACHE President and Chief Executive Officer Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare 1211 Union Ave., Suite 700 Memphis, TN 38104 901-516-0543

president for Methodist North and South Hospitals, which he began in June 2009. Prior, he was CEO of Methodist South Hospital since February 2007. Ugwueke has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Shaw University, a Master of Public Health from Emory University and a Doctor of Health Administration and Leadership degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.

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Since January 2017, Ugwueke, MPH, DHA, FACHE has served as President and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. He assumed the role of president and chief operating officer (COO) of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in May 2014. For the year prior, he served as COO of Methodist, providing strategic and operational leadership for the system’s five adult inpatient hospitals and affiliated companies. Ugwueke previously served as senior vice

Rick Wagers

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Regional One Health 877 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-545-7100 regionalonehealth.org

Wagers joined Regional One Health in March 2010 and has guided the health system into

financial stability by increasing revenue streams, including streamlining the revenue cycle and increasing revenue opportunity through service enhancements. His areas of responsibility include oversight of finance, materials management, security, engineering, facilities development, safety and the revenue cycle. He has more than 40 years of professional experience in healthcare finance. Rick is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and Health Management Academy.   He is an alumnus of Leadership Memphis.  Wagers serves on the Board of Directors for Tennessee Hospital Association Solutions Group, University of Tennessee Regional One Health Physicians, Partners Central Business Office, and Leadership Memphis.  He was honored with the Tennessee Hospital Association’s Meritorious Service Award in 2015 and Memphis Business Journal’s CFO of the Year in 2012.  

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2021 LaTonya B. Washington, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAP, FACP, FHM

President Bluff City Medical Society Physician Advisor Saint Francis Memphis 5959 Park Avenue Memphis, TN  38119 901-765-3366 Saintfrancishosp.com Bluffcitymedical society.org

Dr. Washington is the President of the Bluff City Medical Society. Dr. Washington is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and currently serves as Physician Advisor at St. Francis Hospital. She formerly served as hospitalist medical director at St. Francis Hospital, pediatrics hospitalist at St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, and staff physician at Baptist Pediatric emergency department. She is a proud graduate of Tougaloo College where she received a bachelor’s in biology and attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and obtained a Master of Business Administration at Auburn University. She is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) and a Six Sigma/ Lean Green Belt. 

Andrew T. Watson, MD

President Memphis Medical Society 1067 Cresthaven Road Memphis, TN 381193833 901-761-0200 mdmemphis.org

Dr. Watson is the new President of the Memphis Medical Society.  Dr. Watson is a board certified cardiologist in practice with St. Francis Cardiology Associates.  He

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earned his undergraduate degree at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston, South Carolina, and graduated from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine studying in both Plymouth, Montserrat, and London, England. Dr. Watson completed his internal medicine residency at Methodist Le Bonheur Hospitals in Memphis, Tennessee, and attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, where he earned his cardiology fellowship. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC).

Jacquelyn Whobrey MSN, RN, CMSRN, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing Officer Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett 2986 Kate Bond Rd. Bartlett, TN 38133 901-820-7000 www.SaintFrancis Bartlett.com

Whobrey joined Saint Francis Bartlett in 2020 having previously served as vice president and chief nurse executive at Community Howard Regional Health. Jacquelyn joined Community Health Network in February 2016 as director of critical care services after a 13-year career in nursing that began at the bedside as a medical surgical nurse and grew into 9 years of leadership roles spanning medical surgical, medical-psychiatric units, and critical care. She is a member of the American Organization of Nursing Leadership, Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses, and the American Nurses Association. Whobrey received both her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s in healthcare administration from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. She is Board Certified as a Nurse Executive and holds her certification in medical surgical nursing.

Michael Wiggins MBA, FACHE

President Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 848 Adams Ave. Memphis, TN 38103 901-287-6030 info@lebonheur.org

Wiggins was appointed president of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in 2019. He formerly served as senior vice president of Clinical Operations and the Northern Market, and administrator for Children’s Medical Center in Plano, Texas. Before that, he served as vice president of operations at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham. A native of Atlanta, Ga., he holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Debby Willis

Chief Executive Officer Crestwyn Behavioral Health Hospital   9485 Crestwyn Hills Cove Memphis, TN 38125 866-545-0216 www.crestwyn behavioral.com 

Willis became CEO of Crestwyn Behavioral Health Hospital in January 2019. She has a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Arkansas State University.  She is a licensed professional counselor and is certified as a co-occurring disorder’s professional at the diplomate level by the Arkansas Substance Abuse Certification Board. Prior to coming to Crestwyn, Willis served as CEO of Ascent Children’s Health Services in Arkansas. 


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Bluff City Medical Society 40

Healthcare Realty Trust 35

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L Lakeside Behavioral Health System 2, 12, 19

Church Health 24, 27, 28, 30, 34

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 14, 18, 22, 26, 38, 40

Clearly MD 13, 18 The Conrad Pearson Clinic, PC 16 Consolidated Medical Practices of Memphis 11, 14, 20 Crestwyn Behavioral 40 D Delta Medical Center 15 E Eye Specialty Group 9, 12 F Flinn Imaging Centers 18, 39 G Greg Campbell Photojournalist 37

M Mays & Schnapp Pain Neurospine Center 21, 30 McDonald Murrmann Center for Wellness and Health 23, 27 Memphis Jewish Home and Rehab 10, 27, 33 Memphis Medical Society 14, 16, 40 Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association 19 Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare 12. 15, 23, 24, 28, 32, 33, 39 MidSouth Healthcare Executives 21 Midsouth MGMA 32 Mid-South Pulmonary Specialists, PC 7, 10, 19 N Neurology Clinic 13, 20

Rice Law Firm 17 S Saint Francis Bartlett 22, 24, 26, 40 Saint Francis Memphis 16, 31, 36 Semmes Murphey Clinic, PC 10, 25, 43 Shelby County Health Department 21 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 16, 23, 27, 28, 29 State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company 25 T Tennessee Nurses Association 24 U University Clinical Health 36 University of Tennessee Health Science Center 10, 12, 14, 25, 30, 34, 38 W Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP 13, 29 West Cancer Center 20, 28, 32, 36

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