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HEALTH CARE 2018
PUBLISHER’S NOTE Publisher Pamela Z. Harris Editor Bob Phillips Executive Assistant Kristen Owensby Photographer Greg Campbell Creative Director Susan Graham Graphic Designers Susan Graham Katy Barrett-Alley Memphis Medical News is now privately and locally owned by Ziggy Productions, LLC. P O Box 1842 Memphis, TN 38101- 1842 President: Pamela Harris Vice President: Patrick Rains www.MemphisMedicalNews.com Twitter @MemphisMedNews
Greetings Readers! I think it is fair to say that some people who come to Memphis are “surprised” to find what a phenomenal medical community we have. Certainly most people from outside our city know about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, our city’s crown jewel. But if they look just beyond that, they will also find other state-of-the-art medical facilities, cutting-edge diagnostic equipment, innovative and effective treatment programs, etc, etc. But what actually drives the outstanding patient care in this city undoubtedly is the people who provide the care and the people who are managing our healthcare systems and practices. We are fortunate that our medical community consists of so many Memphians who have chosen to stay here, get an education and practice medicine. In addition, we have also been able to recruit some of the finest medical talent in the world to the Bluff City. So in this sixth annual edition of Memphis Medical News’ InCharge, I propose that we celebrate the people in our medical community – in particular, our city’s healthcare leaders – people in administrative or leadership roles – the people behind the scenes managing our hospitals, medical organizations and medical practices – large and small. Each year, we select five people from that talent pool to spotlight for their expertise and contribution. And I’m proud to introduce you to this year’s cover people: I met Bill Breen early in my Medical News career. He was then CEO of Healthchoice, and we met and he agreed to write a few articles for Memphis Medical News. And that he did. I think he churned out the first five articles in just a few hours. They were all interesting, entertaining and thought provoking. Today Bill oversees physician alignment at Methodist Healthcare. Bill is and has been one of our city’s finest thought leaders for a number of years. Dr. Autry Parker is a native Memphian and a board certified anesthesiologist who specializes in interventional treatment of severe spinal and neuromuscular pain. He practices at one of our city’s oldest, and finest and most prestigious medical practices – Semmes Murphey Clinic, PC. In addition, Dr. Parker is slated to be the 2018 President of the Memphis Medical Society. We look forward to seeing the contribution he will make to that organization. Another one of our featured professionals calls Semmes Murphey his work home as well. John Lewis is one of most respected leaders in our medical community and he has spent the last 16 years leading Semmes Murphey as its COO, Administrator and as CEO. He’s an Ole Miss graduate with an MBA from Christian Brothers University. He’s also a Certified Public Accountant and is certified in IT Project Management. 2018 will be a big year for Kim Avery, as she will celebrate her 20th year managing Midsouth Pulmonary Specialists. And that practice will surely be celebrating their good fortune in having Kim’s skills, business sense and legal expertise help them grow from five to 26 physicians while navigating all the changes that healthcare has been through in that time period. I had the pleasure of meeting Greg Duckett when we interviewed him recently for a feature profile in our November issue. Greg has been a legal officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care System for 25 years and has helped lead them through numerous expansions including the most recent acquisitions in Mississippi. He’s also very involved in the community so he’s not only an asset to Baptist but an asset to the city of Memphis as well.
ON THE COVER Bill Breen, Autry Parker, MD, John Lewis, Kim Avery, Greg Duckett Cover photo by Greg Campbell Special thanks to our friends at Crosstown Back & Pain Institute for the use of their beautiful lighted wall. Special thanks to Kristina Only for the photo of Pamela Harris.
I think you will find value in the comments of these five strong leaders in our InCharge cover story that begins on page 4. And when you’re through with that, I hope you’ll take a minute to read about some of the other outstanding professionals who are listed in the next 44 pages. They all play key roles in making the Memphis medical community one of the best in the world. Our hope is that you’ll find our 2018 InCharge directory a useful addition to your reference library. Your comments and feedback are always important to us.
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Memphis Medical Leaders Focus On Transforming Healthcare Despite an Uncertain Pathway, Local Administrators Navigate a Positive Course By SUZANNE BOYD With the future of the Aﬀordable Care Act (ACA) unresolved, healthcare continues to face major challenges. While reforms have been proposed, what shape or direction the system will take remains unclear. However, despite the uncertainty, healthcare leaders and providers remain focused on providing quality care. Managing change has become the norm in the industry, but despite this challenge leaders and providers are ﬁnding innovative ways to improve the current system. From healthcare executives to practice administrators to legal eagles to physicians, these Memphis healthcare leaders are oﬀering eﬀective and wise direction on how best to proceed into an unpredictable future. Bill Breen, Senior VP for Physician Alignment with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, sees reform as providing increasing incentives to improve the way we
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operate and is compelling us to look at what we can afford as a country and a health system. “Reform was and is inevitable, but it can force us to rethink the way we operate,” he said. “It is a necessary catalyst to a new way to operate healthcare entities with a theme of accountability on both sides as a provider and patient.” While reform is stalled in the legislative process, John Lewis, CEO of Semmes Murphey Clinic, sees one key driving force to reform as those who are living it every day. “Practices and hospitals have to be the drivers behind reforming the system,” he said. “A lot of the reform initiatives have put the burden on practices and hospitals to work together to improve cost and outcomes. A part of that will be to educate patients on their accountability for taking responsibility in their care plan.” Reform is ongoing regardless of what stalemate politicians are in. “We are in the middle of reform and having to do it right now,” said Lewis. “All practices are focused on overhead,
costs and how to provide costeffective patient centered care. In our practice, we are measuring quality and outcomes while also focusing a great deal on the care coordination between providers inside and outside the clinic. We are working with hospital partners in different ways than in the past that allow us to work toward improving outcomes, lowering costs and better coordination in care.” As the administrator of MidSouth Pulmonary Specialists – a specialty that utilizes medications that can be extremely expensive, Kim Avery’s perspective on reform is to address what is creating the most issues. “There was no need to reinvent the wheel,” she said. “The system was in place, it just needed to be utilized rather than overhauled on a large scale.”
With a focus on containing costs, which can be especially pertinent to clinics, Avery says reform should include looking where the expenses are in the system and address them. “For instance, if drug costs
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 are high, then look at what you can do to fix that. When a drug company routinely subsidizes patients to allow them to be able to afford their medication, why not just reduce the cost of the drug,” she said. “Look at mandatory requirements and see who the actually apply to and if age appropriate. For instance, does a 60-year-old woman really need maternity care included in her policy? Why not pay for services and medications you need rather than paying for everything in a policy that makes it unaffordable.” While preventative care is a huge part of reform, there is no incentive for patients to take better care of themselves yet physicians are often penalized for something beyond their control. “The system needs to give patients more of a reason to take care of themselves,” said Avery. “Payment models based on quality and cost of care does not factor in patient compliance or the vast disparity in wellness across regions and associated cost of care. The South contains some of the sickest and poorest among the population yet none of that is taken into consideration under the current system.”
In order for reform efforts to move forward, Baptist Memorial Health Care’s Senior VP and Chief Legal Officer, Gregory Duckett, says partisanship has to take a backseat. “No single individual has a
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silver bullet to solve the problems we have in current system,” he said. “We have got to have degree of compromise to reach true solutions. It is going to take the best and the brightest to coming together to address the rising cost of healthcare and decrease the rising amount of charity/uncompensated care that providers are currently providing.” To address some of the underlying issues, Duckett sees achieving the original goals of the Affordable Care Act to decrease growth in healthcare spending and to extend coverage to as many individuals as possible by providing subsidies or expanding Medicaid are keys for healthcare to be reformed. “Especially when you look at one of major vehicles of funding for the ACA was a reduction in Medicaid payments to providers. A $340M decrease over a tenyear timetable. Those reductions would be offset by the increase in individuals receiving Medicaid. Theoretically, that sounded great. In reality, Baptist provides care in three states, two of which did not expand their Medicaid programs. We still incurred reductions with no corresponding increase in Medicaid payments. All the while, those who did not have access to care still came to the hospital via the costliest point of access, the emergency department. It is not a long term sustainable process.” Outside of politics, Duckett sees some offshoots of the reform effort having a positive impact. “The alignment of incentives between hospitals and physicians which is being driven by more physicians becoming either under contract or employed by hospitals and systems,” he said. “Historically hospitals were paid on a per visit basis as opposed to physicians who were being paid per encounter. The hospital’s incentive to treat appropriately and get the patient out while the doctor’s reimbursement provided no incentive for efficiency. Now with the two working more closely through contracts or employment, the incentives are more in line with the same goal of better quality of care.” As incoming President of the
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Memphis Medical Society, Autry Parker, M.D. wants to see physician groups to be a collective voice on the issue of reform. “Physicians have to be at the table when it comes to healthcare reform,” he said. “Medical societies over the last few decades have lost relevance among the current generation of physicians. We are the only collective voice physicians have and we need to speak with one voice as we are fighting the same problem. We all want to do what is right for our patients but we also have to consider the business side of the equation and so far, there has been a double digit rise in healthcare costs.” Duckett sees physicians as being in an excellent position to be an advocate for change and agrees with Dr. Parker that medical associations can play a key role in having that voice heard. “Individual physicians or small group practices have a full plate dealing with the day to day needs of their practice, which doesn’t always leave much time to put toward advocacy and education of elected officials,” he said. “Medical Associations can help fill that void and that is an appropriate vehicle for physicians to work through to ensure their voice is heard on the political side.” One of the most important factors in reform has become the trend of accountability and transparency brought about by the changes in healthcare. “We are finding the vocabulary
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 changing and physicians are not as averse to talking accountability as before because they have a better understanding of it,” said Breen. “There has been lot of good come from transparency as there is nothing hidden under the rug anymore. It shows where your commitment is and how well you are performing. It incentivizes us to take ownership to staff practices to engage patients in totally different way than have before while lowering costs with greater patient satisfaction.” Semmes Murphy Clinic was a bit ahead of the accountability and transparency curve. The clinic is one of the lead sites for a clinical outcome database that tracks the quality of care for common neurosurgeries that was formed in 2012. “Our physicians took the lead in our joining this database and it allowed us to get ahead of the game. We knew reform was coming and this let us start gathering data to begin to develop benchmarks,” said Lewis. “This database has established risk-adjusted national benchmarks for cost and quality of neuro procedures. It can also demonstrate comparative effectiveness of procedures we do. We have then been able to present data to insurance companies and the public on how the practice is performing.” “Patients must be at the center of things, it will fail if not,” said Breen, “What do we want for ourselves and families, it is a journey. Every generation comes at healthcare needing something different and with very different expectations and demands. I think in 200 years to will not be like it is today across all lines. Transformation isn’t immediate, it is a process.” Fortunately, Memphis has an abundance of leaders who have taken on an intimidating challenge and are making important strides in overcoming major hurdles as well as settling into the norm of change. While we all may be pining for relief from regulation, it is probably a fruitless endeavor. As Breen says, the parade is marching down the street, we may change our position in the procession, but we are not stopping it.
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A Tommy D. Ambrose, MHA Assistant Director VA Medical Center, Memphis 1030 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 901-577-7201 memphis.va.gov
Ambrose received his Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University, and his Bachelor of Science in Management/Computer Information Systems from Park University. He is a veteran and retired from the United States Marine Corps. He began his VA career in November 2012, as the Assistant Chief of Environmental Management Service in Little Rock. In June 2016, he transferred to the Memphis VA Medical Center, as the Chief of Environmental Management. Since his arrival at in Memphis he has held various positions, which includes Chief of Environmental Management Service, Acting Chief of Logistics. He is currently serving as Acting, Assistant Medical Center Director. In 2017, he was appointed to serve as a member of the Tennessee State Veterans Homes Board.
Chris Anderson Vice President, Mississippi Operations Baptist Memorial Health Care 1225 North State St. Jackson, MS 39202 601-968-5128 chris.anderson@ bmhcc.org
Anderson is the Vice President of Mississippi operations for Baptist Memorial Health Care. In this role, he oversees operations for Baptist’s nine Mississippi hospitals. From March 2014 to May 2017, Anderson served as the president and CEO of Mississippi Baptist Health Systems, which included four hospitals in central Mississippi, numerous medical clinics and subsidiary organizations. Anderson has served as a health care system CEO since 1998 and as a health care executive since 1994. He began his professional career in 1986 at KPMG in Jackson, Mississippi, working with many of the hospitals in the state. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and is a certified public accountant. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He serves with numerous professional and civic organizations, including on the boards of directors of the Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Museum of Art and the USA International Ballet Competition.
Meri Armour, MSN, MBA President, CEO Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 848 Adams Ave. Memphis, TN 38103 901-287-6030 firstname.lastname@example.org
Armour has served as President and CEO of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital since 2007. Under Meri’s tenure, Le Bonheur has consistently been named as one of the country’s ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ by US News & World Report, was awarded Magnet status by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center, opened a $340 million state-of-the art hospital addition, led a $100 million capital campaign and established a $100 million hospital endowment. She has served on the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Directors and the Child Health Corporation of America Board of Directors. Armour has served on the board of directors for the Urban Child Institute, Memphis Research Consortium, United Way of Memphis and Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce. She has received a MSN/MBA from Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and CWRU Weatherhead School of Management.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Nancy Averwater Vice President of Human Resources Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-4600 nancy.averwater@ bmhcc.org
Averwater serves as Vice President of Human Resources for Baptist Memorial Health Care, one of the largest integrated health care systems in the region and employing more than 18,000 people. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Harding University and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Memphis. Averwater is on the board of directors for Bridges and has previously served on the Leadership Memphis board of directors.
Kimberly Avery, BBA, MBA, JD 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 September of 1998. Since then, she helped grow the practice from five physicians to 26 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.
Ed Avery Chief Executive Officer Consolidated Medical Practices of Memphis 6799 Great Oaks Road, Suite 250 Memphis, TN 38138 901-261-0700 medicalofmemphis.com
Avery leads Consolidated Medical Practices, formed by physicians in 2008 to address financial issues faced by private practice doctors. It began with six internal medicine groups and has grown into a successful multi-specialty group. Today,
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CMPM includes 33 physicians and 30 nurse practitioners. CMPM specialties include internal medicine, pediatrics, allergy, cardiology, endocrinology, OBGYN, hematology/ oncology, rheumatology and geriatrics.
Frederick M. Azar, MD Chief of Staff Campbell Clinic 1400 South Germantown Road Germantown TN, 38138 901-759-3100
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 Christian Brothers University 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.
B Joe Baier Owner/CEO Mroz Baier Breast Clinic 6005 Park Avenue Suite 700 Memphis, TN 38119 901-527-3391
In 1994, Baier co-founded the Mroz-Baier Clinic in memory of his late wife Julie Bourgeois Baier (1943–1990). Today the globally recognized clinic honours her wish that a center of excellence be established to provide patients with the treatment they need, expect and deserve. The clinic combines state-of-the-art technology with state-of-the-heart emotional support for patients with breast cancer and trains Mayo Clinic fellows. The clinic was the first accredited breast center within a five state area.
Brian M. Barbeito, MBA, MSHA, FACHE, FRBMA Chief Executive Officer Mid-South Imaging & Therapeutics, P.A. Vascular Interventional Physicians Clinic 7600 Wolf River Blvd., #200 Germantown, TN 38138 901-747-1000 www.msit.com
Barbeito serves as CEO of Mid-South Imaging & Therapeutics, P.A., a large
premier multi-specialty radiology practice serving the tri-state Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas communities. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives as well as a Fellow with Radiology Business Management Association and an active member of the Medical Group Management Association. He currently serves as the President of the Tennessee Chapter of the Radiology Business Management Association and the State of Tennessee Legislative Task Force to address balance billing.
Steve Bares, Ph.D. President and Executive Director Memphis Bioworks Foundation 20 S. Dudley St., Suite 900 Memphis, TN 38103 901-866-1400 sbares@memphis bioworks.org
Bares has served as President and Executive Director of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation since 2001. In his role, he oversees the ongoing operations at Bioworks and its focus on a sustainable economy driven by innovative entrepreneurs in the life sciences and supporting industries with growing businesses, a skilled and dedicated workforce, and a revitalized urban center. Bioworks oversees incubator space, high-tech accelerators and mentoring support for new companies. Bares led the building of a new 26,000-square-foot preclinical research facility, home to TriMetis Life Sciences. He is a founder of Innova, an early-stage venture fund focused on technology, agriculture, and bioscience companies. He is co-founder and board chairman of the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, a STEM charter school. Bares holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and an MBA, and has authored nine patents.
David Barham Vice President of Finance Operations Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-7467
david.barham@ bmhcc.org Barham is Vice President of Finance Operations for Baptist Memorial Health Care. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin and has been with Baptist for more than 24 years. During his Baptist career, he has served as Chief Financial Officer for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, Baptist’s West Tennessee and East
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 David Baytos President Methodist Olive Branch Hospital Methodist South Hospital 4250 Bethel Rd. Olive Branch, MS 38654 662-932-9000 1300 Wesley Dr. Memphis, TN 38116 901-516-5389
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Jenny BartlettPrescott Senior Director of Integrated Health Programs Church Health 1350 Concourse Ave. Memphis, TN 38104 901-272-7170 prescottj@ churchhealth.org
Bartlett-Prescott is the Senior Director of Integrated Health 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 part of the leadership team driving quality improvement in the clinic and across Church Health’s program areas.
Baytos is serving in the dual role as President of Methodist Olive Branch Hospital and Methodist South Hospital. He was named CEO of Methodist Olive Branch Hospital in 2009 and became responsible for overseeing the development, construction and operations of the hospital when it opened in 2013. Baytos has been with Methodist since 1998 and is the former president of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. During his tenure at Germantown, the hospital grew from a 120-bed community hospital to a 309-bed regional hospital with the opening of the hospital’s West Wing followed by the Women and Children’s Pavilion. He was also responsible for the establishment of the Germantown Outpatient Diagnostic Center, Methodist Breast Center, Germantown Surgery Center and Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Center.
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Kevin C. Behre Chief Financial Officer Delta Medical Center 3000 Getwell Memphis, TN. 38118 901-369-8501 www.deltamed center.com
Behre recently joined the team at Delta Medical Center (August 2017). He brings over 20 years experience as hospital CFO. Kevin earned his degree in Accounting from Bentley University and has achieved status as Fellow, with the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Prior to joining Delta Medical Center, Behre was with Unova Health in Lady Lake, Florida.
Gail K. Berntson, MD Deputy Chief of Staff VA Medical Center, Memphis 1030 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 901-577-7202
Dr. Berntson assumed the role of Deputy Chief of Staff for the Memphis Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center on October 2, 2017 after serving in an interim role for the position since April 4, 2017. Prior to her current appointment, Berntson served as the Acting ACOS for Ambulatory Care since October 2016. She previously served as Deputy ACOS for Ambulatory Care from September 2015, Home Based Primary Care Medical Director from 2006-2015, and Chief Medical Officer of the VAMC Memphis South Clinic from 2003 to 2009. Berntson obtained her MD from LSU-New Orleans and completed her Internal Medicine training at the University of Florida. Berntson is Board Certified in Internal Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. Berntson has served on numerous local and VISN committees to help improve care and access in the primary care arena. She continues to provide primary care for a panel of home-bound Veterans.
Karen Berry Office Manager Crosstown Back & Pain Institute A Division of MSK Group, PC 1350 Concourse Ave, Suite 363 Memphis, TN 38104 901-260-6161 kberry@crosstown back.com
Berry graduated from Christian Brothers College with a degree in respiratory therapy. She practiced in various hospitals in Memphis and Macon, Georgia, and on Pedi Flight in Memphis. Berry has served in various roles in pain management since the late 1990’s. She
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Ann Bishop Chief Executive Officer Baptist Medical Group-Oncology Oncology Administrator Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-5503
Ann.email@example.com Bishop serves as the CEO for Baptist Medical Group-Oncology and Oncology Administrator for Baptist Memorial Health Care. She has oversight for the development of oncology services across the Baptist system, programmatic development for the six Baptist Cancer Centers and serves in a leadership role with the oncology physician enterprise. She has 34 years of health care experience, including 20 years with Baptist. Bishop received a Master in Nursing Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Drew Botschner Chief Executive Officer University Clinical Health 1407 Union Avenue, Ste 700 Memphis, TN 38104 901-866-8864 universityclinical health.com
Botschner joined University Clinical Health as its Chief Executive Officer in 2014. A native of Ohio, he was an owner of and formerly served as General Counsel for Care Point Partners, LLC. Prior to Care Point Partners, he served as General Counsel for UC Physicians in Cincinnati, Ohio, the private practice group for clinical faculty members at University of Cincinnati Medical School.
Bill Breen Senior Vice President of Physician Alignment Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare 1211 Union Ave., Suite 700 Memphis, TN 38104 901-516-0546 methodisthealth.org
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 ously, he was CEO of Health Choice, LLC, the exclusive managed care contracting organization for MetroCare Physicians and Methodist Healthcare, serving the Memphis and Mid-South area. Breen is responsible for overseeing the development of strategies and operations that align Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and its physician partners. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Louisville and an MBA from the University of Memphis. Breen is currently working on his DSc in Health Administration.
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Thomas Brown Chief Executive Officer Provident Practice Management Services, LLC. 825 Ridge Lake Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-685-2200
email@example.com Brown graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and the University Of 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 at 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 Executives, American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators, Medical Group Management Association and the Alabama State Bar Association.
Hal Brunt, MD Chief Medical Officer Lakeside Behavioral Health System 2911 Brunswick Road Memphis, TN 38133 901-377-4700
A native of Mississippi, Dr. Brunt graduated from Yale University and received his medical degree from Tulane Medical School. He completed his post-graduate training in pediatrics at University of California, San Francisco; in adult psychiatry at Tulane; and in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center. Prior to relocating to Memphis, Dr. Brunt served as a consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health and on the faculty of Yale Medical School. In 1975, he joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Brunt teaches child psychiatry at Lakeside in collaboration with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, where he serves as clinical associate professor of psychiatry. He is board certified in child psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Denise Burke Partner Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive Memphis, TN 38120 901-288-1651 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 the immediate past 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 Influence” in 2017. 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.
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 board-certified nephrologist, he joined the medical staff in 2004 and was named Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. From 2008 to 2010, he served as Interim Chief of the Division of Nephrology, and in 2009 was named Associate Professor of Medicine. In 2012, he was appointed Associate Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Physician Services.
Carol Carnell Chief Administrative Office West Cancer Center 7945 Wolf River Blvd Germantown, TN 38138 901-683-0055 westcancercenter.org
Carnell is currently Chief Administrative
Officer for West Cancer Center where she previously served as Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management. Carnell joined West Cancer Center when they acquired a practice where she served as Administrator. Previously she was a Product Manager for Smith and Nephew and developed and managed Outpatient Surgery Centers for Symbion. Carnell graduated from the Auburn University and University of Mississippi School of Nursing. She also completed MBA through University of Memphis.
Zach Chandler Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-5137
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 the Washington University School of Medicine. Before stepping into his current role, Chandler served as CEO of five
Eric Callan, CRNA, NP, DNAP Chief Executive Officer LifeLinc Corporation 3340 Players Club Parkway, Suite 350 Memphis, TN 38125 901-844-1590 lifelinc.com
Callan serves as CEO of LifeLinc, a progressive healthcare firm providing anesthesia and pain management services in twelve states. He oversees the strategic growth and development of the organization while cultivating both clinical and administrative relationships with each client. Callan earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing, his Master of Science in Nursing as well as his post-graduate anesthesia training from the University of Tennessee. He earned his Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice from the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia.
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Alyssa Chase, MHA Director, QIN-QIO Tennessee Quality Program Qsource 3340 Players Club Pkwy., Ste.300 Memphis, TN 38125 901.682.0381 Qsource.org atomAlliance.org
As director of Qsource’s Tennessee Quality Program, Chase leads state-based healthcare quality improvement (QI) activities across multiple areas of focus and healthcare delivery settings. She is chiefly responsible for conducting, monitoring and reporting outcomes for QI interventions in Tennessee as part of the organization’s 5-state atom Alliance initiative – a CMSfunded QIN-QIO program contract to improve the lives of Medicare beneficiaries by improving the quality of healthcare they receive, easing access to healthcare services, and reducing the burden of healthcare system costs. Chase is a member of the Tennessee Medical Group Management Association, the Mid-South Medical Group Management Association and serves on the Board of Examiners for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, Tennessee’s Baldrige program.
Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA Dean and Professor of the College of Pharmacy University of Tennessee Health Science Center 881 Madison Ave., Suite 264 901-448-6036 firstname.lastname@example.org
A nationally known educator, researcher, author, and clinician, Chisholm-Burns has a strong background in patient care, particularly with solid-organ transplant recipients. She is the founder and director of the Medication Access Program, which provides medication to roughly 880 solid-organ transplant patients. Her writing has appeared in more than 310 publications, and she has received approximately $12 million in external research funding. Her numerous honors include becoming a Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation in 2016, in recognition of her research and clinical contributions affecting patient outcomes. She also received the 2016 Inspiring Women in STEM Award and the 2017 Giving Back Award from
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Insight into Diversity, in recognition of her efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in academic pharmacy.
Jennifer Chiusano, MA, BSN, RN, NE-BC Chief Nursing Officer Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis 5959 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38119 901-765-1000 Saintfrancishosp.com
Chiusano is the Chief Nursing Officer for Saint Francis Hospital- Memphis. Chiusano has assumed operational responsibility of nursing care and will play a key role in facilitating and directing nursing leadership and in overseeing the quality of patient care at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis. Chiusano was most recently the Chief Nursing Officer at Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Florida. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and earned her Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
Allison Cook Membership and Communications Manager Memphis Medical Society and MedTemps
1067 Cresthaven Road Memphis, TN 381193833 901-761-0200 mdmemphis.org
Cook has 15 years of experience in media, marketing and communications. She stood an 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 a Memphis non-profit, where she led the organization in growth and expansion. Cook is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.
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 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 was recently recognized by the University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing as one of their 50 Leaders in 50 Years.
Reginald Coopwood, MD President and CEO Regional One Health 877 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-545-7100
Coopwood has served as the president and CEO of Regional One Health since March 2010. He leads the senior executive team and has led the organization through a transformation including service enhancements, improvements in customer service, rebranding and the opening of a new campus in East Memphis. Dr. Coopwood’s work at Regional One Health is complemented by his commitment to the community. He serves on several local and national boards, including BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Tennessee Hospital Association and March of Dimes. He has earned numerous honors for his work in healthcare, including being named one of Memphis Magazine’s Who’s Who in 2010 – 2015. He has received the 2010 individual Leader in Health award from the Community Health Charities of Tennessee; the Memphis Business Journal’s Healthcare Heroes Award of Administrative Excellence in 2011; and the Tennessee Hospital Association’s Diversity Champion Award in 2013 and President’s Award in 2016.
Steven M. Coplon, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE Practice Administrator Mays & Schnapp Pain Clinic and Rehabilitation Center Pain Clinic Associates, PC 55 Humphreys Center Drive, Suite 200 Memphis, TN 38120 901-507-1595 scoplon@ maysandschnapp.com
Coplon joined Mays & Schnapp Pain & Rehabilitation Clinic in July of 2017. He has a strong background in healthcare management, representation and strategic planning. Prior to joining Mays & Schnapp Pain Clinic, Coplon served as Chief Administrative Officer for the McDonald Murrmann Women’s Clinic and Chief Executive Officer of West Clinic.
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Michael E. Steuer, MD Dr. Michael E. Steuer earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. Following Residency and Fellowship in Anesthesia at Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Steuer completed a Fellowship in Pain Management at Cornell New York Hospital. He is a board certified educator, nationally recognized lecturer, and a clinical specialist in interventional pain management. He has published numerous medical papers and has appeared on TV and in print as a leading authority in pain management.
Steven T. Richey, MD Dr. Steven Richey earned his medical degree from University of Alabama Medical School. He then completed his Residency in Family Practice Medicine. Dr. Richey is double board certified in Family Practice Medicine and Pain Management. He has participated in numerous research studies regarding pain medicine. Bradley W. Wargo, DO Dr. Bradley Wargo received his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, followed by a fellowship at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is triple board certified, has published multiple articles in medical journals and text books, and was most recently the President of the Iowa Society of Interventional Pain Management.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Clint F. Cummins Executive Vice President Memphis Medical Society and MedTemps
1067 Cresthaven Road Memphis, TN 381193833 901-761-0200 mdmemphis.org
Cummins has more than 13 years of executive planning, administration, communications and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector. He served about six years at the American Cancer Society serving in the positions of corporate systems director; major gifts officer; senior director, partner relationships and as Vice President, corporate and distinguished partners. A graduate of the University of TennesseeMartin, he is a board member of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), UT Martin Alumni Chapter, Memphis Region, and as a regional volunteer for his national fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order. 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 administrative coordination.
Serving the needs of individuals and families facing mental health or substance use crisis for 30 years
D Lisa A. Daniel, LPCMHSP Chief Executive Officer Memphis Mental Health Institute 951 Court Avenue Memphis, TN 38013 901-577-1801 email@example.com
Daniel, a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation, was appointed MMHI CEO in May 2011. She has spent 34 of her 38-year career working in the mental health arena serving in both community based and in-patient settings. She is a graduate of University of Memphis and Union University, Jackson, Tennessee.
Ron Davis Chief Financial Officer West Cancer Center 7945 Wolf River Blvd Germantown, TN 38138 901-683-0055 westcancercenter.org
Since January 2010, Davis has served as Chief Financial Officer of the West Cancer Center. He assisted with the implementation of the strategic collaboration with
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Paul DePriest, MD Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-4140
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.
Pamela Dotson, MBA, BSN, RN Chief Nursing Officer West Cancer Center 7945 Wolf River Blvd Germantown, TN 38138 901-683-0055 westcancercenter.org
Dotson has 30 years of experience in healthcare. Prior to joining West Cancer Center, she held the title of Senior Vice President in charge of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at the world renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she led the institution to its first Magnet© Designation in August of 2015. Dotson earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and her Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Memphis. She is American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Advanced - Board Certified as a Nurse Executive and is a member of multiple professional organizations including the American Organization of Nurse Execu-
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 tives, the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses and the National Comprehensive Cancer Center CNE Forum, among others. Dotson is the recipient of the 2016 Nurse.com GEM Award for Executive Leadership category in the “South and New GEM States” region.
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 strategic plan, he is leading the expansion of St. Jude clinical care and research programs in Memphis and around the globe. A renowned leader in pediatric cancer research, Downing focuses his work on understanding the genetic basis of cancer and using that information to improve the treatment of children with cancer. He was instrumental in launching the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project, which made TIME magazine’s 2012 list of top 10 medical breakthroughs. In 2013, he was a finalist for TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
Gregory Duckett Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-5233 Greg.duckett@ bmhcc.org
Duckett serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law. Duckett is deeply involved in the Memphis community, serving on numerous boards, including the Tennessee Election Commission, National Civil Rights Museum, Tennessee Board of Regents, University of Memphis board of visitors, AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Riverfront Development Corporation, American Hospital Association-Metropolitan Policy Review Board, along with several other boards. He formerly served on the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis board of directors from 2008 to 2014 and the American Health Lawyers Association board of directors from 2003 to 2009.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 David K. Dunning, MPA Director and Chief Executive Officer VA Medical Center, Memphis 1030 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38104
memphis.va.gov Dunning has served as Medical Center Director and Chief Executive Officer for the Memphis Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center since May, 2017. He has 30 years of healthcare experience within the United States Army. Most recently, was Commander at the Tripler Army Medical Center, where he was responsible for an operating budget of $440 million and 508,000 enrolled beneficiaries. Under his leadership Tripler’s Intensive Care Unit saw an occupancy rate raise over 80 percent, resulting in raising the overall patient complexity to the third highest in MEDCOM, including Obstetrics. Dunning graduated from Furman University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He holds a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, as well as a Master of Public Administration in Comptrollership from the University of Missouri-Kansas. He is a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers and Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.
Dana Dye Vice President Baptist Memorial Health Care Chief Executive Officer Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis 6019 Walnut Grove Road Memphis, TN 38120 901-226-0505 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dye is a Vice President and the first Registered Nurse to serve as CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care’s flagship hospital, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Master in Public Health Administration. A Baptist employee since 2007, she has served as chief nursing officer for Baptist Memphis, then CNO for the Baptist Memorial Health Care system before stepping into her current role. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
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E Debbie Eddlestone Chief Executive Officer Stern Cardiovascular Foundation 8060 Wolf River Blvd. Germantown, TN 38138 901-271-1000 debbie.eddlestone@ sterncardio.com www.sterncardio.com
Eddlestone received her BA in education from LSU. She is a Board Member of the American Heart Association, MGMA, National Association for Professional Women, and Medaxiom. She was named a Superwoman in Business by the Memphis Business Journal and CEO of the Year by Inside Memphis Magazine in 2017. Stern Cardiovascular offers a comprehensive approach to wellness and preventative medicine with 11 Mid-South locations.
Brandon Edgerson, MS, PharMD Vice President of Professional Services Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 848 Adams Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-287-6030 email@example.com
Edgerson is Vice President of Professional Services at Le Bonheur. He joined Le Bonheur in 2006 and most recently served as Director of Pharmacy. He served as 2014-2015 President-Elect of the Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP). He has been named TSHP Pharmacist of the Year. Edgerson is involved with Children’s Hospital Association, American Association of Health-System Pharmacists and Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group. Brandon earned his Pharm. D. from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans and his master’s from Ohio State University.
Robert Edwards Executive Director of Clinical Operations Delta Medical Center 3000 Getwell Memphis, TN 38118 901-369-8501
Edwards has served Delta Medical Center for over 15 years. He has over 25 years of experience in Healthcare. He has extensive experience in Informatics Management. He holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and is a Registered Nurse and a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Edwards is an adjunct instructor for the University of Phoenix. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
David Elliott Vice President of Managed Care Baptist Memorial Health Care Chief Executive Officer Baptist Health Services Group 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-2490
Elliott is Vice President of Managed Care for Baptist Memorial Health Care and CEO of Baptist Health Services Group, a five-state PPO with more than 400,000 covered lives. After earning a bachelor’s degree from David Lipscomb University, he earned an MBA from the University of Memphis. He is a board member of the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South and Page Robbins Adult Day Center. Elliott was a past chairman of the Health Care Financial Management Association, Tennessee chapter.
James “Trey” Eubanks, III, MD Surgeon-in-Chief Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 848 Adams Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-287-6030 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Eubanks is Surgeon in-Chief for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He also serves as Medical Director of Trauma Services and Chief of Pediatric Surgery for Le Bonheur and as an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). He led Le Bonheur through the American College of Surgeons’ verification process to become a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center – the only center in Tennessee. His areas of specialty include minimally invasive, chest, neonatal and trauma surgery. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Mississippi and attended medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Eubanks completed his general surgery residency at UTHSC and completed a pediatric surgery fellowship at Dallas Children’s Hospital before returning Le Bonheur in 2002.
Lisa Evans Chief Executive Officer Parkwood Behavioral Health System 8135 Goodman Road Olive Branch, MS 38654 662-895-4900 parkwoodbhs.com
Evans brings over 30 years of experience
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 in behavioral health to her new role as CEO of Parkwood Behavioral Health located in Olive Branch, Mississippi. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Arkansas as well as a graduate degree in Health Care Administration. Prior to joining the Parkwood team, Evans provided oversight to multiple behavioral health facilities in several states.
F Susan P. Ferguson 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.
Thomas C. Ferguson, MD Chief of Staff VA Medical Center, Memphis 1030 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 901-577-7202 memphis.va.gov
Dr. Ferguson assumed the role as Chief of Staff for the Memphis Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center on March 5, 2017. In this capacity he has oversight of all the clinical, educational and research programs of the medical staff and is involved operationally with the VA Leadership Team in the design and activation of a number of new clinical spaces both on and off the main Jefferson Ave. campus. Ferguson has served as a consultant to VA Central Office since 2014 and is a subject matter expert on primary care with the Veterans Engineering Resource Center. Ferguson is a graduate
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of the University of Tennessee and has served as Chief of Primary Care, Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care, Acting Deputy Chief of Staff and Acting Chief of Staff. Prior to Joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ferguson was a partner in a private practice affiliated with Methodist/ Lebonheur Healthcare.
John Fisher Director of Business Development Lakeside Behavioral Health System 2911 Brunswick Road Memphis, TN 38133 901-377-4700 www.lakesidebhs.com
Fisher began his career at Lakeside in 2014 working in direct patient care before transitioning into business development. In his current role, Fisher is responsible for all business development and marketing activities for the 345-bed behavioral health system. He has also led efforts in new program development, including the opening of The Landing, Lakeside’s new adult professionals program, and Lakeside’s outpatient clinic in Jackson, Tennessee. He is currently completing his Master’s of Social Work at Union University.
Dawn FitzGerald, MS, MBA Chief Executive Officer Qsource 3340 Players Club Pkwy., Ste.300 Memphis, TN 38125 901-682-0381 Qsource.org atomAlliance.org
As Qsource’s CEO since 2007, FitzGerald pilots the organization’s strategic growth in federal and state-based healthcare quality improvement, quality assessment, private sector and commercial healthcare, and health information technology consulting. She spearheaded the organization’s significant expansion, establishing additional offices for Qsource in Kentucky and Indiana, and partnering with peer organizations to form the five-state atom Alliance coalition, and was awarded a CMS contract to help improve healthcare quality, cost and access for nearly 5 million Medicare consumers throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama and Mississippi. Fitzgerald also leads the development of Qsource’s HIT services and Practice Solutions Division.
Alan D. Flippin Chief Executive Officer ADF Medical Practice Development 9180 Crestwyn Hills Drive, Suite 102 Germantown TN 38125 901-490-2330 adfmedical.com email@example.com
Flippin has helped a number of the leading practices in the Mid-South and Nashville grow revenue through innovative marketing and patient retention and growth for the past 25 years. ADF’s unique methodology combines on the ground implementation as well as high efficiency, customized methodology in developing substantial additional revenue generation for individual physicians, specialty group practices and healthcare institutions. Most of ADF’s clients are long-term partnerships as a result of the successful revenue growth for their clients.
Pat Flynn, MD Senior Vice President Medical Director of Quality and Patient Care St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 901-595-3300 stjude.org
Dr. Flynn is a member in the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she holds the Arthur Ashe Chair in Pediatric AIDS Research. She is also Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. During her career, Dr. Flynn has worked both in the St. Jude HIV/AIDS Program as well as a consultant for pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant recipient patients at St. Jude. She has directed and participated in clinical research in both of these areas and participates in the training of pediatric infectious disease trainees. She currently serves as a Senior Vice President and the Medical Director of Quality and Patient Care.
Jillian Foster System Pharmacy Service Line Administrator Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-3044
Foster is the System Pharmacy Service Line Administrator for Baptist Memorial Health Care. She provides leadership to
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Baptist Memorial hospitals’ pharmacy teams, infusion centers, retail pharmacies, home infusion and specialty pharmacies in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. Foster has held leadership positions at Baptist Medical Group and the Baptist Cancer Center. Before moving to Oxford, Mississippi, as the Director of Pharmacy for Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, Foster was the pharmacy benefits manager at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi. She has a doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi.
John Foster, CMPE 2018 President MidSouth MGMA Manager of Subspecialty Care and Diagnostic Services Church Health 1350 Concourse Ave. Suite 142 Memphis, TN 38104 901-701-2017
Foster serves as the Manager of Specialty Care and Diagnostic Services in Church Health’s clinical service area. Over the past eleven years, John has directly managed Church Health’s dental clinic and medical clinic. In his current role, he focuses on the recruitment and ongoing maintenance of volunteer physician relations. His team supports the primary care providers of Church Health by coordinating and arranging care with both onsite and community volunteer specialists. Foster has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and is a Board Certified Medical Practice Executive.
Scott Fountain Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-8182
Fountain, Baptist’s Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, oversees the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation and Baptist’s corporate communications department. Fountain graduated from Iowa State University and has spent his entire career in institutional advancement. Outside of work, he serves on boards of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Medical Education and Research Institute, New Memphis Institute and PeopleFirst Partnership with Memphis Fast Forward. Fountain also is chair-elect of United Way of the Mid-South.
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G Glenn Gehrke, MD Medical Director, Interventional Pain Specialist LifeLinc Pain Centers 8001 Centerview Parkway, Suite 215 Memphis, TN 38018 901-249-5905 lifelincpain.com
Dr. Gehrke has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of patients through the use of interventional pain methods. He is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) in Pain Management & Anesthesiology. He is currently a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Medical Association. He received his medical training at the University of Michigan.
Terrence Geiger, MD, PhD Medical Director, Clinical Pathology Senior Vice President St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN, 38105 901-595-3300 Stjude.org
Dr. Geiger serves as a Senior Vice President and the Deputy Director for Academic and Biomedical Operations at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Geiger joined St. Jude in 1999, and currently holds the St. Jude Endowed Chair in Pediatrics. Throughout his career, Geiger has made significant scientific and clinical contributions. His research program focuses on immunologic diseases and cancer immunotherapy. He has also served since 2006 as Medical Director for Clinical Pathology in the Department of Pathology. The department was the first children’s hospital in the nation to receive the College of American Pathologists ISO15189 accreditation. In his current role as Deputy Director for Academic and Biomedical Operations, Geiger is responsible for overseeing academic and biomedical functions within the institution.
Barry Gilmore Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 848 Adams Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-287-6030 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Gilmore is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Prior to this role, Gilmore was Le Bonheur’s Director of Emergency Services and Chief of Emergency Services. Gilmore received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine where he also completed his internship and residency. He completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama-Birmingham before joining the Le Bonheur medical staff in 1998. He also is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Anna Joy Golden, MSN Chief Executive Officer Lakeside Behavioral Health System 2911 Brunswick Road Memphis, TN 38133 901-377-4700 www.lakesidebhs.com
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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 is an active member serving on the Tennessee Hospital Association Board of Directors, is a member of Tennessee Nurses Association and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Golden holds a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations Management.
Teresa Golden Practice Manager Mid- South Pulmonary Specialists, PC 5050 Poplar Ave, Suite 800 Memphis, TN 38157 901-276-2662 mspulmonary.com
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 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.
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Grant is responsible for operational leadership of Qsource and oversees corporate operations and support services, including data analytics, marketing and communications, and corporate quality management systems. Additionally, Grant serves as the IDIQ director for the organization’s five-state, five year atom Alliance Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) contract. In this work, she oversees the CMS-funded QIO program work, supported by more than $75 million to improve healthcare quality, costs and access for nearly 5 million Medicare consumers throughout Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, and received a Ph.D. from the University of Memphis in Epidemiology.
Audrey E. Gregory, PhD Chief Executive Officer Saint Francis Hospital Healthcare 5959 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38119 901-765-1000 Saintfrancishosp.com
Gregory is the market Chief Executive Officer for Saint Francis Healthcare and the Chief Executive Officer for Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis. Gregory began her Tenet career in 2004 at Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, FL, as director of emergency services before becoming director of nursing. In 2008, Gregory became the Chief Nursing Officer. In 2011, she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer at St. Francis Hospital, where she was a member of the executive leadership team and was responsible for all aspects of day-to-day operations. In 2014, she was promoted to Chief Executive Officer at Placentia-Linda Hospital in Placentia, California. Gregory earned a PhD in global leadership at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, and both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.
Bill Griffin Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-7014 email@example.com
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 CEO and Administrator Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.neurologyclinic.org
Harris is a Memphian who for the past 14 years has served as administrator at the Neurology Clinic in Cordova. The clinic includes eight physicians, one nurse practitioner, a research center and an MRI center. 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.
D. Neil Hayes, MD, MPH Scientific Director UT/West Institute for Cancer Research 7945 Wolf River Blvd Germantown, TN 38138 901-683-0055 westcancercenter.org
Dr. Hayes is a board certified Medical Oncologist and Hematologist at West Cancer Center and Van Vleet Endowed Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology at the Uni-
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employees at five locations across the Mid-South. Hernandez is a member of multiple national organizations: the Medical Group Management Association, Healthcare Financial Management Association and American Association of Orthopaedic Executives. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Germantown Chamber of Commerce, the City of Germantown Planning Commission, and is a Reserve Officer with the City of Germantown Police Department.
Janice Hill Administrator Baptist Memorial Restorative Care Hospital 6019 Walnut Grove Road Memphis, TN 38120 901-226-1049
George Hernandez Chief Executive Officer Campbell Clinic 1400 South Germantown Road Germantown TN, 38138 901-759-3100
Hill is administrator of Baptist Memorial Restorative Care Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1978 and a master’s degree in public administration in 1994. The National Association of Health Care Quality has certified Hill as a professional in health care quality. She has served on Tennessee’s Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities and the Education and Advocacy Committee of the Mid-South Food Bank.
Hernandez leads Campbell Clinic, an orthopedic surgery group founded in Memphis in 1909. Prior to being named CEO in 2010, Hernandez was the clinic’s CFO and had held that role since 1995. The organization employs 51 physicians and more than 450
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Craig Hofer, CPA Chief Financial Officer Qsource 3340 Players Club Pkwy., Ste.300 Memphis 38125 901-682-0381 Qsource.org
Hofer is Chief Financial Officer for Qsource, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) healthcare quality improvement organization, health information technology consultancy and government contractor. As CFO, Hofer leads the work of internal shared service teams in corporate Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology & Security for Qsource and its affiliates. Hofer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting from the University of Memphis. He earned his CPA license in 1985 while working for the 12th largest international accounting firm and practiced public accounting as an actively licensed CPA for 10 years.
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Hill has an MBA from Christian Brothers University. He is Executive Director and a co-founding Member of Trumbull Laboratories, LLC. employing approximately 90 skilled technologists, technicians and clerical personnel in order to create microscopic slides for diagnostic review by the doctors of Pathology Group of the MidSouth, PC. Both companies are located in Memphis.
James Huffman CEO and Administrator Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto 7601 SouthCrest Parkway Southaven, MS 38671 662-772-2118
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Huffman is the Administrator and CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. He has a bachelor’s degree in health care management from Appalachian State University, as well as a master’s degree in finance and a certificate in health care finance from the University of South Carolina. Since joining Baptist in 1995, Huffman has served as CEO at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, and chief financial officer for the Baptist metro-Memphis market. Huffman is chair of the Mississippi Hospital Association board and the immediate past board chair of the Mid-South Food Bank.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Adrienne N. Huntley, PHR Chief Human Resources Officer Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett 2986 Kate Bond Road Memphis, TN 38133 901-820-7000 saintfrancisbartlett.com
Huntley comes to Saint Francis-Bartlett with more than 19 years of professional human resources experience in medical based settings, including executive consultant, human resources preceptor, management training facilitator and public speaker. She is Professional Human Resources (PHR) certified, obtaining her Society of Human Resources Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification through the Human Resources Certification Institute. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management. Huntley is an alumni member of Leadership Bartlett Program and an active member of the Bartlett Station Commission. She was the 2014 recipient of the HR Excellence Award from HealthSouth Corporation, where she served as the HR Director at the MemphisNorth operation. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Strayer University where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree.
J Paula Jacobs Vice President of Process Improvement and Innovation Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare 1211 Union Ave., Suite 638 Memphis, TN 38104 901-516-0749 methodisthealth.org
Jacobs was appointed Vice President of Process Improvement and Innovation in 2013. She is responsible for facilitating the development and deployment of best practices in operations planning, execution and improvement at the system level. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in counseling Psychology from Liberty University. Jacobs is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and served on the Tennessee Center for Performing Excellence Board of Examiners in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
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In June of 2017, Jenkins joined MSK Group that includes OrthoMemphis, Tabor Orthopedics, Memphis Orthopaedic Group. He was formerly Chairman and CEO of MRI Interventions, Inc., a publicly-traded medical device company.
Cato Johnson Chief of Staff, Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare 1211 Union Ave., Suite 700 Memphis, TN 38104 901-516-0551 methodisthealth.org
Johnson was named Chief of Staff in April 2017. Along with Chief of Staff, Johnson provides leadership in Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, a role he has held at Methodist Healthcare since 1985. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Corporate Affairs at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. Johnson currently serves on a number of boards including the governing board for the University of Memphis, chairman of the TennCare Medical Care Advisory Committee, chairs the Shelby County Schools Athletic Committee, the University of Memphis Athletic Department Community Advisory Committee, Southwest Tennessee Community College Board of Advisors, and the MIAA Athletic Development Committee. He is also on the president’s council for Lemoyne-Owen College and is on the Memphis and Shelby County Public Building Authority. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis).
Florence Jones, DNP, RN, NEA-BC President Methodist North Hospital 3960 New Covington Pike Memphis, TN 38128 901-516-5200 methodisthealth.org
Jones serves as President of Methodist North. In 2013, she was named Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). Previously, she served as CNO at Methodist South Hospital starting in 2008. 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 Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Union University.
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Jana Jones, RN Chief Operating Officer Provident Practice Management Services, LLC. 825 Ridge Lake Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-685-2200 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jones holds a degree in nursing and has over 30 years of experience in management and healthcare administration. After beginning her medical career in the Baptist Health System, she worked as Health Services Administrator for Corrections Corporation of America. She has assisted Memphis area hospitals and medical practices as a consultant and trainer, including project leader in building Regional One Health’s new outpatient surgery department. Jones has served as Chief Operating Officer at Eye Specialty Group since 2009. She recently provided operational management of the merger of the Eye Specialty Group and Southern Eye Institute. Jones is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators.
Vice President at St. Jude. Keel leads the financial strategy and management at the hospital, which employs more than 4,200 and treats more than 7,800 patients a year. She joined the institution in February 2016 to help St. Jude launch a six-year strategic plan focused on significantly expanding clinical care and research programs in Memphis and around the world. As the CFO at St. Jude, Keel oversees all financial operations, including finance, supply chain, reimbursement, revenue cycle, managed care contracting and grants. St. Jude is one of the largest health care charities in the nation, and all patients are treated regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
Frank W. Kehus Associate Director and Chief Operations Officer VA Medical Center, Memphis 1030 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 901-577-7201 memphis.va.gov
Kehus assumed the role of Associate Medical Center Director for the Veterans Affairs Beverly Jordan (VA) Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee Vice President and on May 15, 2017. He served as Associate Medical Center Director at the Marion VA Chief Information and Medical Center from 2009 until his arrival Transformation Officer at the Memphis VA Medical Center. Kehus Baptist Memorial received his Master’s of Science degree in Health Care Hospital Administration from the University 350 North of Missouri. He began his VA career in 1983 Humphreys Blvd. as an Administrative Resident at the Hines Memphis, TN 38120 VA in Chicago. He has progressed through 901-227-7475 positions of increasing responsibility prior Beverly.email@example.com to his current position. He is a member of Jordan serves as Baptist Memorial Health the American College of Hospital ExCare’s Vice President and Chief Information ecutives. Kehus served as Interim Medical and Transformation Officer. This position Center Director at the John J. Pershing VA put her in charge of Baptist’s multimillion Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, Missouri, from dollar transition to an electronic health February to May of 2015 and as Interim record. She also oversees the organization’s Medical Center Director of Marion, Illinois, information technology services departVA Medical Center from June through ment―Baptist Technology Services. She December 2013 and January 2016 through earned a Bachelor of Science degree from September 2016. Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in nursing from the University William A. Kenley of Phoenix. Jordan has volunteered for Executive Vice President, Habitat for Humanity and served as chair of Community Group Leadership Memphis’ board of directors.
K Pat Keel Chief Financial Officer Senior Vice President St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 901-595-3300 Stjude.org
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Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare 1211 Union, Suite 700 Memphis, TN 38104 901-516-0937 methodisthealth.org
Kenley was named EVP for the Community Group in April 2017. This appointment will bring focus to unique aspects of community medicine. He was named CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital in May 2009. Prior to this appointment, he served as administrator and CEO of Methodist North Hospital for five years and led the hospital to become the first private hospital in Memphis with an electronic medical record. Kenley holds a master’s
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degree in health administration from Duke University and a bachelor of science from Radford University. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves as chairman of the board for both The Village at Germantown and the City of Germantown’s Bobby Lanier Farm Park. Additionally, Kenley serves on the advisory board for the Germantown Performing Arts Center.
Charles Key, JD General Counsel LifeLinc Corporation 3340 Players Club Parkway, Suite 350 Memphis, TN 38125 901-844-1590 lifelinc.com
Key currently serves as LifeLinc’s General Counsel and brings more than 30 years of experience in health care to the company. Over his career, he has represented hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, and a variety of health-related organizations in business planning, regulatory compliance, managed care, insurance, risk management, and medical staff relations. Key holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Arkansas State University and a law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a past chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Section, the Tennessee Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, and the editorial boards of the American Bar Association Health Law Section publications, The Health Lawyer and Stark & Anti-Kickback Toolkit. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the State Bar Associations of Missouri and Tennessee.
Randy King Vice President and CEO of the MetroMemphis Division Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-5191
Prior to joining Church Health in 2017, Koltnow served as Director of Communications and Community Relations at AutoZone and as the Founding Executive Director of the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation. Koltnow serves on the boards of the New Memphis Institute, Facing History and Ourselves, the Memphis Grantmakers Forum and Volunteer Odyssey.
Tina Kovacs Chief Financial Officer Saint Francis Healthcare 2986 Kate Bond Rd. Bartlett, TN 38133 901-820-7050 tina.kovacs@tenet health.com
In November 2017, Kovacs assumed the role of CFO for Saint Francis Healthcare. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Financial Officer at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett. She provides executive financial leadership, overseeing Accounting, Business Office, Patient Registration, Medical Records, Materials Management, Case Management, and Information Systems. Previous experience includes serving as Assistant Chief Financial Officer at Sierra Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. She has also worked in financial leadership roles at hospitals in Indiana and Louisiana. Kovacs received her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and her MBA from the University of New Orleans.
King is Vice President and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care’s metro-Memphis division—overseeing operations for eight Memphis-area Baptist hospitals. A graduate of Christian Brothers University, he served as CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto for nearly seven years before being promoted to Vice President and CEO of Baptist’s regional division, a position he held until he was promoted to his current role.
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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 her B.A. and J.D. degrees. She practiced law in Atlanta, GA 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 Community Redevelopment Agency, the Foundation of Southwest Tennessee Community College and St. John’s United Methodist Church.
John A. Lewis Administrator and CEO Semmes Murphey Clinic, PC 6325 Humphreys Boulevard Memphis, TN 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 16 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 of the College of Nursing Ruth Neil Murry Endowed Chair University of Tennessee Health Science Center 920 Madison Ave, 10th Floor Memphis, TN 38103 901-448-6135 firstname.lastname@example.org
A three-time alumna of UTHSC, Likes was appointed dean of the College of Nursing in June 2015. She is responsible for managing more than 100 faculty and staff members, and educating and serving some 600 students annually. She holds the Ruth Neil Murry Endowed Chair in Nursing. Likes has served as principal investigator or co-investigator for more than $1.2 million in grants and special project funding.
Jason Little President and Chief Executive Officer Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-5134
Little is the fifth president in Baptist’s 105year history, and under his leadership Baptist has grown from a 14-hospital system to a 21-hospital, $2.7 billion integrated health care system. Little received his bachelor’s
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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 is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Health Care Industry Council and serves on boards of Church Health, Greater Memphis Chamber, New Memphis Institute, the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Healthcare Institute, the University of Memphis Foundation, Memphis Bioworks, and the Tennessee Business Roundtable.
Chris Locke Chief Executive Officer Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett 2986 Kate Bond Road Memphis, TN 38133 901-820-7000 saintfrancisbartlett.com
Locke joined Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett as the CEO in June 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, FL. Locke holds a Master of Health Administration from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Kansas.
Courtney Love Executive Director of Clinical Operations and Human Resources University Clinical Health 1407 Union Avenue, Ste 700 Memphis, TN 38104 901-866-8864
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Love is Executive Director of Clinical Operations, Human Resources and Organization Training. She also serves as Privacy Officer for the organization. Love joined University Clinical Health in 2007 and was promoted to her current role in May of 2016. She is a native Memphian, but joined University Clinical Health from Chicago where she worked for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She holds a bachelor’s degree
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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 18 years of experience in healthcare administration and currently serves as Associate Administrator, Director of Business Development at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett. Since beginning his tenure there the hospital has opened a free standing imaging center, expanded 96 to 196 inpatient beds, became an accredited chest pain center, launched a STEMI program, became a certified stroke center, and developed a growing physician network. Lowes is the President Elect of the Arlington Chamber; President, Northeast Shelby County Rotary Club; and past Governing Board Member of the Bartlett Area Chamber. Lowes received his BA in Business Administration from Mississippi State University, his Master’s of Business Administration and Master’s of Healthcare Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Jackie Lucas Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Regional One Health 877 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-545-7100 regionalonehealth.org
Lucas has a broad background in healthcare and technology. Lucas has served as a Senior Executive of Health Systems and has held leadership and management positions in healthcare information technology, operations and finance in community, academic and children’s hospitals. Lucas is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. She has served on advisory boards for multiple organizations including two Fortune 15 companies, AT&T and McKesson. Lucas earned a BBA from Lambuth University and an MBA from the University of Memphis.
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M Jimmie Mancell, MD Interim President Methodist University Hospital 1265 Union Ave. Memphis, TN 38104 901-516-2600 methodisthealth.org
Dr. Mancell is acting as Interim President of Methodist University Hospital. A graduate of UTHSC College of Medicine, he completed his residency at MUH in 1997 and has held a variety of leadership roles since, including Chief of Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Methodist University Hospital, Physician Representative to the MLH Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Credentials Committee. In addition, Mancell also served as President of the MLH Medical Staff, 2010-2011 and Chief of Staff, 2011-2012.
Jon McCullers, MD Pediatrician-In-Chief Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 848 Adams Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-287-6030 email@example.com
Dr. McCullers is Chair of the Department of Pediatrics for The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and Pediatrician in Chief for Le Bonheur. Before joining Le Bonheur, McCullers worked as a pediatric infectious disease researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. From the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, McCullers received his Bachelor of Arts in pre-medicine from the University of Virginia. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also completed his internship and residency. He moved to Memphis, in 1996 for a Pediatric Infectious Disease fellowship with a joint St. Jude/ UT program. He joined St. Jude as an assistant faculty member in 2000 and was named a full faculty member in 2011.
Betty Sue McGarvey President Baptist College of Health Sciences 1003 Monroe Ave. Memphis, TN 38104 901-572-2585 bettysue.McGarvey@ BCHS.edu
McGarvey is president of the Baptist College of Health Sciences, which is also her alma mater and where she began her nursing education. She later completed degrees in nursing from both the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She has a doctorate in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. McGarvey
serves on the boards of the Memphis Rotary Club, Memphis Medical District Collaborative and Leadership Memphis.
Mark W. McMath Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare 1211 Union Ave. Memphis, TN 38104 901-516-0011 methodisthealth.org
McMath joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) in 2015 as Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Information Officer (CIO). He is responsible for providing corporate IT services to the 12,000 associates and 2,000 physicians that provide healthcare services to communities in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas. Prior to joining MLH, he served as CIO and VP of IT, Clinical and Support Services at Indiana University Health, Bloomington. He holds a Bachelor of Science in management and Master’s in Business Administration from Purdue University. McMath is a member of the Rotary Club of Memphis and serves on the HealthLINC information exchange board of directors, and University of Memphis Industry Advisory Board. He is also a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
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 State Tennessee Healthcare Association Board as Vice President of Non-Profit, and the Tennessee Health Care Association (THCA) Memphis District Board as Secretary and Treasurer. 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.
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Morgan is 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 became widely recognized for advancing knowledge of nervous-system 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.
G. Scott Morris, MD, M.Div. CEO & Founder Church Health 1350 Concourse Ave. Memphis, TN 38104 901-272-7170 morriss@church health.org
Morris has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and MD from Emory University. He is a board certified family practice physician and an ordained United Methodist minister. Since its founding by Morris in 1987, Church Health has provided quality, affordable health care for working, uninsured people and their families. It has grown to become the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the country.
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Katie Morrissette System Administrator for TeleHealth Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-4054 katie.Morrissette@ BMHCC.org
Morrissette is Baptist Memorial Health Care’s System Administrator for TeleHealth, which includes providing administrative oversight and strategic direction for Baptist’s comprehensive spectrum of TeleHealth programs. Morrissette has spent her entire health care career, which covers a period of four decades, with Baptist and has served in multiple progressive
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 leadership roles during this time. Some of these roles have included system director of the patient placement center, patient safety/clinical readiness lead for Baptist OneCare MyChart electronic health record system, chief nursing officer for Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi and assistant administrator for clinical/ancillary support services. Morrissette graduated from the Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and earned a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the College of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois. She is a certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.
Erich A. Mounce Chief Executive Officer West Cancer Center SVP Oncology Service Line Methodist Healthcare 7945 Wolf River Boulevard Germantown, TN 38138 901-683-0055 westcancercenter.org
Mounce is the Chief Executive Officer of West Cancer Center and also serves as Senior Vice President of the Oncology Service Line for Methodist Healthcare. Since his arrival, Mounce has been instrumental in the implementation of the West Cancer Center strategic vision, including leading and operationalizing the collaboration with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Methodist Healthcare to form the West Cancer Center partnership. This collaboration among the region’s leaders in patient care, education and research has provided Mid-South cancer patients a single network for the comprehensive and often complex care required to fight the disease. In November of 2015, his strategic vision for an academically focused, comprehensive cancer center became tangible with the opening of the new West Cancer Center on Wolf River Boulevard.”
Christine T. Mroz, MD Chief Medical Officer Mroz Baier Breast Clinic 6005 Park Avenue Suite 700 Memphis, TN 38119 901-527-3391
Dr. Mroz graduated from the State University of New York in Genesco, New York, and completed medical school at SUNY, Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. She was only the third woman to complete a surgical residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. She has received numerous awards for her work as a breast surgeon, and currently acts as the Fellowship Director of the Mayo Clinic Imaging Studies at the Mroz-Baier Breast Care Clinic.
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Susan G. Murrmann, MD FACOG Chief Medical Officer/ Medical Director McDonald Murrmann Center for Wellness and Health McDonald Murrmann Center for Skin and Laser 150 Wolf River Blvd Suite 150 Germantown, TN 38138 901-752-4000 In 1996, Dr. Murrmann 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—physically, mentally, and aesthetically. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Ob/ GYN and is now working on completing her fellowship in Metabolic, Nutritional, and Functional Medicine. In 2018 Dr. Murrmann along with her co-founders Dr. Mary McDonald and Dr. Heather Donato will expand both the new women’s clinic and McDonald Murrmann Center for Skin and Laser to include more services to better the health of women, inside and out.
N Keith Norman Vice President of Government Affairs Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-5041
Norman is now pursuing a certification in Diversity and Inclusion Management from the American Hospital Association and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
P Tommy Pacello, J.D., MCRP President Memphis Medical District Collaborative 656 Madison Ave. Memphis, TN 38103 901-730-2521 tpacello@ mdcollaborative.org
Pacello is the President of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC). MMDC is a non-profit community development organization focusing on the revitalization of the Memphis Medical District. Pacello works closely with the leadership of eight major anchor institutions to generate investment in the neighborhoods between and around the campuses in the district. Pacello serves as the Vice-Chair for the Memphis Chapter of the Urban Land Institute and is a frequent national speaker on civic innovation and urban issues. He is both an attorney and a city planner.
Autry Parker, MD President-Elect Memphis Medical Society Semmes Murphey Clinic, PC 6325 Humphreys Blvd Memphis, TN 38120 901-522-7700 semmes-murphey.com mdmemphis.org
A native Memphian, Dr. Parker is a board certified, fellowship trained anesthesiologist specializing in the interventional treatment firstname.lastname@example.org of severe spinal and neuromuscular pain. As Vice President of Government Affairs With more than 20 years of experience, for Baptist Memorial Health Care, Norman’s Parker was an early pioneer in the compreprimary responsibilities include establishhensive treatment of pain. His combined ing and maintaining relationships with Medical and Public Health School gradugovernment officials and strengthening ation thesis at Yale University was used Baptist’s community outreach partnerships. to develop the early protocols for patient He is pastor of First Baptist Church-Broad, controlled analgesia (PCA) that remain a member of the Memphis-Shelby County in broad use today. He completed his Crime Commission board of directors, a residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins board trustee at Christian Brothers UniHospital where he was the first Blaustein versity and a former commissioner of the Pain Fellow, training under the direcTennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign tion of neurosurgeons, psychiatrist and Finance. Norman is the immediate past anesthesiologist. His consistent and rational president of Memphis’ NAACP chapter approach toward opiate therapy resulted in and now serves on the national board of his appointment to the Tennessee Medical trustees. A graduate of Morehouse College, Advisory Board that helped develop the Norman earned a doctorate degree from current pain management guidelines in the Memphis Theological Seminary in 2016 state. and published his dissertation, which outlines strategies for urban community development in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Keith Perry, MBA Chief Information Officer Senior Vice President St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 901-595-3300 Stjude.org
Perry serves as Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President at St. Jude. Perry joined St. Jude in 2015 to provide strategic counsel and leadership for the hospital’s information technology initiatives. He leads the hospital’s information technology initiatives, directing internal information services systems and operations. Perry has spent more than 20 years working in healthcare with a focus on oncology.
Samuel Pieh Associate Administrator Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett 2986 Kate Bond Rd. Bartlett, TN 38133 901-820-7050 www.SaintFrancis Bartlett.com
Pieh is an accomplished health care leader with a vast amount of experience in operations in both health care and business. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Memphis and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. In addition, he has a doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Most recently, Samuel was the Chief Operating Officer at
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Nikki S. Polis Chief Nursing 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 on accelerating our organization’s commitment to patient- and family-centered care.
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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 901-595-3300 stjude.org
Quinn oversees a variety of support operations departments, including patient housing, Human Resources, Facilities Operations and Maintenance, Communications, Design and Construction, Security, Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Services and Food Services. Since joining St. Jude in 1986, Quinn has held several leadership roles, and under her direction, the Human Resources team has been instrumental in St. Jude being recognized for six consecutive years by FORTUNE magazine as one of the nation’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”
R Diane Ridgway President Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital 7691 Poplar Ave. Germantown, TN 38138 901-516-6994 Ridgway was named President of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital in 2017. Ridgway rejoined Methodist in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Patient Care at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. Previously she served as chief operating officer of WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia. Prior to that she was Senior Vice President and Chief Patient Care Officer at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Ridgway also served as corporate Vice President for Operations and assistant administrator at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. She has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Tennessee and earned an EMBA from the University of Memphis.
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.
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 stjude.org
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 Department of Oncology and holds the Lillian R. Cannon Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Endowed Chair. 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.
Jennie N. Robbins Senior Director of Finance and Performance Church Health 1350 Concourse Ave. Memphis, TN 38104 901-272-7170 robbinsj@church health.org
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 graduate of the University of New Orleans, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Mid-South Medical Group Management Association and is involved in many community projects and organizations in the Memphis area.
Carlos RodriguezGalindo, MD Executive Vice President Director, International Outreach Program Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 901-595-3300 stjude.org
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Hospital. He is also the Chair of the Department of Global Pediatric Medicine and holds the Four Stars of Chicago Endowed Chair in International Pediatric Research. Rodriguez-Galindo is leading the St. Jude efforts to ensure childhood cancer patients worldwide have access to an increased level of care currently unavailable in developing countries. The Global program includes 24 partner sites in 17 countries and continues to expand with the goal of improving the level and quality of care for childhood cancer patients in those regions.
Wanda RookPeperone Interim Chief Nursing Officer Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett 2986 Kate Bond Rd. Bartlett, TN 38133 901-820-7050 www.SaintFrancis Bartlett.com
Rook-Peperone joined Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett as Interim Chief Nursing Officer in October 2017. She is responsible for providing executive level leadership for patient care as well as several ancillary clinical departments. Prior to this, Wanda served as the Director of Nursing at Saint Francis Hospital- Memphis from 2011 to 2014, at which time she was promoted to Associate Chief Nursing Officer. RookPeperone received her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Memphis.
the Board. She is certified as a nurse executive by American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and served on the Advanced Nurse Executive Certification Content Expert Panel from 2007 to 2014.
David M. Schwartz, DO Chief Medical Officer Saint Francis Healthcare 5959 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38119 901-765-1000
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
Schwartz joined Saint Francis Healthcare as Chief Medical Officer in 2014. His responsibilities include quality improvement initiatives and providing physician executive leadership to Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett. Dr. Schwartz has held numerous leadership positions in his career. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Medical Affairs in Sentara Health System in Northern Virginia. Prior to that, he held the title of Vice President of Physician Integration with Vanguard Health Systems in Nashville. Dr. Schwartz received his medical degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and completed his residency at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.
Dr. Schwab is a board-certified nephrologist and internist. In 2006, he was appointed Executive Dean for the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In 2010, Schwab was named chancellor of UTHSC, which is home to six doctoral health science colleges – Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, as well some of state’s largest multispecialty faculty practice groups. Based at campuses in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, UTHSC is the state’s primary training center for Tennessee’s health care professionals.
S Lisa Cox Schafer, RN, MSN, NEA-BC Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer/ Chief Nursing Officer Regional One Health 877 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-545-7100
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Lee S. Schwartzberg, MD, FACP Executive Director West Cancer Center Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology University of Tennessee Health Science Center President & Chief Medical Officer Vector Oncology 7945 Wolf River Boulevard Germantown, TN 38138 901-683-0055 westcancercenter.org
Dr. Schwartzberg is the Executive Director of West Cancer Center and Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In addition, he also serves as the President and Chief Medical Officer for Vector Oncology, an oncology specific SMO/CRO. A renowned expert in the study and treatment of breast cancer, precision medicine and supportive care, Dr. Schwartzberg is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and is the founding editorin-chief of the journal Community Oncology. The author of more than 180 research, he is also the current editor-in-chief of the Practice Update Oncology website and serves on the editorial board for both the Journal of Supportive Oncology and the ASCO Post. Next year, he will celebrate his 30th year with West Cancer Center.
Kathleen Seerup, BSN, MSHA, RN, NE-BC Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 848 Adams Avenue Memphis, TN 38103 901-287-6030 email@example.com
Seerup is Le Bonheur Children’s Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer. Seerup comes from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and brings 31 years of nursing experience. At Lurie, Seerup served as Senior Director of Critical Care Services since 2012, and before that was Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She has been a bedside nurse and has held numerous progressive nurse leadership positions throughout her career. Seerup played a critical role in Lurie Hospital becoming the first freestanding children’s hospital in the country to gain Magnet Status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the only children’s hospital to earn the designation four times.
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Keith Siddel Vice President of Revenue Cycle Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-7010
Siddel was named Vice President of Revenue Cycle for Baptist Memorial Health Care in January 2016. In this role, Siddel is responsible for the overall Baptist revenue cycle and provides leadership for both hospital and physician-owned services, including patient access, health information management, coding and transcription, patient financial services, revenue audit, managed care finance, chargemaster, clinical documentation, denial mitigation and payer enrollment. Siddel has worked as an executive consultant, health care financial expert and legal counsel for many national health care providers, including hospitals, physician practices, surgery centers, clinics and fully integrated health care systems. Siddel has a Bachelor of Science, Master in Business Administration, Master of Laws and Juris Doctor. He was licensed as a nurse, served in the U.S. military and had a law practice in Monterey, California, prior to moving to Memphis.
Keith Stanhill Chief Human Resource Officer Saint Francis Hospital – Memphis 5959 Park Ave. Memphis, TN 38119 901-765-1000
Stanhill is Chief Human Resources Officer for Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and the Memphis Market. Since 2013, he has been with Tenet Healthcare, first at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, then at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, California. Originally from Southern California, he has worked in various HR leadership roles in Florida, Minnesota, Ohio and California. He holds a bachelor of arts from California State University in Long Beach. Stanhill has more than 20 years of experience and effectiveness in human resources.
Jill M. Steinberg Shareholder Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. First Tennessee Building 165 Madison Ave. Suite 2000 Memphis, TN 38103 901-577-2234 Cell: 901-378-2234
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Steinberg specializes in the representation of hospitals and physicians in medical malpractice cases. She also defends nursing homes and assisted living facilities in litigation and has experience in product liability litigation involving the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. She has tried more than 30 jury trials and has appeared before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Supreme Court and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. She is listed in Chambers USA as a leading medical malpractice defense lawyer in Tennessee and in The Best Lawyers in America in Medical Malpractice Law, Arbitration, Mediation, Health Care Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation. She is also listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers in Personal Injury Defense: Medical, and ranked among that publication’s top 50 attorneys in Memphis and top 100 attorneys in Tennessee.
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 lindsay.stencel@ bmhcc.org
Before being promoted to chief administrative officer at Baptist Memorial HospitalCollierville, Stencel served as an assistant administrator from 2011 to 2016 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, 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
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David Stern, MD Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs for Statewide Initiatives University of Tennessee Health Science Center 910 Madison Ave., Suite 1002 Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-2214
Formerly Robert Kaplan Executive Dean of the College of Medicine, Dr. Stern now focuses on the expansion and direction of new and ongoing university initiatives with the goal of ameliorating essential health problems across Tennessee. One key initiative proposes creation of an informed health care workforce organized into a coordinated network to combat the epidemic of substance use in Tennessee. An accomplished physician-scientist and administrator, Stern joined UTHSC in 2011. As Executive Dean, he championed creating a culture of excellence in clinical care, research, education, and community engagement. His emphasis on community engagement led to multiple programs that achieved national recognition and local impact, including the Mobile Stroke Unit, the Center for Health in Justice-Involved Youth, and the Center for Addiction Science, named the first center of excellence in addiction medicine in the country by The Addiction Medicine Foundation in Washington, D.C.
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Stopher leads Park Medical Management (PMM), a multi-specialty practice management organization which has been in business for more than 20 years. Instead of simply doing the bare minimum to collect payment, PMM gives close attention to each detail on all patient accounts. PMM offers personalized service based on the unique needs of each practice, and the company’s credentialing specialists take the headache out of things like CAQH, Medicare revalidation and facility appointments. PMM is proud to have many long-term clients thanks to their consistent and successful practice management.
Michaelia G. Sturdivant Senior Director of Reach Programs Church Health 1350 Concourse Ave. Memphis, TN 38104 901-272-7170 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 Christ United Methodist Church and was Past-President of Mid-South Medical Group Managers Association.
Mark Swanson, MD Vice President Baptist Memorial Health Care Chief Executive Officer Baptist Medical Group 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-5329 mark.swanson@ bmhcc.org
Dr. Swanson is CEO of Baptist Medical Group, Baptist’s 500-member multispecialty physician 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
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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 also earned a Master of Science degree in health care management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
T Kurt W. Tauer, MD, FACP Chief of Staff West Cancer Center Associate Professor, Division of Hematology/ Oncology University of Tennessee Health Science Center 7945 Wolf River Boulevard Germantown, TN 38138 901-683-0055 westcancercenter.org
Dr. Tauer is a senior partner and Chief of Staff at West Cancer Center. Along with Drs. William H. West and Lee Schwartzberg, Dr. Tauer was one of the original founding partners of West Clinic – joining the small oncology practice in 1985 following the completion of his Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. His commitment to serving the entire community, regardless of their ability to pay, has been the foundation of West Cancer Center’s growing Community Outreach Program – a program that seeks to encourage education, prevention and early detection among the most impoverished and underserved in the Memphis area. A renowned expert in the study and treatment of lung, breast, prostate, colon and melanoma cancers, Dr. Tauer also serves on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Panel for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.
Manoucheka Thermitus, MBA Vice-President Business Development Saint Francis Hospital 5959 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38119 901-765-1000 saintfrancishosp.com
Thermitus serves as Vice-President of Business Development for Saint Francis Hospital, overseeing all service line growth and business development for the hospital. She has 15 years of leadership experience including hospital operations, physician relations, strategic planning, service line development and hospital expansion. Most recently, she was Associate Administrator and Director of Business Development at
North Shore Medical Center in Miami. Prior to this, Thermitus held numerous positions including pharmaceutical sales consultant. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida and a Master’s in business administration from George Washington University.
Donald B. Thomason, PhD Dean of the College of Graduate Health Sciences University of Tennessee Health Science Center 920 Madison Ave., Suite 407 Memphis, TN 38163 901-448-5538 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomason has served as dean of the College of Graduate Health Sciences since 2012. Previously, he was associate dean for Student Affairs. A muscle physiologist, his research has focused on muscle gene expression, and 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 was president of the Tennessee Physiological Society, serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology, and is president of the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools.
Greg Thompson, MD President LifeLinc Corporation 3340 Players Club Parkway, Suite 350 Memphis, TN 38125 901-844-1590 lifelinc.com
A board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Thompson has practiced in a variety of clinical settings from ambulatory surgery centers to tertiary care teaching hospitals. As President of LifeLinc, he helps to meet the challenges of the changing healthcare market by combining the team-anesthesia concept with a high emphasis on quality, patient safety, efficiency, and cost containment. Dr. Thompson graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Medicine and completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Gail Thurmond Senior Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare 1211 Union Ave., Suite 700 Memphis, TN 38104 901-516-0702 methodisthealth.org
As senior Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness, Thurmond is responsible for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s medical staff, including credentialing, medical staff committees, and physician quality. She oversees other physician leaders in the system including the chief medical officers. Dr. Thurmond also served as chief medical information officer beginning in 2002 and was instrumental in early PowerChart design and implementation at Methodist. A Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Thurmond is passionate about patient safety and reducing variations in care. Thurmond received an MBA from University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2000 and subsequently was appointed to their faculty to teach health information technology. She currently serves on their Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) Advisory Council.
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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Jill Truitt Chief Information Officer Baptist Medical Group 1717 W. Massey Road Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-3277 firstname.lastname@example.org
Truitt has worked with Baptist since February 2012. Truitt has more than 30 years of health care IT experience with a background in software development and implementing electronic medical records and practice management systems at large academic centers and integrated delivery systems. Prior to working with Baptist Medical Group, Truitt served as the CIO/Vice President for UT Medical Group. Before relocating to Memphis, Tennessee, Truitt served as the program director at Allina Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she was the program director for the organization’s Epic implementation. She has a Bachelor of Science in economics and computer science from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dubuque. She is a member of the University of Memphis BIT advisory board, and she is a past director of the executive board of the Make-A-Wish Mid-South chapter.
William Tuttle Vice President for MetroMemphis Planning Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-8135
than 25 years’ experience delivering impactful advertising and marketing, media, community and public affairs strategies. In 2010 she joined Qsource, where she leads a nationally-regarded, in-house team of MarCom professionals in development of targeted communication programs that support the organization’s work with multiple healthcare-related customers and contracts across 11 states. For atom Alliance, Qsouce’s CMS-funded QIN-QIO, she was chiefly responsible for developing a multi-state brand identity, provider and patient educational materials, websites and digital asset portals, that align with CMS’ program mission to be measurable, scalable, cost-effective and meet federal 508 requirements for accessibility.
U Michael Ugwueke President/Chief Executive Officer Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare 1211 Union Ave., Suite 700 Memphis, TN 38104 901-516-0543 methodisthealth.org
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 email@example.com ship for the system’s five adult inpatient hospitals and affiliated companies. Tuttle is the Vice President of Metro-MemUgwueke previously served as senior Vice phis planning for Baptist Memorial Health President for Methodist North and South Care. He earned bachelor degrees from Hospitals, which he began in June 2009. the University of Memphis and Oklahoma Prior to assuming this role, he was CEO of Baptist University and a master’s degree Methodist South Hospital, held since Februfrom the Washington University School of ary 2007. Ugwueke has a bachelor’s degree Medicine. He recently earned his Executive in biology from Shaw University, a master’s Doctor of Science in Administration-Health of public health from Emory University Services from the University of Alabama and a Doctor of Health Administration at Birmingham. In addition to his work at and Leadership degree from the Medical Baptist, he is an adjunct instructor for the University of South Carolina. University of Memphis’ Division of Health Systems Management and Policy Master of Health Administration Program and is a member of the Medical Education and Research Institute board of directors.
Brooke Tweddell Director, Marketing & Communications Qsource 3340 Players Club Pkwy., Ste.300 Memphis 38125 901-682-0381 Qsource.org atomAlliance.org
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V Kim Van Frank, RN, BSN, MBA Executive Director Mid-South Transplant Foundation 8001 Centerview Parkway #302 Cordova, TN 38018 901-328-4438 kvanfrank@ midsouthdonor.org www.midsouth transplant.org
Van Frank is the Executive Director of the Mid-South Transplant Foundation, the federally designated Organ Procurement Organization. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations including long-range strategic planning to achieve its mission: To improve the quality of lives through excellence in the process of organ donation and transplantation. Van Frank earned her Master’s of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Union University and a Diploma of Nursing from Methodist School of Nursing.
Santiago Vera, MD Medical Director Mid-South Transplant Foundation 8001 Centerview Parkway #302 Cordova, TN 38018 901-328-4438 svera@midsouth donor.org www.midsouth transplant.org
Dr. Vera is the Medical Director for the MidSouth Transplant Foundation. He recently retired as Assistant Chief of Surgery and General and Hepato-pancreatobiliary Surgeon at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and as a Professor at the department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Dr. Vera was a transplant surgeon at UT/ Methodist Transplant Institute in Memphis from 1982-2008. A graduate of the Central University of Venezuela Medical School, he completed his Surgery Residency and Transplantation fellowship at UTHSC.
Robert Vest Chief Operating Officer Baptist Medical Group 1717 W. Massey Road Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-7450 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vest has been with Baptist since 2008. Vest started his career with Baptist as Senior Physician Developer, handling acquisitions of many physician practices that are now part of the BMG
InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 family. As BMG grew, Vest became the Executive Director of Development and Acquisitions and then Executive Director of Acquisitions Development and Transition Operations, helping new BMG doctors and physician groups transition into a cohesive unit to provide patients with the highest quality of care. Vest holds a bachelor of science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to joining Baptist, Vest practiced law as both a transactional attorney and a commercial litigator. Vest is a member of the American Medical Group Association and the Tennessee Health Law Association.
W 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 35 years of professional experience in healthcare finance. He is a member of the Health Financial Management Association and serves on the Tennessee Hospital Association Solutions Group. Wagers is a graduate of Leadership Memphis.
Buckner Wellford Shareholder, Chairman Advocacy Department Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC First Tennessee Building 165 Madison Avenue, Suite 2000 Memphis, TN 38103 901-577-2152
bwellford@ bakerdonelson.com www.bakerdonelson.com
Buckner Wellford, shareholder in the Memphis office, Wellford represents hospitals, physicians and medical groups in health care litigation, regulatory, peer review, contract and employment matters. Since his arrival at the firm in 2004, Wellford has defended physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities in federal and state court jury trials involving
orthopedic, neurosurgery, gynecologic services, intensive care services and rehabilitative care services. He is chairman of the Advocacy Department and former chair of the Healthcare Advocacy Group. Wellford has briefed and argued cases for clients at the state and federal appellate levels, in addition to representing them on administrative and/or civil enforcement proceedings involving hospital peer review proceedings, the Tennessee Department of Health, Board of Medical Examiners, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Inspector General. He has also litigated healthcare cases in state and federal courts in Tennessee, Texas and Massachusetts. Wellford has substantial jury and bench trial experience in state and federal courts in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. Many of these cases involved the defense of healthcare disputes, civil rights and fraud claims as well. He is a former Shelby County Commissioner, serving two terms.
Candace Wilder Chief Operating Officer West Cancer Center 7945 Wolf River Blvd Germantown, TN 38138 901-683-0055 westcancercenter.org
Wilder is Chief Operating Officer for West Cancer Center where she previously served as Vice President of Operations. She joined West Cancer Center as Director of West Clinic’s Comprehensive Breast Center in 2012 where she managed staffing and operations for the two breast center locations. Prior to joining West, Wilder served in leadership roles at the Memphis Heart Clinic (MHC) and aided in the transition as MHC merged with the West Clinic in 2011. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in communications. She has been actively involved in the Memphis community, working with the Healthy Memphis Common Table, the American Heart Association and Conservation through Art, a partnership between Arts Memphis and Ducks Unlimited.
Phil Willcoxon Chief Executive Officer Delta Medical Center 3000 Getwell Memphis, TN. 38118 901-369-8501
Executives. He holds a master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Missouri.
Perisco Wofford, MD President Bluff City Medical Society 4567 Millbranch Road Memphis, TN 38116 901-345-1454 periscowofford@ bellsouth.net
Dr. Wofford is currently the President of Bluff City Medical Society, a local chapter of the National Medical Association. Bluff City Medical Society is the premier black physician’s organization which is leading the way in healthcare for the Mid-South. Wofford is board certified in nephrology and internal medicine in private practice in Memphis, Tennessee but licensed to practice in Mississippi and Tennessee. Wofford has 14 years of experience and is affiliated with Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals, Baptist Memphis and Baptist DeSoto and St. Francis Hospital Memphis. He has held many leadership positions including past Chairman of Department of Internal Medicine at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. He graduated from Mississippi State University with Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and attended medical school at University of Mississippi Medical Center. He did internship and residency with Methodist Healthcare of Memphis and chief residency at UTHSC and nephrology fellowship at University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Ken Woody President Innova Memphis 20 S. Dudley St., Suite 620 Memphis, TN 38103 901-866-1420 kwoody@innova memphis.com
Woody has served as President of Innova Memphis since 2007. Innova, an early-stage Venture Fund, invests in Healthcare and Technology companies in Memphis and across Tennessee. Woody was a VicePresident with GE Healthcare and Johnson and Johnson companies. He was Senior Vice-President of Global Sales for Smith and Nephew Orthopedics. He served as a Captain in the US Army Infantry.
Willcoxon joined Acadia Healthcare in 2016 with over 20 years experience in Senior leadership. He previously served as CEO of the Ozark Center, the largest Mental Health provider in Southwest Missouri. He also served as the Vice President of Freeman Health Systems and as CEO of the American College of Healthcare
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Kimberly Young Chief Financial Officer Baptist Medical Group 1717 W. Massey Road Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-4080
Lin Zhan, PhD, RN, FAAN Dean & Professor AACN-Wharton Fellow The University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing Memphis, TN 38152 901-678-2020
Young has served in a financial role for Baptist for more than 25 years. Outside of work, Young has served on boards of the LG&W Federal Credit Union and the Red Cross. She also is an avid runner and CrossFit participant, and she routinely participates in marathons, raising money for nonprofit organizations. Young earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.
working to improve children’s health and wellbeing.
Derick B. Ziegler Vice President Chief Executive Officer West Tennessee Market and Hospitals and Affiliate Integration Baptist Memorial Health Care 350 North Humphreys Blvd. Memphis, TN 38120 901-227-5197
Zhan earned her PhD from Boston College in 1993. Prior to her arrival in Memphis, she was Dean and Professor, School of Nursing at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, and Director and Professor of the PhD Program in Health Promotion and Nursing at University of Massachusetts Lowell, and tenure professor at University of Massachusetts Boston. Zhan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), serving on the Academy’s Expert Panels on Aging and Global Health, and being elected to serve on the Academy’s Fellow Selection Committee. Zhan is an editorial board member for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Journal of Geriatric Nursing Research, Journal of Geriatrics and Medicine, and Journal of Advance Nursing Science. Zhan was named the top ten nursing professors in the United States (2011). In 2016 Zhan was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing – the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. Zhan serves on the Le Bonheur National Leadership Council – “a think tank”
As Vice President and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care’s West Tennessee market, Ziegler oversees all Baptist hospital operations in West Tennessee. As VP for hospital and affiliate integration, Ziegler oversees all hospital and/or affiliate merger and acquisition activities. He also serves as the executive sponsor for Baptist’s telehealth program, which includes the Enterprise Placement Center, Centralized Patient Transport and Dispatch Center, TeleGuardian e-ICU and the TeleConsult hub. Prior to taking on this role, Ziegler spent three years as the VP and CEO of Baptist’s regional market and four years and two years respectively, as CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial HospitalMemphis and Baptist Memorial HospitalUnion City. Before working with Baptist, Ziegler spent 23 years in the army as a health care administrator, where he retired as a colonel. Ziegler is a past president of Mid-South Health Care Executives.
InCharge Healthcare 2017 Company Index A ADF Medical Practice Development 22 B Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC 40, 45 Baptist Medical Group 42,44,46 Baptist Memorial Health Care 8, 10. 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 35, 36, 40, 42, 44, 46
Crosstown Back & Pain Institute 12, 13
Memphis Bioworks Foundation 10
Memphis Jewish Home and Rehab 8, 33, 34
Delta Medical Center 12, 15, 20, 45 H Healthcare Realty Trust 23 I Innova Memphis 45 L Lakeside Behavioral Health System 2, 14, 22, 24
Memphis Medical Society 16, 18. 36
Parkwood Behavioral Health System 18, 20
Memphis Mental Health Institute 18
Provident Practice Management Services, LLC 14, 30
Memphis Neuroscience Research Institute 43
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital 8, 20, 24, 34, 40
Mid-South Imaging & Therapeutics, PA 10
LifeLinc Corporation 15, 24, 32, 41, 42
Midsouth MGMA 23, 24
Campbell Clinic 10, 28
Midsouth Pain Treatment Centers 17
Church Health 12, 23, 32, 35, 38, 42
Mays & Schnapp Pain Clinic and Rehabilitation Center 16, 31
Mid-South Pulmonary Specialists, PC 10, 24
Butler Snow 5
Consolidated Medical Practices of Memphis 10, 37 Crestwyn Behavioral Health 35, 41
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McDonald Murrmann Center for Skin and Laser 36 McDonald Murrmann Center for Wellness and Health 36
State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company 29
P Park Medical Management, Inc 8, 42
Landau Uniforms 12
Bluff City Medical Society 45
Neurology Clinic 26
Memphis Medical District Collaborative 36
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare 12, 13, 29, 30, 34, 38, 43, 44
Barnett Group 39
Mid-South Transplant Foundation 44 Mroz Baier Breast Clinic 10, 36 MSK Group, PC 30
Q Qsource 16, 22, 26, 28, 44 R Regional One Health 9, 16, 34, 37, 38, 39, 43, 45
Stern Cardiovascular Foundation 20 T The University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing 46 Trumbull Laboratories, LLC 28 U University Clinical Health 11, 13, 15, 33
Rice Law Firm 27
University of Tennessee Health Science Center 14, 16, 32, 39, 41, 42, 47
Saint Francis Hospital – Bartlett 29, 32, 33 34, 37, 39
VA Medical Center 8, 12, 20, 22, 30
Saint Francis Hospital – Memphis 16, 26, 39, 40, 42
Semmes Murphey Clinic, PC 21, 32, 36 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 19, 22, 24, 30, 35,
Vector Oncology 40 Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP 14, 15, 19 West Cancer Center 7, 15, 18, 26, 36, 40, 42, 45
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