Medical: Hospital Administration

Doctors and nurses aren’t the only ones keeping our hospitals running, and the people in the business of saving lives aren’t always the ones wearing stethoscopes. The following people are responsible for making healthcare delivery run smoothly, so that doctors can do their jobs and you can get the care you need. Administrators make sure hospitals operate efficiently and provide adequate medical care to patients. While doctors strive to keep the blood flowing and the heart beating, the hospital administrator is doing his or her job keeping the hospital alive and healthy.

President and CEO, Saint Francis Hospital; CEO, Saint Francis Healthcare. B.S., Purdue; M.P.H and M.B.A., Columbia. During his tenure, hospital has grown to include Saint Francis-Bartlett, the Ambulatory Surgery Center, and the Joint and Spine Center. Received Humanitarian Award in 2004, National Conference for Community and Justice. Board Member, Mid-South e-Health Alliance, Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association, Tennessee Hospital Association, and The Hospital Wing.

President and CEO, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. M.S.N. and M.B.A., Case Western Reserve University. Helped oversee Le Bonheur’s $100 million fund-raising campaign and completion of a new $340 million hospital. National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions’ Advocacy Award in 2008 and Public Relations Society of America, Memphis Chapter, Communicator of the Year in 2009. Board Member,  Ballet Memphis. Member, Memphis Women’s Forum.

President and CEO, Crittenden Regional Hospital. B.S., Commerce and Business Administration, University of Alabama; M.B.A., Ole Miss. Named West Memphis Chamber of Commerce 2011 Citizen of the Year and “Top 40 Under 40,” Memphis Business Journal. Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives. Member, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Member, Governor’s Trauma Advisory Council. Chairman, Northeast Arkansas Trauma Regional Council. Board Member, Arkansas Hospital Association.

President and CEO, Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The MED). B.S., Oakwood College; M.D., Meharry Medical College. MED is anchored by Centers of Excellence in Trauma, Burn, Wound, Neonatal Intensive Care, and High-Risk Obstetrics. As head, Coopwood was named by BusinessTN among the state’s “Healthcare Top 25” in 2007 and 2009. Winner in 2005 of the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center’s Excellence in Health Award.

Director and CEO, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Pharm.D., University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Has received numerous national awards for his research, including Pediatric Cancer Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology (shared with wife, Dr. Mary Relling), and Team Science Prize, American Association of Cancer Research (shared with St. Jude leukemia team). Elected Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science. Member, Board of Trustees, Rhodes College.

Group Director, UHS and CEO, UHS/Lakeside Behavioral Health System. Oversees facility that specializes in psychiatric care and substance-abuse treatment, with additional educational services for at-risk youth. A graduate of DeSoto Leadership and a member of the DeSoto Arts Council. Also provides professional support at the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. Board Member, Memphis/Shelby County Mental Health Summit.

President and CEO, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation. B.S., Arkansas State University; Master of Health Administration, Washington University School of Medicine. Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, Union University. Fellow, ACHE. Board Secretary, Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Member, University of Memphis Board of Visitors and University of Tennessee Development Council. Board Member, Memphis Bioworks Foundation and Memphis Tomorrow. Received B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Award. Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 2000.

CEO, Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. B.A., Psychology, University of Georgia; Psy.D, Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology. Notable projects include carrying out the Secretary of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to zero out homelessness among veterans. Has received several commendations and awards for Excellence in Leadership through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Member, American College of Healthcare Executives.

President and CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. B.S., Clemson University; M.B.A., University of Memphis. Led expansion of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown and new Le Bonheur hospital. Notable awards under his leadership include Methodist Healthcare named Corporation of the Year by Memphis Business Development Corporation. Board Member, National Civil Rights Museum and Memphis Bioworks Foundation. Former Chairman, Memphis Tomorrow.

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