Coopwood Installed As Tennessee Hospital Association Chairman; Medley Is Chair-Elect

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Reginald Coopwood, Tennessee Hospital Association's Newly Installed Chairman
Reginald Coopwood, Tennessee Hospital Association's Newly Installed Chairman
Reginald Coopwood, MD, president and CEO, Regional Medical Center at Memphis, was installed as chairman of the Tennessee Hospital Association’s board of directors during the association’s annual meeting in Nashville.

Mark Medley, president and CEO, hospital operations, Capella Healthcare, Franklin, was elected chairman-elect of the board. He will become chairman during the 2014 annual meeting in Nashville. 

Joe Landsman, president and CEO, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, became immediate past chairman. He also will serve as speaker of the House of Delegates in 2014.

Dr. Coopwood has served as president and CEO of the Regional Medical Center at Memphis since 2010.

Prior to this position, he served as chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority, which included Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, Bordeaux Long-Term Care and Knowles Assisted Living & Adult Day Services. In 2000, he became the first appointed chief medical officer for Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, a position he held until his selection as CEO in 2005. A board certified surgeon,  Dr.Coopwood served as associate clinical professor of surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and associate professor of surgery at Meharry Medical College. He serves on the boards of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST), America’s Essential Hospitals (formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems), Governor’s Health and Wellness Task Force and MidSouth eHealth Alliance (MSeHA). Coopwood is chairman of the American Hospital Association’s Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council. He also is a member of the American College of HealthCare Executives. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry and business administration at Oakwood College and a doctorate of medicine at Meharry Medical College.                

Dr. Medley is responsible for the operations of 14 acute care and specialty hospital facilities throughout the U.S. Prior to joining Capella in 2008, he was affiliated with LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., Franklin, for nine years, serving as a hospital CEO and a division chief financial officer. Medley has served as chairman of the THA Council on Government Affairs and he received the THA Small or Rural Hospital Leadership Award in 2013 in recognition of his service. In addition, he has served on the Tennessee Rural Partnership and THA Solutions Group boards of directors. A fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Medley has served on the advisory council to Tennessee’s ACHE regent. In addition, he serves on the board for Ridley Barron, Inc., an organization nationally known for its efforts to improve patient safety and inspire positive change. Medley received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in business administration at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville.   

District representatives on the THA board of directors are (italicized names indicate reelected or newly elected members): David Archer, CEO, Memphis market, Saint Francis Hospital, Memphis district; Thomas Gee, CEO, Henry County Medical Center, Paris, west district; Mike Garfield, CEO, HMA/Tennova Healthcare, middle district;Alan Watson, CEO, Maury Regional Healthcare System, Columbia, south middle district; James Hobson, president and CEO, Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga district; Keith Goodwin, president and CEO, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville district; Scott Bowman, administrator, Sweetwater Hospital Association, mid-east district; and Candace Jennings, senior vice president, Tennessee operations, Mountain States Health Alliance, Johnson City, northeast district.
            
At-large members of the board are: Bobby Arnold, president and CEO, West Tennessee Healthcare, Jackson;David Posch, CEO, Vanderbilt University Hospitals, Nashville; Denny DeNarvaez, president and CEO, Wellmont Health System, Kingsport; Jeff Seraphine, president, Delta Division, LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., Brentwood; Mike Schatzlein, MD, president and CEO, Saint Thomas Health, Nashville; and Anthony Spezia, president and CEO, Covenant Health, Knoxville. 
          
Other board appointments include: Thelma Traut, board chair, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon, and Jeffrey Woodside, MD, board member, Hardin Medical Center, Savannah; representing hospital trustees; Scott Tongate, CEO, Lauderdale Community Hospital, Ripley, representing the THA Small or Rural Constituency Section; and THA President Craig Becker.
           
Paul Korth, CEO and CFO, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, will represent the THA Council on Government Affairs; Morris Seligman, MD, senior vice president/CMO, Mountain States Health Alliance, Johnson City, and chairman, THA CMO Society, will serve as the physician representative; Charles Howorth, executive director, Tennessee Business Roundtable, Nashville, will serve as the business representative; Chuck Whitfield, president and CEO, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Greeneville, will serve as the THA Solutions Group board representative;Jason Boyd, interim CEO, Metro Hospital Authority, Nashville, and chair of the THA Council on Diversity, will serve as the diversity representative; Christine Bradley, assistant vice chancellor, government relations, Vanderbilt University Hospitals, Nashville, will serve as the Tennessee Rural Partnership representative; and Robert Gordon, retired executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, Memphis, has been selected to serve as an emeritus board member.
            
Jason Little, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, Memphis; and Stephen Corbeil, president, HCA TriStar Health System, Brentwood, will serve as Tennessee’s delegates to the American Hospital Association (AHA). Kevin Spiegel, president and CEO, Erlanger Health System, Chattanooga, will serve as an AHA alternate delegate. 
Mark Medley, Tennessee Hospital Association's Chair-Elect
Mark Medley, Tennessee Hospital Association's Chair-Elect

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