Steven Burkett Named Sr. Vice President Of Physician Services At Erlanger

Monday, December 9, 2013
Steven Burkett
Steven Burkett

Steven H. Burkett has been named senior vice president of Physician Services at the Erlanger Health System.  In making the announcement, Erlanger President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, noted that “Steve’s significant executive experience in medical group management, hospital operations and managing physician relationships makes him the ideal fit for this key position at Erlanger.”

Prior to his position at Erlanger, Mr. Burkett served as founder and CEO of The Burkett Group in Memphis. Mr. Burkett’s consulting firm served numerous clients in the health care industry, advising them in such areas as strategy development and planning, contract negotiation, ambulatory care and clinic assessment and facilities development.

From 1984 to 2012, Mr. Burkett worked with UT Medical Group, Inc. in Memphis, an adult multi-specialty group practice at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Medicine in Memphis.   As President and Chief Executive Officer, he was responsible for the development of the UT Medical Group’s overall strategic plan, alliances and business opportunities with hospitals, managed care organizations and other entities in the healthcare marketplace.  Under his leadership, the UT Medical Group grew to more than 440 MD and non-MD providers, representing specialists and sub-specialists in all major disciplines.

Mr. Burkett has served as president and executive director of University of Tennessee Bowld Hospital in Memphis, president of University Physicians Foundation in Memphis, and administrator of University Physicians Group with the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.

He received his Master of Public Administration, with a Major in Health Services Administration from the University of Memphis in Tennessee.

Board memberships include Shelby County’s Mayor’s Healthy Community Commission, the Governor’s Safety Net Task Force, and Board Chairman of Memphis Managed Care Corporation.

Mr. Burkett has also been active in community involvement, serving on the Board of Directors of Theater Memphis, graduating from Leadership Memphis in 2004, Executive Committee member of the Memphis Area Transit Authority and Chairman of the American Heart Walk in Memphis and Shelby County.  In 2002 he was named Memphis Executive of the Year by the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

Mr. Burkett and his wife Anita have two daughters, Whitney and Hillary.  He assumed his new leadership position at Erlanger on Dec. 2.  


Boy Scouts Host Blood Donation Competition

The Cherokee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America is hosting a friendly competition throughout the month of March amongst regional troops to give back and donate blood at Blood Assurance, the non-profit blood donor center servicing more than 50 counties across a five-state region. The troop that brings in the most blood donors will receive a celebratory pizza party. As Blood Assurance's ... (click for more)

IHOP Serves Pancakes To Patients At Children's Hospital

IHOP associates are flipping pancakes for patients at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger  tomorrow  at  12 p.m.   On  Tuesday, March 7 , five local IHOP restaurants will offer each guest a free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day. This family-friendly tradition raises needed funds and awareness for Children’s Hospital ... (click for more)

Corker Wishing Trump Well On 1st Speech To Congress; Hopes For Clarity On Replacing Health Care Plan, Tackling Deficits

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday released the following statement in advance of President Donald J. Trump’s joint address to Congress.   “There is a lot of anticipation about the president’s speech  tonight  to Congress – his first. I know that a lot of people will be tuned in.   “I spend a lot of time with him on foreign policy issues ... (click for more)

Arson Suspected At Fire That Destroys Long-Vacant Ooltewah House

Arson is suspected in a fire that destroyed a long-vacant house at Ooltewah on Monday night. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fire at 4617 Woodland Dr. At  10:45 p.m. , a neighbor called 911 reporting a house fire. Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting the house was fully involved. Fire ... (click for more)

Embrace America - And Response (2)

Okay, Hollywierd we get it. The world of entertainment and cinema arts do not support President Trump. But for all their derisive and divisive speech, truth remains. People who support conservative values do not hate children, we do not hate immigrants, we do not hate other races and ethnicities although that is all you trumpet at every opportunity.  What we do support ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Way 'Over The Line'

Every day last week a Chattanooga woman sent me a press release for a “Recess Week of Action,” which was the greatest example of “an exercise in futility” that I can recall in recent years. I absolutely refuse to attend, write, or publicize such a group of admittedly-questionable political agitators. Please, I have never seen anything like this! Sometime soon, I suspect, the truth ... (click for more)