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.  


Blood Assurance Says Stay Cool With Fourth Of July Giveaway

Community members who make an appointment to donate at any Blood Assurance donor center, bloodmobile, or blood drive between July 1-8 will receive a Fourth of July cooler. This complimentary gift is a part of Blood Assurance’s goal to save 90,000 lives this summer – a time when blood supply levels are historically low. “We are always in need of blood and platelet donations, ... (click for more)

Siskin Hospital Therapist Earns Certification

Siskin Hospital announces Carroll Allen, PT, has passed the Geriatric Certified Specialist exam.   This certification is awarded by the American Physical Therapy Association.   Ms. Allen is a physical therapist in Siskin Hospital’s Outpatient Orthopedic Program.   The Geriatric Certified Specialist certification is for physical therapists with advanced clinical ... (click for more)

Smith Denies He Told Young To Shoot Holsey In North Chattanooga Drug Deal That Cost A Life; Asks Jury To Spare Him Life Sentence

Briston "B.J." Smith told a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon that he never ordered Adram "A.B." Young to shot Charles "Chas" Holsey in a North Chattanooga drug deal that cost a life. Smith, who was 18 at the time and is now 20, asked the jury not to put him behind bars for life. The state is seeking a life sentence (51 years) on a first-degree felony murder charge. ... (click for more)

Jury Finds Milner Guilty Of Lesser Charge In Attack On Cancer Patient

A Criminal Court jury found 27-year-old Michael William Milner guilty of reckless endangerment in an attack on a cancer patient at an East Ridge motel on July 12, 2016. Milner had been charged with aggravated assault, which would have carried a possible prison sentence of 6-10 years because he was a Range II offender due to his prior record, prosecutor Bates Bryan said. The ... (click for more)

Exempt Volunteer Fire Departments From Procurement Policies - And Response (2)

The Hamilton County Commission just grouped a bunch of departments together in an attempt to reign in the CVB. I haven't spoken to any commissioners, but I truly believe it was unknowingly. By mandating that all non profits that receive 25 percent of their revenue follow county procurement policies, they might as well have padlocked all local volunteer fire departments. We expect ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

I am constantly amazed by the many emails that I receive every day. Quite curiously, I get a heavier load than I would ever have thought because the big search engines on the Internet send my Chattanoogan.com stories far and wide. Even the local ones on the Chattanooga area bring comments and I am deeply flattered. I try to read them and lament I haven’t the time to respond the ... (click for more)