Memorial Names Hospital Presidents

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Memorial Health Care System has revised its leadership structure to better meet the challenges of operating and delivering healthcare in the communities it serves, said officials.

The role of president and chief executive officer transitioned to chief executive officer of Memorial Health Care System and each of the system’s hospitals, Memorial Hospital and Memorial Hospital Hixson, now has a president to focus on overall operational management of their respective facilities in accordance with the mission, vision and values of Memorial. 

James M. Hobson is chief executive officer of Memorial Health Care System. As CEO, Mr. Hobson will focus his efforts on strategies to integrate and enhance the care continuum across the region.

Debra L. Moore is president of Memorial Hospital Hixson. Ms. Moore previously served as senior vice president, Memorial Hospital Hixson. Ms. Moore joined Memorial in 1987 as a graduate nurse and has served in a variety of leadership roles throughout her Memorial tenure. Ms. Moore is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and holds masters' degrees in business administration and nursing from Southern Adventist University.  

Ricky D. Napper is president of Memorial Hospital. Mr. Napper most recently served as president/chief executive officer of Magnolia Regional Health Center, a 200-bed located in Corinth, Ms.  Mr. Napper has more than 18 years of healthcare leadership experience at several systems throughout the South.  At Magnolia Regional Health Center, he served as president/CEO since 2004. During his tenure there, he led the organization to achieve 100 Top Hospital and “Most Wired” Hospital designations, while overseeing construction of a new patient tower, cancer center and heart and vascular center.  Formerly, he was chief executive officer of Norton Community Hospital, Norton, Va.; president/chief executive officer of Crittenden Health Systems, Marion, Ky.; and spent 21 years with the Army armed forces.

He received a master’s degree in business from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.; a bachelor of science degree in health care management from Park College, Mo.; and a licensed practical nurse diploma from Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam, Houston, Texas.  He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been active in numerous civic organizations, including the Rotary Club.


Shaw Receives St. Jude 2017 Proprietary Campaign Of The Year Award

Shaw Industries Group, Inc. has been selected as the recipient of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 2017 Proprietary Campaign of the Year award. This award issued by St. Jude recognizes a corporate partner who has implemented a successful proprietary campaign in addition to their primary means of support for the hospital. Shaw’s collective efforts around its cushion and ... (click for more)

Erlanger North Hospital Offers Living Well Workshop To Promote Management Of Chronic Conditions

Erlanger North Hospital, in partnership with the Hamilton County Health Department, is now offering a Living Well workshop to help individuals manage chronic conditions and improve overall health.   "Chronic diseases are any disease or condition that persists over a long period of time. These diseases can lead to pain, discomfort, daily challenges, and financial hardship," ... (click for more)

Judge Walter Williams May Go Back On The Bench As Administrative Hearing Officer

One of the city's most colorful judges may go back on the bench. The City Council on Tuesday is set to vote on the nomination of former City Court Judge Walter Williams as administrative hearing officer - a new city position. The law license of the former judge was transferred to disability inactive status in August of 2015 after he suffered a stroke early in the year.  ... (click for more)

Body Believed To Be That Of McCallie Student Jackson Standefer Recovered In Colorado River

A body believed to be that of a McCallie School student who was swept away in a creek in the Grand Canyon was recovered on Friday. The Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center said it was notified by a commercial river trip that they located a body on the Colorado River at River Mile 152. Park rangers responded and recovered the body, which was transported to the rim ... (click for more)

White Coat Syndrome And The Medical System - And Response (2)

Today I wish to share what I am feeling as a patient in our medical system. I am too old to put on airs at this point, and this is too pervasive of a problem for me to contain.   As I enter my AARP years, I am faced with so many medical encounters that evoke all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. I dread physician’s appointments riddled with government regulatory hypocrisy, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Readers Are Right

It is hardly a secret that since I have become intensely interested in public education in Chattanooga, I have tried to read, research and understand how our efforts have fallen horribly short in the last 15 years. We agree we have a crisis on many fronts and I hope it is equally obvious I am desperate for solutions. Much like school board member Karista Jones, I worry that we are ... (click for more)