Jim Sattler Joins Erlanger Board

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
James F. (Jim) Sattler, general partner with Vision Development, has been appointed to serve on the Chattanooga Hamilton County Hospital Authority Board which governs the Erlanger Health System.
 
Mr. Sattler was appointed to Erlanger’s board by County Mayor Jim Coppinger and is the newest trustee on the 11-member hospital board. His term began in February and will run through November 2021.  
 
“I want to thank Mayor Jim Coppinger for having the confidence in me for this appointment. I look forward to working with the other board members, Erlanger leadership and the staff.  The Erlanger Health System’s services are vital to Hamilton County and our area,” Mr.
Sattler said.  
 
Prior to his role with Vision Development, Mr. Sattler was a partner with Chestnut Development.  He retired in 2012 as chairman of the board with EMJ Corporation, a general contracting company doing business in 44 states, with offices in Chattanooga, Boston, Dallas and Tulsa.  During his 34-year tenure with EMJ, Mr. Sattler also served as the company’s president, chief executive officer and chief financial officer. 
 
Active in local and state civic circles, Mr. Sattler served as a commissioner with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.  He currently serves as commissioner of both the Chattanooga Housing Authority and Chattanooga City Land Bank board, and is a member of the local board of advisors of Sun Trust Bank. 
 
Over the years, Erlanger’s new trustee has also served as director and board chair of the Enterprise Center, a member of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce executive committee and board, director and board chair of the Chattanooga Resource Foundation, as well as the board of advisors for the Center of Leadership Development.
 
“We could not be more pleased to have someone with Mr. Sattler’s impressive business background and leadership experience on our board,” said Erlanger President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE. “Jim has already made his mark on our organization by serving as Signature Gifts co-chair for our highly successful Children’s Hospital at Erlanger building campaign,” Mr. Spiegel added. 
 
Board Chairman Jack Studer also welcomed Erlanger’s newest trustee, noting that “Jim Sattler is a great addition to our board, and we all look forward to working with him as Erlanger continues to distinguish itself in delivering world-class care in this region.”
 
Erlanger trustees are appointed to the board by the Hamilton County Mayor and Hamilton County Legislative Delegation.  The system’s chief of staff also serves as a trustee. In addition to Mr. Sattler, others serving on Erlanger’s board are: Jack Studer, chair; Michael Griffin, vice chair; Phil Smartt, Jr., secretary; Sheila Boyington; Dr. Blaise Baxter; Henry Hoss; Linda Moss Mines; Dr. Jay Sizemore; Jennifer Stanley and Gerald Webb, II.


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