Chairman, Board of Directors
Clark Baker assumed the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors in July 2014. Baker is currently the CEO of the YMCA of the Greater Houston area, a 127-year old institution that serves one million people annually in a range of programs from refugee resettlement to providing 300 child care locations in the area. Baker began his career with the YMCA in 1970 as a program director in the Washington, Indiana Y and was named CEO there in 1973. In 1976, he moved to the Central Florida region for the Y as senior vice president and chief operations officer, as well as serving as the director of development. In 1982, he was named president and CEO of the YMCA of Metro Chattanooga and, beginning in 1987, served in the same executive capacity for the Nashville YMCA. Baker is married to Dr. Carolyn Baker, a 30-year educator. They have two grown daughters, Christin and Caroline.
Tennessee Ministry Market Executive and President/CEO of Saint Thomas Health
Senior Vice President, Ascension Health
Karen Springer was named Senior Vice President, Ascension Health/Tennessee Ministry Market Executive and President/CEO of Saint Thomas Health in 2015. Springer previously served as Saint Thomas Health President and Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for operational success and effectiveness of Saint Thomas Health hospital facilities, physician practices and numerous joint ventures. Saint Thomas Health inpatient facilities include four acute care facilities ranging from 30 to 500 beds, a critical access hospital, long-term care facility and a joint venture specialty hospital complemented by joint-venture acute care hospitals and a robust network of community health clinics, medical practices, imaging centers and outpatient rehabilitation services.
Springer joined Saint Thomas Health in 2011 after serving as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana for four years. While there, she was administratively responsible for the operations of a 400-bed acute care hospital, providing key leadership of 16 division directors and more than 2,000 associates. Springer began her healthcare leadership career in the Lutheran Hospital System in Fort Wayne, Indiana, serving first as Director for cardiovascular and medical/surgical ICUs. From 1997 to 2000, she was Chief Nursing Officer for the Rehabilitation Hospital in Fort Wayne with direct responsibility for hospital operations and for multiple patient care departments in a setting focused on restoration of abilities. For Dupont Hospital, she held increasingly responsible positions and was responsible for construction of a new $52 million facility, serving as both Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer.
Springer received her Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Germanna College in Virginia and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She completed her Master of Science degree in Administration at Ball State University.
Springer is active in the Middle Tennessee community, serving on the Boards of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, the Regional Workforce Alliance and the Tennessee Hospital Association Solutions Group. She also serves on the Boards of River Park Hospital, DeKalb Community Hospital and Stones River Community Hospital. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.
Springer resides in Nashville with her husband of 35 years, Brad. They have one amazing son who practices law in New Mexico and is married to a beautiful woman with whom he as two very busy boys.
Paul E. Cleckner
Chief Operating Officer
Paul E. Cleckner is Chief Operating Officer of Saint Thomas Health. Paul was previously at LifePoint Health, a Nashville-based health system that operates 70 hospitals across 22 states, where he served as Vice President of Operations, Eastern Group. The Chief Operating Officer role works closely with the Chief Clinical Officer to align clinical services and medical staff relations with the strategy and operations of Saint Thomas Health.
As Eastern Group Vice President of Operations for LifePoint, Paul oversaw operations for seven hospitals – six acute and one psychiatric – in South Carolina, Central North Carolina and Georgia. Within this group were facilities operating under the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare. Paul joined LifePoint in 2012 as Vice President of Business Transformation and was responsible for restructuring the company’s clinical business informatics function and facilitating the design between LifePoint and Duke Medicine of LifePoint’s National Quality Program. The latter leveraged Lifepoint’s performance within CMS’ Health Engagement Network with Duke’s Quality and Patient Safety programs.
Paul has significant experience in the financial services industry, serving in executive roles for Standard and Poor’s, Deloitte and Touche, and Investment Scorecard where he served as President and COO. He began his healthcare career in 2006 when he was named Senior Vice President for Operational and Professional Services for Emdeon, the nation’s largest healthcare revenue cycle solutions provider. This was followed by executive positions at NorthHighland Consulting and Medical Reimbursements of America before he joined LifePoint.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trevecca Nazarene University and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Chief Clinical Officer
Greg graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his internship in Internal Medicine and the University of Tennessee Hospital. He completed his residency in Neurology, serving as Chief Resident, at the University of Alabama Hospitals. Greg holds an MBA from Auburn University and is currently part of the Ascension Health Leadership Academy.
Greg has been on the medical staff of St. Vincent’s since 1995, serving on the Medical Executive, Ethics, Education, Clinical Care, Service Excellence, Planning and Utilization Review Committees. He chaired the Peer Review Committee and served as Medical Staff Secretary/Treasurer prior to assuming the role of Chief Medical Officer in 2010. He maintained a private Neurology practice from 1995 to 2010 with Newton and James Neurology Associates in Birmingham.
As Chief Medical Officer for St. Vincent’s, he had direct oversight for Medical Affairs, Clinical Excellence, Case Management, Risk, Clinical IT and the St. Vincent’s Physician Alliance. Greg also served as system lead for the Healing Without Harm initiative and presided over two successful CME accreditations. Greg has completed the Ascension Health Mission and Mentoring program and has been active in medical staff formation efforts.
Greg is a diplomat of the American Academy of Neurology and a member of the American College of Physician Executives. He is on the advisory board for Birmingham-Southern College and serves as a pre-med mentor for the College. He is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham.
Chief Information Officer
Michael Mover is Chief Information Officer for Saint Thomas Health, having served previously as Senior Director and Vice President of Information Services for Ascension Information Services (AIS) and Saint Thomas Health. Prior to his arrival at Ascension, Mover served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Riverview Health, headquartered in Noblesville, Indiana for 8 years. Before joining Riverview, Mover served in various roles with national and international consulting firms such as Deloitte, Whittman-Hart and Haverstick where he was primarily engaged in strategy and implementation work for more 10 years. Mover has more than 20 years of experience in technology services, outsourcing and large-scale contract administration related to customer experience, IT strategy and relationship management. During his two years at Saint Thomas and AIS, he has led a matrixed organization of more than 130 IT professionals. Mover is a member of the Tennessee State University Technology Advisory Council for the BIS Department. He holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Indiana Institute of Technology and an MBA with a healthcare concentration from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Chief Financial Officer
Davis was named Chief Financial Officer in 2015, and was Vice President of Finance and Associate Chief Financial Officer since 2013. Prior to assuming the role of Finance VP, Davis was Corporate Controller for Saint Thomas Health, a position she held from 2005 through 2013. Davis began her career at Ernst & Young in Nashville, starting as staff accountant and advancing to audit manager. She joined Saint Thomas Hospital in 1998 as accounting manager, a position she held for two years.
From 2002 to 2011, she served in increasingly responsible leadership roles, advancing from Finance Project Liaison to Vice President of Finance for Saint Thomas Hospital (now Saint Thomas West Hospital).
Davis received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and her Master of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has completed the Ascension Formation for Catholic Healthcare Ministry Leadership program. Davis is a member of the Board of Directors of Alive Hospice and has served on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Finance Committee. She is a current board member and treasurer of the Shared Hospital Services Corporation.
Chief Strategy Officer
Sims was named Chief Strategy Officer for Saint Thomas Health in 2015. Sims began her career at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital (then Baptist Hospital) as an administrative resident and progressed to the role of Director of Physician and Product Development and before being named to the Director of Clinical and Support Services position She advanced to division director of business operations for Saint Thomas Health in 2007 and, in 2008, assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer for Saint Thomas Physician Services, the multi-specialty physician practice enterprise of Saint Thomas Health. In this role, which she held until 2013, Sims was responsible for operational oversight and strategic integration of all medical practices within the organization.
In 2013, Sims was named Vice President of the Saint Thomas Health Alliance, a new organizational structure focused on growth and alignment with key strategic partners. Sims earned her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Western Kentucky University and holds an MBA from Belmont University. She is certified in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Certified Medical Practice Executive. Sims has completed the Formation for Catholic Healthcare Ministry Leadership program of Ascension and is active in a number of professional organizations. She was recognized with the Catholic Health Association’s Tomorrow’s Leader Award in 2015.
President and CEO
Saint Thomas Midtown and West Hospitals
Don King was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Thomas Midtown and West Hospitals in 2015. Prior to that, King served as Chief Operating Officer of Saint Thomas West Hospital beginning in 2011. In that role, he oversaw a $110-million construction project that included critical care areas, hybrid ORs and an intraoperative MRI suite for the advanced treatment of brain tumors. He has led both the Midtown and West campuses in transformational change through improved processes to eliminate variation and waste.
Prior to joining Saint Thomas Health, King was Chief Operating Officer for Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Missouri, a position he held from 2008 to 2011. King began his career as Director of Rehabilitation Service at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, where he advanced to the role of Administrator of Urgent Care and Corporate Care. King received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Loma Linda University in Southern California. He is a member of ACHE and is a certified “LEAN” specialist.
Among other notable accomplishments in his career, he is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and American Physical Therapy Association.
Gordon B. Ferguson, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital
President, Saint Thomas Health Regional Hospitals
Gordon B. Ferguson has served as president and chief executive officer since 2006. Ferguson has more than 20 years of health care experience. He began his career as director of planning at Baptist Medical Center Princeton in Birmingham, Ala. In 1998, Ferguson joined Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital as senior vice president of support services and subsequently served as senior vice president of operations. In 2004, he was named chief operating officer. He has overseen the construction of a $26 million outpatient service facility, facilitated the establishment of joint ventures and completed a master facility plan as part of the hospital's overall strategic plan. Most recently, he oversaw the $267 million project for Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital's replacement facility.
Ferguson received a bachelor's degree in business administration with honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned a master's degree in hospital and health administration from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. In 2007, Ferguson became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. Ferguson serves on the board of directors for United Way of Rutherford County; he serves on the Business Education Partnership board of directors and is a member of noon Rotary in Murfreesboro.
Chief Executive Officer, Saint Thomas Medical Partners
Fahad Tahir is Chief Executive Officer of Saint Thomas Medical Partners at Saint Thomas Health (a member of Ascension Health) and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Fahad is also a Fellow of Washington DC's Health Care Advisory Board. Fahad earned his MBA from Loyola University Chicago and his BBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Fahad’s responsibilities for Saint Thomas Health include overseeing clinical, operational and financial performance of Saint Thomas Medical Partners, as well as physician network strategy, physician development and recruitment, and service line development.
Fahad has been within Ascension Health since 2003. Prior to joining Saint Thomas Health, Fahad served as Vice President of Physician Enterprise and Community Health Network at Providence, a health system in Washington, D.C. Fahad’s responsibilities at Providence included practice operations, clinical integration strategy and growth plan of the physician enterprise. He oversaw and directed the acquisition of several practices across specialties, patient centered medical home certification, and affiliations with several primary care and community health centers. Additionally, Providence obtained three (3) CMS Innovation awards, totaling more than $18 million. These recognized programs included developing a clinically integrated network, new payment models for diabetes education and a clinically integrated prenatal care network. He was also Executive Sponsor for the implementation of a Health Information Exchange (HIE), an integrated EMR system that brings together the health records of multiple physician group practices, clinics, hospitals and health centers. Prior, held roles physician practice development, acquisitions and practice management at Columbia St. Mary's Health System in Milwaukee, WI.
Fahad is a native of Bombay, India and now lives in Nashville, TN.
Chief Mission and Ministry Officer
Greg Pope serves as Chief Mission and Ministry Officer. He joined Saint Thomas Health in 1996 and oversaw the work of Saint Thomas Health Foundation for more than 15 years.
A Fellow in the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), he is a past Board Chair for the Association and directed AHP’s Madison Institute on Healthcare Philanthropy at the University of Wisconsin School of Business. He also served as President for the Ascension Health Council on Philanthropy, a consortium of Catholic health-related foundations sponsored by Ascension ministries.
Pope holds a BS in Economics from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MBA from Templeton Institute and Theological College, where he was named a Sir John Templeton Fellow in Church Administration. He is presently completing the Executive Master of Arts in Health Mission Leadership at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Mo. A frequent writer and conference speaker, he has published two books and numerous articles related to ministry and stewardship.
Presently he serves as a board member for Amazima Ministries International, Nashville Clinical Pastoral Education Consortium, and Saint Thomas Hickman Community Hospital.
Chief Experience Officer
Dawn Rudolph began her duties as Chief Experience Officer for Saint Thomas Health on July 15, 2013. Previously, Dawn served as president and CEO of Saint Thomas West Hospital, joining the organization in Nov. 2010. Before moving to Nashville, she served as Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind.
As Chief Experience Officer, Dawn will focus on operationalizing patient, physician and family experience strategies across all facilities. This will include monitoring patient satisfaction scores, providing tools to address improvement opportunities and creating policies and procedures to insure a consistent, yet distinctive experience for all who enter a Saint Thomas Health facility.
Rudolph received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Indiana University and her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. Active in various community organizations, Rudolph served as the 2012 chair for the Nashville chapter of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement to fight heart disease in women, board member of Make – A – Wish Foundation and member of Nashville Chamber CEO Champions for Academies of Nashville – Metro Nashville Public Schools. She is also a diplomat for the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been recognized as Nashville Post’s Most Powerful Women 2012 and a 2012 Women to Watch Honoree by Nashville Medical News.
SVP, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
Rebecca holds executive responsibility for all functions within Marketing and Communications including advertising and promotion, public relations, media relations, digital presence and promotion and internal communications.
Rebecca began career at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital (formerly Middle Tennessee Medical Center) in 1980 as Director of Staff Development. She was named Director of Public Affairs in 1982, and over the next 20 years, worked in increasingly responsible roles that involved marketing, communications, physician relations, patient satisfaction, and strategic planning. Rebecca held the role of Vice President, Public Affairs and Planning 1990 until 2002 when she became the Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for the newly formed Saint Thomas Health.
Rebecca is also active with the American Heart Association and the Council on Aging.