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Leadership

Tony HeardTony Heard
Chairman, Board of Directors

Tony Heard assumed the role of chairman of the board of directors in July 2017. He joined the St. Thomas Health Board in 2011, serving as finance committee chair for four years.

Tony spent 25 years in finance and management, including five years as regional chairman of U.S. Bank and 18 years with SunTrust/Third National Bank in Nashville. He joined InfoWorks, Inc., a leading Mid-South business and technology solutions company with 100 employees, in 2008 as partner.

Over the years, Tony has served in significant board leadership roles for community and charitable organizations. He served on the St. Thomas Foundation board of directors for 10 years, including two years as chairman. Other leadership roles have included serving as both campaign chair and board chair of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, board chair of The Housing Fund, and finance committee chair of WPLN Public Radio. Tony is one of the founders of the Center for Medical Interoperability, a 501(c)(3) cooperative research and development lab founded by health systems to simplify and advance data sharing among medical technologies and systems.

He participated in the Meals on Wheels program with the Martha O’Bryan Center for 17 years, was a member of the board of governors for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and is a graduate of Leadership Nashville. Tony has a B.A degree from Duke University.

In addition to the Saint Thomas Health board, he currently serves on the boards of United Way, the Nashville Public Education Foundation, and The Rotary Club of Nashville. Tony is married to Margaret Heard, and they have a son and two daughters.

Tim Adams

Tim Adams
President/CEO of Saint Thomas Health
Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Tennessee 

 

Tim Adams joined Ascension as President/CEO of Saint Thomas Health and Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Tennessee in January 2018. Tim presides over Saint Thomas Health’s nine inpatient facilities in Middle Tennessee in addition to a network of physician practices, joint ventures and community partnerships.

Tim previously served as Tenet Healthcare’s Texas Region Chief Executive Officer. At Tenet, Tim led one of the company’s largest regions, with 26 hospitals and net operating revenues of approximately $4 billion. Tim previously led the company’s integration and operations team, during which he oversaw the integration of new hospital acquisitions as well as several enterprise-wide functions including business development, marketing, data analytics and the company’s post-acute service lines.

Prior to his leadership at Tenet, Tim was Chief Executive Officer at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center in Cedar Park, Texas, a partner of Ascension’s Seton Healthcare Family. Earlier he served as Division Vice President with Community Health Systems, providing operational oversight of the system’s Texas facilities. He also served as Division President for IASIS Healthcare, which been acquired by Steward Health Care System, overseeing three hospitals in the Tampa, Florida, market.

In Texas, Tim served on the Texas Hospital Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the Federation of American Hospitals Board of Governors, Baylor University’s MBA Healthcare Program Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce and as President of the Cedar Park Rotary Club.

Tim earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and his Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at El Paso.

Tim and his wife, Candy, have a daughter, Emily, studying at Baylor University and a son, Evan, in high school. 

Greg JamesGreg James, M.D.
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.

Michelle Robertson
Chief Operating Officer

Michelle Robertson serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Saint Thomas Health. Prior to joining Saint Thomas, Robertson served as Chief Executive Officer of Seton Family of Hospitals and Chief Operating Officer of Ascension Texas. Robertson has been an Ascension associate for 27 years.

Robertson graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from the University of Colorado with a Master’s of Business Administration. She has been licensed as a registered nurse since 1989 and began her practice in Austin as a pediatric nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Austin.

Additionally, Robertson is a member of the YMCA of Williamson County Board in Texas, the Lonestar Circle of Care FQHC Board, the American Heart Association Board and the Southwestern University Board of Visitors.

 
Lisa DavisLisa Davis
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.

Amber SimsAmber Sims
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.

Amy WilsonAmy Wilson
Chief Nursing Officer

Amy Wilson is Chief Nursing Officer for Saint Thomas Health.  She came to Nashville and Saint Thomas from Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, where she served as both Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer.  As COO and CNO, she was responsible for all nursing practice related functions, as well as the operations of the hospital, financial management for the organization, and the oversight of ancillary departments, facilities and contracted departments.

Prior to joining Sacred Heart, Amy spent six years at The Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham.  She joined Children’s in 2006 as the Director of the Stem Cell Transplant Unit and was later named Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  In 2011, she became the Director of Performance Improvement and Accreditation, overseeing the Performance Improvement, Medical Staff Services and Continuing Medical Education departments.

Amy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Huntsville and her Master of Science degree in Nursing, with an emphasis on Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She is a certified professional in healthcare quality and a Six Sigma Black Belt.  Active in the community, she was a board member for Autism Pensacola, a long-term member of Impact 100, and served on the leadership advisory council for the School of Nursing at the University of West Florida

Angie Boyd-Chambers

Chief Communications and Marketing Officer

In 2006, Angie joined Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital as public relations director, responsible for marketing and communications for the 286-bed hospital. She led PR and marketing efforts for a $267 million project for Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital’s replacement facility. Starting in 2011, she took on Saint Thomas Health system-level responsibilities in Community and Physician Services, then Marketing and Communications.

Before joining Saint Thomas Health, Angie lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where she worked for JHA Marketing as a product specialist and facilitator for BMW and its Mini Cooper division.

Angie holds a Master of Arts in Public Relations from Full Sail University and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University.

In 2014, Angie was added to the Wall of Fame of the Mass Communications Department at Middle Tennessee State University. She was selected as a 2015 honoree by ATHENA International and was a recipient of the Rising Star award by Rutherford Cable, a professional women’s leadership organization. She served as co-chair for the 2014 Rutherford County Heart Ball, benefiting the American Heart Association of Greater Nashville, and has served on the Board of Directors for ATHENA International. Angie is currently a member of the Nashville Cable Board of Directors and serves as vice chair of the board’s Communications & Marketing Committee.

Fahad Tahir
President and Chief Executive Officer 
Saint Thomas Midtown and West Hospitals

Saint Thomas Health | Ascension Tennessee

Fahad Tahir, FACHE is President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Thomas Midtown and West Hospitals, which are part of Saint Thomas Health in Ascension’s Tennessee market. In addition to leading both hospitals, Fahad’s responsibilities include partnering with payors, physicians/clinicians and stakeholders to progress the integrated delivery system’s managed care and value-based care strategies. Fahad’s leadership philosophy is to build a culture of trust to enhance innovation and growth.

Prior to his current role, Fahad served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Thomas Medical Partners, where he oversaw clinical, operational and financial performance of one of the region’s largest medical groups as well as physician network strategy, physician development and recruitment, service line development and managed care/value based care. During his tenure, Fahad restructured a physician governance model and organizational structure to develop a physician-led model, physician-administration dyad and integrating more than 500 primary care and specialty physicians/clinicians across 95 practices into a unified medical group. From 2014-2017, Fahad led a period of exponential year over year growth through recruitment, acquisitions and among Ascension’s largest primary care capital investments building a network of Care Centers in strategically significant markets.

Fahad has been part of the Ascension health system 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 CMS Innovation awards. These recognized programs included developing a clinically integrated network, new payment models for diabetes education and a clinically integrated prenatal care network. Prior, Fahad held roles in physician practice development, acquisitions and practice management at Ascension’s Columbia St. Mary's Health System in Milwaukee, WI.

Fahad earned his MBA from Loyola University Chicago and his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Fahad is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, as well as a Fellow of Washington DC's Health Care Advisory Board. He is a member of Medical Group Management Association and a member of the American Public Health Association.

 

Gordon FergusonGordon B. Ferguson, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital
President, Saint Thomas Health Regional Hospitals


Gordon B. Ferguson, FACHE, is president and CEO of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and president of Saint Thomas Regional Hospitals. He has served as Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital president and chief executive officer since 2006; he was named Saint Thomas Regional Hospitals president in 2015. 

Ferguson has more than 20 years of healthcare experience and in 2009 was named one of Business Tennessee Magazine’s top 25 hospital operators in Tennessee. In 2010, he was named one of Nashville Business Journal’s Healthcare Heroes and the 2010 Daily News Journal (DNJ) Person of the Year.  Ferguson was also named as the 1999 ACHE Young Healthcare Administrators Regent’s Award, awarded as American Academy of Emergency Medicine’s Administrator of the Year Award in 2015 and awarded with the UAB GPHA Alumnus of the Year for 2018.

Ferguson began his career as director of planning in 1984 at Baptist Medical Center Princeton in Birmingham, Alabama. Two years later, he became Vice President of Corporate Services for The Baptist Health System of East Tennessee. In 1990, Ferguson joined Clarksville Memorial Hospital (now Gateway Medical Center) as Vice President for Operations. In 1998, he joined Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital as senior vice president of support services and subsequently served as senior vice president of operations. In 2004, Ferguson was named chief operating officer. He oversaw the construction of the $267 million Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital on Medical Center Parkway, facilitated the establishment of joint ventures and completed a master facility plan as part of the hospital's overall strategic plan. 

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, and previously served as president of the Healthcare Executive Forum of Middle Tennessee (HEFMT). 

Ferguson serves as a board member and executive committee member of the United Way of Rutherford & Cannon County; he is a board member of the American Heart Association, Rutherford County; the Business Education Partnership Foundation; Leadership Middle Tennessee; Alive Hospice Murfreesboro Advisory Board; and the Franklin Synergy Bank Community Board. Ferguson was the 2011 President of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He also serves on the boards of the University of Tennessee Knoxville Alumni Association; the University of Tennessee President’s Council; the University of Alabama-Birmingham Graduate Program in Healthcare Administration Alumni Board; and the Tennessee State Board of Education.

He is a member of noon Rotary in Murfreesboro, and a graduate of Leadership Rutherford. He and his wife, Cindy, a speech language pathologist with Murfreesboro City Schools, live in Murfreesboro. They have two sons, Robbie, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, graduate, and Andy, a student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The family attends First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro.

 

Yvette Doran
President & CEO, Saint Thomas Medical Partners

A healthcare executive, with more than 20 years of experience, Yvette Doran currently serves as the President and CEO of Saint Thomas Medical Partners, a multi-specialty physician group of nearly 600 physicians/practitioners and 100 locations. Saint Thomas Medical Partners is a physician-led, multi-specialty, medical group, serving 35 counties in Middle Tennessee and South Central Kentucky.

Under Yvette’s leadership, Saint Thomas Medical Partners responded to explosive population growth in Middle Tennessee with an efficient, thoughtful and carefully researched strategy to redesign the region’s healthcare footprint on the principles of affordability and quality. The integrated Care Centers designed with a foundation of primary care have been opened in Lenox Village, Mt Juliet, Brentwood, New Salem, Maplewood High School, with others soon to open in Franklin, Hendersonville, Bellevue and Gallatin.

Through this approach, Saint Thomas has increased thirty percent of the amount of lives covered by their primary care physicians. Each care center has experienced an average of twenty percent new patient volumes, keeping each patient connected to their personalized care team, who work together to manage their total health. The exponential growth in Middle Tennessee offered Yvette the unique opportunity as a leader to redefine the service standard for access, affordability and a personalized care experience.

Yvette has also led the guiding principles behind the Saint Thomas Promise, a foundation of the health system’s mission. Building on a foundation that employs clinical and operational excellence, The Saint Thomas Promise empowers the organization’s commitment to provide an unparalleled patient experience. The program reinforces the unconditional reverence and respect for patients, especially those who are poor and vulnerable, highlighting their presence in practices as an honor to hold in the highest regard. Fulfilling Yvette’s vision, The Saint Thomas Promise elevates service standards to new heights and welcomes the health system’s patients as valued family members.

With a career beginning in private practice, she has years of experience in independent groups, hospital-owned organizations, national corporations, both for-profit and non-for-profit, as well as faith-based Catholic healthcare. Yvette will share that it is in her current role that her various years of experience have reached a place where they can be coupled with a true joy of service and servant leadership, to maximize professional contributions and provide greater satisfaction.

Joining Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) early in her career, Yvette claims joining MGMA as the single best decision in her healthcare career. With a membership of more than 40,000 medical practice administrators, executives, and leaders, MGMA represents more than 12,500 organizations of all sizes, types, structures and specialties that deliver almost half of the healthcare in the United States. Yvette has served as a volunteer leader at various levels of the MGMA over the years, including Past-President of Tennessee MGMA, a former Southern Section Chair and now completing her third year on the national MGMA board, is the current MGMA-ACMPE Board Chair. She feels that being able to give-back as well as pay-it-forward, is a passion and purpose for her.

She serves on the Advisory Board with the Habitat for Humanity, Greater Nashville organization and offers editorial reviews for the professional publication, Management in Healthcare.

 

Greg PopeGreg Pope
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.