Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Trimble named CEO of Mountain States’ regional operations in Washington County, Tenn.
By Teresa Hicks
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Melody Trimble has been named CEO of the Washington County operations of Mountain States Health Alliance, health system officials announced this week. In her role, Trimble will serve as CEO of Johnson City Medical Center and its subsidiaries and will also have oversight for all Washington County operations.
Trimble comes to Mountain States having served in various health care leadership roles for more than 20 years. She began her career as a nurse, working in various nursing positions up to her service as a chief nursing officer. She was then tapped to lead hospital organizations in multiple states as a chief executive officer. Most recently, she served as president of an operating group of hospitals consisting of 35 hospitals and multiple physician practices and surgery centers in Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania, representing more than $3 billion in annual revenue.
Trimble was selected through a search process that involved leaders of Mountain States working collaboratively with the physician leadership and volunteer members of the community board for Washington County. The decision to recruit Trimble was heavily supported by the medical staff leadership after they interviewed several highly qualified candidates from across the nation.
“We could not be happier with the result of the search process,” said Dr. Tony Haley, chief of the medical staff at Johnson City Medical Center. “Melody is the perfect fit for our community. She has a natural ability to work with the physicians, and in the interview process, we sensed a tremendous commitment on her part to high clinical quality. This is something we find easy to support. We appreciate being involved in the process, and we are committed to Melody’s success.”
“We are so pleased to have Melody join our team,” said Jenny Brock, Chair of the Washington County Community Board. “The process was collaborative, and resulted in the hiring of a fantastic leader. We look forward to welcoming Melody and her husband Mike to the community.”
“Melody brings extensive experience running complex health care organizations as well as a track record of fostering outstanding relationships with physicians,” said Alan Levine, president and CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance. “Our flagship hospital is known for delivering world-class health care; US News and World Report recently ranked Johnson City Medical Center as one of the top eight hospitals in Tennessee, and Becker’s Hospital Review named it one of the nation’s 100 great cancer programs. With Melody’s history of leading strategic development, clinical collaboration, and university partnerships, I cannot think of an individual better suited to lead Johnson City Medical Center and our other key services in Washington County.”
Trimble earned a master of nursing degree at the University of Kentucky and a bachelor of science in nursing at Eastern Kentucky University. She holds Best on Board certification and is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. She and her husband, Mike, have two grown daughters, Mary and Michaela, as well as three beloved grandchildren who live in Knoxville.