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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Message from Alan Levine: Leadership changes within Mountain States

Alan LevineDear Colleagues –

I’m writing today to let you know about a couple of important leadership changes within Mountain States. Melody Trimble, who has served as CEO of our Washington County, Tenn., market since 2014, has announced her last day will be February 9. Replacing Melody will be Stan Hickson, current CEO of Johnston Memorial Hospital and our northeast market.

Melody is a strong and passionate leader who has accomplished a great deal during her time in Washington County. Under her leadership, our hospitals have achieved outstanding quality results and brought new services to the region that were not previously available. In 2017, Johnson City Medical Center ranked among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for overall hospital care, overall medical care, and overall surgical care according to Carechex. Franklin Woods Community Hospital was named one of the top 100 hospitals in the country by Truven Health Analytics for two years in a row as well as outstanding employer of the year in 2017 by the Tennessee Nurses Association. And Woodridge Hospital received the Guardian of Excellence award for patient satisfaction from Press Ganey for three years in a row.

Most recently, Melody has led Johnson City Medical Center in establishing our region’s first comprehensive stroke center, serving as the hub for our network of stroke centers throughout the region. This is a major accomplishment that we can all be proud of, and I thank Melody for helping to make this service a reality for our patients.

Stan has been with us since 2016 and has led outstanding quality improvements in the northeast market. All three northeast hospitals have received top performer ratings from Leapfrog, and Johnston Memorial has received additional recognition from both Healthgrades and Consumer Reports for patient satisfaction and infection prevention. He brings a great deal of experience to our Washington County operations, having served in various healthcare leadership roles throughout the southeastern U.S. for nearly 20 years.

Notably, Stan served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, a 649-bed teaching hospital and trauma center.  He has hands-on experience in a complex operating environment, and has demonstrated an incredible capacity for leadership. I know our team in Washington County, Tenn., will truly enjoy working with Stan. 

Following Stan’s move to Washington County, Tenn., John Jeter will assume the role of CEO at Johnston Memorial. John is an impressive and uniquely talented leader who enjoys the support of the team members and physicians at Johnston Memorial. The Board of Directors of Johnston Memorial enthusiastically supported his selection. I couldn’t be happier for John, as he truly loves that hospital and that market, and will make a lasting difference there.

The accomplishments of all three of these leaders are a testament to their passion, their talent and their integrity. The work they have done in their respective hospitals has inspired our team members to collaborate in new ways, which has elevated the level of care we are able to provide to our patients. I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside them.

Both John and Stan will retain their new roles when we complete our merger with Wellmont to form Ballad Health. Other leadership roles within Ballad Health will be announced following completion of the merger.

This is a time of much change for our organization, and today’s announcement is part of my commitment to being transparent with you as changes occur. One thing that will never change, however, is our commitment to serving our patients with the best possible care, and that’s why the work you do is so vital. Thank you for your unwavering dedication to our patients and for everything you are doing today to bring comfort and healing to those who trust us with their care.