Vice President and CEO of the West Tennessee Market and Hospitals and Affiliate Integration, Baptist Memorial Health Care
As vice president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care’s West Tennessee market, Derick Ziegler oversees all Baptist hospital operations in West Tennessee. As VP for hospital and affiliate integration, Ziegler oversees all hospital and/or affiliate merger and acquisition activities. He also serves as the executive sponsor for Baptist’s telehealth program, which includes the Enterprise Placement Center, Centralized Patient Transport and Dispatch Center, TeleGuardian e-ICU and the TeleConsult hub. Prior to taking on this role, Ziegler spent three years as the VP and CEO of Baptist’s regional market and four years and two years respectively, as CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City. Before working with Baptist, Ziegler spent 23 years in the army as a health care administrator, where he retired as a colonel. Ziegler is a past president of Mid-South Health Care Executives.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care
Bill Griffin received his Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi in 1982. He then began his career in public accounting, working 11 years with top accounting firms Arthur Andersen and KPMG Peat Marwick. In 1993, he joined Baptist Memorial Health Care and has served as the chief financial officer for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, chief financial officer for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis and corporate system director of finance. In 2000, Griffin was promoted to vice president of corporate finance and also served as corporate privacy and security officer. He was promoted to EVP/CFO in December 2015. He is a certified public accountant, a chartered global management accountant, a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and an HFMA-certified healthcare financial professional.
Dr. Betty Sue McGarvey
Executive President, Baptist Health Sciences University
Betty Sue McGarvey is president of the Baptist Health Sciences University, which is also her alma mater and where she began her nursing education. She later completed degrees in nursing from both the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She has a doctorate in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. McGarvey serves on the boards of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative and Leadership Memphis.
Paul DePriest, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care
Dr. Paul DePriest is the first physician to serve as Baptist Memorial Health Care’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University, he received a medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He subsequently completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in gynecological oncology at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Dr. DePriest earned a master’s degree in healthcare management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Stephanie Clark
System Director, Customer Experience & Chief Learning Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care
Dr. Stephanie Clark is the Chief Learning Officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the U.S. located in Memphis, TN. Since taking the position in 2002, she has continuously implemented a roadmap of progressive initiatives intended to make Baptist the best place to work, the best place to receive care and the best place to practice medicine. Prior to this role, Stephanie served as the Executive Director of Customer Experience for WellStar Health System where she led the patient and family-centered care model encompassing patient satisfaction, patient advocacy, complaint and compliment management, patient discharge call center oversight, employee engagement and physician engagement. Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in business/economics from Agnes Scott College. She earned her master’s degrees in business administration from the Regis University and her doctorate in business administration with a focus on healthcare management from Capella University.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care
Jason Little is Baptist Memorial Health Care’s president and CEO. He is the fifth president in Baptist’s history, and under his leadership Baptist has grown from a 14-hospital system to a 22-hospital, $3.1 billion integrated health care system. Little received his bachelor’s degree in health administration from the University of Tennessee, where he received the prestigious Whittle Scholarship and was elected student body president. He earned master’s degrees in business administration and health care administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He came to Baptist in 2002 after serving as an operations administrator at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2011, Little received the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Early Career Healthcare Executive Award. He serves on boards of the Greater Memphis Chamber, the New Memphis Institute, the Tennessee Hospital Association, the University of Memphis Foundation, Briarcrest Christian School, the Tennessee Business Roundtable, the Mississippi Hospital Association, the Senior Protection Coalition and the Healthcare Institute.
Vice President Human Resources, Baptist Memorial Health Care
Nancy Averwater serves as the Vice-President and Chief Human Resource Officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care, one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the Mid-South employing approximately 19,000 team members. Prior to assuming this position, Nancy served as the administrator and CEO of several Baptist entities, including Baptist System Home Care & Hospice, Baptist Home Medical Equipment, Medical Alternatives Home Infusion Pharmacy, Baptist Minor Medical Centers, and the CONCERN Employee Assistance Program. She is a registered nurse having earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Harding University and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Memphis. In 2012, Nancy was awarded the Health Care Heroes Award for Administrative Excellence by the Memphis Business Journal for her work in advancing end of life care in the community, for establishing the area’s first residential hospice and comprehensive grief center, and for spearheading the effort to promote advance care planning across Shelby County. Nancy was also named one of the 2013 Super Women in Business by the Memphis Business Journal. Additionally, Nancy has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, serves on the BSN advisory council for the Baptist College of Health Sciences, and has previously served on the board of directors for Leadership Memphis and Bridges, USA.
Rich Bluni, R.N.
National Speaker and Best Selling Author, Studer Group
Rich is one of Huron | Studer Group’s most sought-after national speakers and the bestselling author of several award-winning books: Inspired Nurse, Inspired Journal, Inspired Nurse Too and Oh No…Not More of That Fluffy Stuff!: The Power of Engagement (all from Fire Starter Publishing). Rich has nearly three decades of front-line healthcare and leadership experience across a broad range of areas, including pediatric intensive care, trauma intensive care, flight nursing, behavioral health and emergency medicine.
Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care
Scott Fountain, Baptist’s senior vice president and chief development officer, oversees the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation and Baptist’s corporate communications department. Fountain graduated from Iowa State University and has spent his entire career in institutional advancement. Outside of work, he serves on the board of the Medical Education and Research Institute, the Board of Governors of the New Memphis Institute and Memphis Economic Club. Fountain also is chair of the United Way of the Mid-South. He is previous chair of the Emerge board of directors and is a former member of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens and the Brooks Museum.
Digital Delivery Leader, Studer Group
Stephanie is in her 8th year at Studer Group and currently serves as a leader for our online learning solutions. She oversees the delivery of our learning platforms through our Learning Navigator team, who partner with our clients to leverage our tools to drive education and results across an organization, including those within leadership and quality roles and serving patients at the bedside. Stephanie has helped develop many of our product offerings including the High Reliability offering and workshop curriculum, Nurse Leader Workshop content, and the online learning platforms. Stephanie uses her passion to help organizations deliver on their learning strategies and fulfill their missions by ensuring employees are set up for success.