Mrs. Elizabeth Lemons and Mr. Bailey Pratt have joined the Lincoln County Health System (LCHS) as the interim CEO and CFO. In a unanimous decision made by the board of trustees during their January meeting a vote was taken to terminate LCHS’s 29 year management contract with Quorum Health Resources. As the Health System moves forward the board has announced a strategic alliance with St. Thomas Health.
They will now enter into an agreement with Wheless Partners; Birmingham, AL to begin the recruiting process to hire a permanent CEO and CFO. The process is expected to take up to 120 days. Both Lemons and Pratt are from St. Thomas Health and will working with LCHS approximately 80% of their time.
“We believe Mrs. Lemons and Mr. Pratt have the right skill set to provide the necessary leadership while the Board explores the universe to find a visionary financially savvy leader with strong organizational and planning skills,” states Anthony Taylor, board Chairman.
Lemons is currently employed with St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital at their Chief Operations Officer. She has been a healthcare leader for more than 15 years and a nurse for 27 years. A majority of Lemon’s clinical experience was dedicated to OR nursing and Peri-operative Services leadership. She was a director and assistant vice president of Patient Care Services, later becoming the chief quality officer at Saint Thomas West Hospital and the associate chief quality officer for Saint Thomas Health prior to becoming the vice president of clinical effectiveness for Saint Thomas Health. Lemons provides executive leadership for overall hospital operations and is responsible for effective operation, administration and evaluation of all hospital services, operations, and facilities management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Belmont University and a Master’s Business Administration from Trevecca University. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and completed a Lean Healthcare certificate program. Lemons is very active in her local church, serving on various committees and serves on the Board of Alive Hospice. She and her husband Jerry have two children.
Pratt is currently employed with St Thomas Hickman Hospital as their Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of Joint Ventures for Saint Thomas Health. Prior to taking the CFO role at Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital and CFO of Joint Ventures for Saint Thomas Health, Pratt served as the Assistant CFO at Saint Thomas West Hospital. Pratt began his career in public accounting at Ernst & Young and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Tennessee. He received his BBA in accounting from Miami University in Oxford Ohio and his Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. He and his wife Jill daughter have one daughter.
“At Lincoln County Health System, we’re committed to providing the latest advances in medicine in an environment of care and compassion,” said Anthony Taylor, LCHS Board Chair. “In looking for a partner to expand our mission, we found that Saint Thomas Health shared our passion for both innovation and service. They understood and respected our need to remain an independent system while realizing the benefits of a partnership with a regional system. While we are a financially stable organization, the enhanced affiliation will allow LCHS to continue fulfilling its uncompromising commitment of providing local, high-quality health care, while benefiting from Saint Thomas Health’s strong network and resources in a cost effective manner.”
ABOUT LINCOLN COUNTY HEALTH SYSTEM
The Lincoln County Health System is a full-service, health care system, which serves Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Health System is a multi-faceted health care system whose mission is to provide life-long health care for the people it serves. In addition to a 59-bed acute care hospital, the system consists of a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center, a 240 bed licensed nursing home, a home health and hospice agency, and an ambulance/EMS service. The facilities are county-owned and are governed by the Lincoln County Health System Board of Trustees. For more information, visit www.lchealthsystem.com
ABOUT SAINT THOMAS HEALTH
Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system united as one healing community. With more than 6,500 associates, Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes – Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro and Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville – as well as four hospitals in the Capella-Saint Thomas Health network. A comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities complement the hospital services and cover a 68-county area. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit www.STHealth.com.