CHI Memorial Hospital names chief operating officer

Dr. Scott

CHI Memorial Hospital has named Dr. Rhonda Adams Scott as its new market chief operating officer and president of CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga.

As COO, Dr. Scott, who is a registered nurse, will lead efforts to optimize quality, safety, and the patient experience in partnership with physicians, and maximize clinical operations to deliver value to the community, CHI Memorial said in a statement.

“She will serve alongside the CHI Memorial executive leadership team as a partner and advocate, fostering a culture of transparency and accountability, and successfully navigating the organizational evolution to achieve operating, financial, and service excellence outcomes, thereby strengthening CHI Memorial’s brand as the regional adult acute care provider of choice,” CHI Memorial stated.

Dr. Scott has more than 22 years of administrative leadership experience in large, complex health systems. Most recently, she served as the COO and executive vice president of Grady Health Systems in Atlanta, a Level 1 trauma center with 953 licensed beds, employing more than 7,200 people, with more than $1 billion in total revenue. Under her leadership, Grady Health Systems received national recognition for clinical care and patient satisfaction, which resulted in Grady receiving the prestigious Press-Ganey Success Story Award.

“The majority of her experience aligns perfectly with CHI Memorial’s current journey,” said Janelle Reilly, market chief executive officer for CHI Memorial. “She has a strong reputation of mentoring leaders who have progressed to advanced positions within health care, and fosters a collective purpose to fulfill our vision and extend the healing ministry of the Church.”

Dr. Scott and her husband, Thomas, who are from Chattanooga, have two sons, Thomas Lee Scott II of Houston and David J. Scott of Birmingham, Ala.

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