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.

Comments 1

  1. My name is Walter (Mike) Babb. I worked for 37 years in the carpet industry, 22 of which I was a representative of a fiber producer providing technical support to our customers. For 17 years I was a volunteer with the Whitfield County Fire Department, 8 of which I was the captain of Station 6. We delivered first responder and fire protection to west Whitfield County through teamwork. I also served for 16 years as the elected chairman of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners, elected 4 times, worked with 13 different commissioners, 4 mayors of Dalton, and 4 county administrators. I give you this information in order that you may judge my comments in relation to my background.

    This year I had a reoccurrence of cancer from treatment of prostate cancer from 5 years ago. I have received 40 radiation treatments at your Battlefield Parkway location, the last being given this past Monday, 9/26. This email is concerning those visits.

    Although I wish I hadn’t needed the treatments it was much easier to face due to the kindness and consideration shown by all of your staff that I had contact with. This includes the welcoming by those staffing the front desk all the way to the Friday meetings with Dr. Wagner. I especially want to point out the kindness and patience shown to me by your radiation therapists Bonnie and Tracie. Sometimes I would get frustrated by my body not cooperating with the treatment but they were always understanding and worked with me to complete the treatment.

    I recognize competence, good effort, and good employees. I have seen it all exhibited during my visits.


    Mike Babb

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