To successfully serve patients, Baptist Memorial Health Care needs great leadership – men and women who understand the Baptist mission and vision and can fulfill them daily. These leaders have helped guide the evolution of Baptist Memorial and continue to do so – back from when it was a 150-bed hospital, to what it has become today – the Mid-South's largest health care system and one of the top-rated not-for-profit health care systems in the nation.
Without our leadership, we cannot successfully offer medical services to help patients get better. Along with the rest of our staff, our leaders make Baptist the outstanding health system that it is. To get to know Baptist Memorial Health Care, you have to get to know our leaders.
President and Chief Executive Officer
In June 2014, Jason Little became only the fifth person since 1912 to serve as Baptist Memorial Health Care's president and CEO. Since joining Baptist in 2002, Little has held a number of leadership positions, including administrator and CEO of three Baptist Memorial hospitals, vice president and head of metro-Memphis operations and executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Little received his bachelor's degree in health administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and his master's degree in business administration and health care administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Little was an operations administrator for the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., before coming to Baptist.
A recipient of the Early Career Healthcare Executive Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives, Little serves on the boards of the Tennessee Hospital Association, Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Church Health Center and the American Heart Association. He also is a member of The University of Tennessee Alumni Board and is the incoming chairman of the New Memphis Institute board.
Dr. Paul DePriest, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Paul DePriest is the first physician to ever serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Baptist. Dr. DePriest joined Baptist in 2012 as senior vice president and chief medical 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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
A 15-year Baptist colleague, Zach Chandler serves as the organization's executive vice president and chief strategy officer. After completing his Frank Groner administrative fellowship at Baptist, Chandler held several leadership roles within the organization, including serving as CEO and administrator at four Baptist Memorial hospitals. Before being promoted to his current role, he served as vice president and head of metro-Memphis operations, and, prior to that, vice president and head of regional operations.
After earning his bachelor's degree in business administration from Baylor University, he received a master's degree in health administration from Washington University. In addition to his leadership roles at Baptist, he spent two years as president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas. The American College of Healthcare Executives has honored Chandler with its Early Career Healthcare Executive Award.
Gregory M. Duckett
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Since 1992, Greg Duckett has served as senior vice president and chief legal counsel for Baptist Memorial Health Care. In this role, he has a number of responsibilities, including providing executive leadership, direction, guidance and assistance on legal and strategic matters related to Baptist and its subsidiaries and educating Baptist leadership on changes in the law. He also oversees risk management, risk financing, corporate compliance and government relations for Baptist Memorial Health Care.
Duckett is deeply involved in the Memphis community, serving on the boards of the Tennessee Election Commission, National Civil Rights Museum, the University of Memphis Board of Visitors, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Festival Association, the Economic Club and the Riverfront Development Corporation.
Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Scott Fountain, senior vice president and chief development officer for Baptist, oversees the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation and is also responsible for the divisions of Corporate Communications and Community Outreach.
Committed to enhancing the quality of care in the Mid-South, the BMHC Foundation - the charitable arm of Baptist Memorial Health Care - supports advances in patient care, medical education and research for Baptist Memorial hospitals. Camp Good Grief, Memphis' first bereavement camp for children, is an original program funded by the BMHC Foundation. All of these services are provided free to the community. Additionally, the BMHC Foundation supports advanced technology and therapies at Baptist hospitals.
Fountain graduated from Iowa State University and has spent many years in development and institutional advancement. Before joining Baptist in 1994, he served as vice chancellor for development at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. Outside of work, he serves on the boards of the Medical Education and Research Institute, The United Way of the Mid-South, the New Memphis Institute, PeopleFirst Partnership with Memphis Fast Forward and the Economic Club of Memphis. He serves on the board of Trustees of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens and as Secretary/Treasurer of the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation. Fountain also served as immediate past chair of EmergeMemphis.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Bill Griffin received his Bachelors of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi in 1982 and began his career in public accounting, working 11 years with the firms of 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, the chief financial officer for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis and as 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. In 2015, he was promoted to his current position. 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.
Vice President of Managed Care and CEO of Baptist Health Service Group
David Elliott is vice president of managed care for Baptist Memorial Health Care and CEO of Baptist Health Service Group, a five-state PPO with more than 400,000 covered lives. After earning a bachelor's degree from David Lipscomb University, he earned an MBA from the University of Memphis. A board member of the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis and Page Robbins Adult Day Care, he is a past chairman of the Health Care Financial Management Association, Tennessee Chapter.
Rev. Keith Norman
Vice President of Government Affairs
In his role as vice president of government affairs for Baptist, Rev. Keith Norman's primary responsibilities include establishing and maintaining relationships with government officials and strengthening Baptist's community outreach partnerships. The pastor of First Baptist Church—Broad in Binghampton, he is leading the revitalization of that community through GREATER WORKS Inc., an organization he founded. He also sits on the board of directors of the Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission, is a Board Trustee at Christian Brothers University, and is a Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance Commissioner. He also is president of the NAACP's Memphis chapter.
A graduate of Morehouse College, Norman has studied community revitalization and church/corporate partnerships at Harvard Divinity School as well as the Invitation Strategies for Church and Community Partnership at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He is pursuing a doctorate in Ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary.