Leadership

The commitment of our outstanding leadership over the past century has guided the evolution of Baptist from a 150-bed hospital to the Mid-South's largest health care system and one of the top-rated not-for-profit health care systems in the nation.

Jason Little
President and Chief Executive Officer

Jason Little, President and Chief Executive Officer of BaptistIn 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

Paul DePriest, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating OfficerDr. 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.

Zach Chandler
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Zach Chandler, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic OfficerA 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 Corporate Counsel

Gregory M. Duckett, Senior Vice President and Corporate Counsel Since 1992, Greg Duckett has served as senior vice president and corporate 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.

Scott Fountain
Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Scott Fountain, 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 also is the chair of EmergeMemphis.

Don Pounds
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Don Pounds, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer In his role as senior vice president and chief financial officer, Don Pounds is responsible for all areas of finance for the Baptist system, including treasury management, external and internal reporting, supply chain, reimbursement, tax, revenue cycle and general accounting. Since coming to Baptist in 1987, Pounds has served in a variety of roles, starting as controller at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County.

A graduate of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Pounds earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves on the Health Care Financial Management Association Large System Council.

Dr. Mark Swanson, MD
Vice President and Chief Medicial Officer

Dr. Mark Swanson, MD, Vice President and Chief Medicial OfficerAs Baptist Memorial Health Care's vice president and chief medical officer, Dr. Mark Swanson plays a key role in strategic planning for the Baptist system, focusing efforts on communication and collaboration between physicians and Baptist leadership to provide the best possible patient care. He helps develop and carry out a vision for performance enhancement across the Baptist system to position Baptist as a leader in quality and patient safety.

Before coming to Baptist, Swanson spent 28 years at Orlando Health, an eight-hospital, not-for-profit health care system. Most recently, he served as chief quality officer of the organization's physician group and physician clinical integration initiative.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk Va., Dr. Swanson earned a medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. He received his pediatric residency training at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., and accepted a fellowship in pediatric critical care and anesthesia at the Children's Hospital at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. He also earned a Master of Science degree in health care management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Rev. Keith Norman
Vice President of Government Affairs

Rev. Keith Norman, Vice President of Government AffairsIn 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.