Leadership

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

Stephen C. Reynolds
President and Chief Executive Officer

Stephen C. Reynolds, President and Chief Executive Officer of Baptist

A leader in the national health care community, Stephen C. Reynolds began his career with Baptist Memorial Health Care as an administrative resident in 1971 and worked his way up to become president and chief executive officer in 1994. During his tenure, Baptist has become one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States, as well as one of the top-rated integrated health care delivery systems in the country.

Reynolds holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University and a master’s degree in health administration from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

When Reynolds joined the Baptist family, it only comprised the original hospital and a rehabilitation hospital. Reynolds played an integral role in the establishment and growth of the Baptist Memorial Health Care system, which today includes 14 hospitals in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.

Reynolds has held a number of leadership positions in local, regional and national organizations, including chairing the Tennessee Hospital Association, CEOs Against Cancer, the American College of Health Care Executives, the Healthcare Institute, the National Quality Forum’s National Patient Safety Task Force, the National Committee for Quality Health Care, Memphis Tomorrow and The Dixon Gallery and Gardens. He has been recognized for his service and leadership by the Tennessee Hospital Association, the American College of Health Care Executives, Washington University School of Medicine, Arkansas State University and Union University, to name just a few.

Jason Little
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Jason Little, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jason Little serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care. Little has been with Baptist since 2002. Previously, he served as vice president and metro market leader, where he had operational oversight for Baptist’s seven metro-Memphis hospitals and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro, Ark. He began his Baptist career serving as assistant administrator for Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. After that, he served as CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.

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.

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.

Paul DePriest, M.D.
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Paul DePriest, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical OfficerDr. Paul DePriest is senior vice president and chief medical officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care. 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.