Published on January 12, 2011

Baptist Announces Leadership Changes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Baptist Memorial Health Care recently announced the retirement of executive vice president and chief operating officer David C. Hogan. Hogan will retire at the end of January after spending 29 years at Baptist. After his retirement, he will serve as a senior consultant to the organization.

Jason Little has been chosen to replace Hogan.

A Baptist colleague since 2002, Little has served as CEO and administrator of three Baptist hospitals. Most recently, he was vice president and market leader for Baptist's seven metro-Memphis hospitals and NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro, Ark. 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.

Zach Chandler, most recently vice president and market leader for Baptist's six regional hospitals in Tennessee and Mississippi, will replace Little. Chandler joined Baptist Memphis in September 2009 as the administrator and CEO after spending two years as the president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas. Before that, he spent 10 years with Baptist in a variety of positions, including CEO and administrator of three Baptist hospitals.

Chandler earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a master's degree in health administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

Randy King has been chosen to replace Chandler. King, a Baptist colleague since 1983, most recently served as CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. Before that, he served as a vice president and market leader-overseeing operations for Baptist hospitals in Arkansas and West Tennessee. A graduate of Dyersburg State Community College with an associate's degree in data processing, King later earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Christian Brothers University. Dyersburg State has honored him with its Outstanding Alumni Award for showing commitment and dedication in his career through education and experience.

James Huffman, most recently CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany, Miss., will replace King. A Baptist colleague since 1995, he has served in a variety of leadership roles including chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus, Miss.

Huffman has a bachelor's degree in health care management from Appalachian State University and a master's degree in finance and a certificate in health care finance from the University of South Carolina.

Walter Grace, most recently CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville, Miss., will replace Huffman. Grace, a Baptist colleague since 1997, has held several leadership roles including assistant administrator at Baptist DeSoto and chief financial officer at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.

He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi.

Kyle Armstrong, most recently an assistant administrator at Baptist Golden Triangle, will replace Grace. Armstrong began his career with Baptist as an administrative fellow and went on to become assistant administrator at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City in Union City, Tenn., before coming to Baptist Golden Triangle. He attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he received a bachelor's degree in public relations and business administration. He earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a second master's degree from UAB in health care administration.

"We are thrilled to welcome our colleagues into these new roles," said Stephen C. Reynolds, president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care.  "All have a proven track record of strong leadership and will be an integral part of advancing our organization."

One of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States, Baptist Memorial Health Care offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South. The Baptist system, which consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation, comprises 14 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 4,000 affiliated physicians; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences. Baptist has more than 2,600 licensed beds systemwide, employs more than 12,000 people and has approximately 85,000 admissions annually. For more information about Baptist, please visit www.baptistonline.org or call 800-4-BAPTIST.

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