Published on May 29, 2012

Baptist announces leadership changes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Baptist Memorial Health Care recently announced several administrative changes throughout its 14-hospital system.

Kyle Armstrong, most recently administrator and CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville in Booneville, Miss., was named administrator and CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville in Collierville, Tenn. He will replace Glenn Baker, who is retiring after 20 years with Baptist.

Armstrong began his career with Baptist as the recipient of the Frank S. Groner Administrative Fellowship and went on to serve as assistant administrator at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City in Union City, Tenn. Prior to his position at Baptist Booneville, he served as assistant administrator at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus, Miss.

Armstrong began his career with Baptist as the recipient of the Frank S. Groner Administrative Fellowship and went on to serve as assistant administrator at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City in Union City, Tenn. Prior to his position at Baptist Booneville, he served as assistant administrator at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus, Miss.

James Grantham, most recently assistant administrator at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany, Miss., will replace Armstrong.

Grantham earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Belhaven College in 1996. After earning a second bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, he began his career as a medical technologist. He earned a master's degree in health administration from the University of Memphis in 2009, and he returned to Baptist as a Groner administrative fellow.

Following his yearlong fellowship, Grantham served as assistant administrator at Baptist Collierville before joining the administrative team at Baptist Union County. Samuel Lynd, the most recent Groner fellow, will replace Grantham.

Lynd earned his bachelor's degree in health care management from the University of Alabama in 2009 and his master's degree in business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his second master's degree in health administration from UAB in May.

Paul Betz, most recently administrator and CEO of NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro, Ark., was named administrator of process improvement for Baptist.

Betz joined Baptist in 2001 as assistant administrator at Baptist Union City. He went on to serve as administrator and CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton in Covington, Tenn., before joining NEA Baptist.

He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Lambuth University. He earned his master's degree in business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Brad Parsons, most recently administrator and CEO of Baptist Union City, will replace Betz at NEA Baptist.

A native of Birmingham, he earned a bachelor's degree from Birmingham Southern College and master's degrees in hospital administration and business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Barry "Skipper" Bondurant, most recently administrator and CEO of Baptist Tipton, will replace Parsons.

Bondurant previously served as assistant administrator at Baptist Union City and director of wellness and cardiovascular rehabilitation at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville, now Great River Medical Center.

He earned his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Tennessee at Martin, a master's degree in exercise and sports medicine from the University of Memphis and a master's degree in business administration from Union University.

Bill Tuttle, vice president of metro planning for Baptist, will serve as interim administrator and CEO at Baptist Tipton until a replacement for Bondurant is named.

"We are very excited to welcome our colleagues into these new roles," said Jason Little, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Baptist. "All have a proven track record of strong leadership and will be an integral part of advancing our hospitals' roles in the communities they serve."

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