Published on February 18, 2013

Bob Gordon to retire as EVP and CAO of BMHCC

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Robert S. (Bob) Gordon has announced his plans for retirement effective June 1of this year. Although he will retire from his current role as executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Baptist in the coming months, he will continue to work with Baptist in an executive consultant role.

“Bob has made tremendous contributions to Baptist and the health care community,” said Stephen Reynolds, president and CEO of Baptist. “His vast health care knowledge is one of many things that distinguish him as an outstanding health care leader.”

Graduating from the health administration program in the Medical School at Washington University in St. Louis, he joined Baptist Memorial Hospital as an administrative resident in 1977. Gordon earned board certification from the American College of Healthcare Executives in 1989. He went on to achieve several leadership positions, including chief operating officer of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Medical Center and Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in 1993. In 1998, he was promoted to executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Baptist Memorial Health Care.

Gordon helped create Baptist Health Services Group and lead the Mid-South e-Health Alliance, the state's effort to encourage hospitals and health providers to securely share patient records electronically across their communities for the benefit of patients and providers. The program served as a model for similar initiatives throughout Tennessee as well as other states. Years later, building on the success in Memphis he was again asked to lead, at the state level, the formation of the Health Information Partnership of Tennessee to electronically share health information throughout the state.

Gordon has served in numerous voluntary roles within the industry, including two consecutive terms as chairman of the Tennessee Hospital Association. He has received a number of awards for his health care career contributions, including the THA's Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor awarded by the association, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mid-South Health Care Executives chapter of the ACHE.

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; Baptist Medical Group, a multispecialty physician group with more than 400 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 2,300 licensed beds systemwide, employs more than 14,000 people and has approximately 85,000 admissions annually. For more information about Baptist, please visit or call 800-4-BAPTIST.

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