Our Leaders

Kevin Hammeran
Administrator and Chief Executive Officer

Kevin HammeranKevin Hammeran is the CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children's Hospital, which opened in January 2015.

Prior to assuming these roles, Hammeran served as senior vice president and chief operating officer at New York Presbyterian and in that role was the chief administrative officer of the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and the Sloane Hospital for Women.

During his time at Morgan Stanley and Sloane Hospital, Hammeran delivered performance metrics in operations, quality, productivity and clinical utilization that substantially exceeded nationally recognized benchmarks. He also directed initiatives to reduce expenses, which resulted in more than $15 million in annual savings, and provided year over year improvements in length of stay and efficient use of resources.

Before coming to Morgan Stanley and Sloane Hospital for Women, Hammeran served as executive vice-president and chief operating officer for two different children's hospitals: Miami Children's Hospital and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. He also held various key leadership roles at The Children's Hospital in Boston and Children's Hospital Center (now Janet Weis Children's Hospital) in Danville, Penn.

He is married to his high school sweetheart and has two grown children, a son who is an attorney in the New York Superior Court and a daughter who is a recreational therapist.

Melissa "Missy" Nelson
Assistant Administrator

Melissa 'Missy' NelsonAs assistant administrator, Nelson oversees laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, respiratory, urogynecology, physical therapy, audiology, information systems and Epic, Baptist's electronic health record provider.

Before coming to Baptist, Nelson worked at Cleveland Clinic, where she served as department administrator for nephrology. Before that, she served as department administrator for pediatric, also at Cleveland.

She holds a master's degree in health administration from The University of Memphis and a bachelor's degree in health administration from Ohio University.

Margaret Williams
Chief Financial Officer

Margaret WilliamsMargaret Williams joined Baptist Memorial Health Care in 1997. She began her career with Baptist as an assistant controller, supporting corporate budgeting and productivity. In 2001, Williams was named controller at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and was appointed as the hospital's chief financial officer in November 2005. In her role as CFO, she is responsible for the hospital's revenue cycle and managing the hospital's budget. Williams earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin in May 1984 and graduated with a master's degree in health care administration from Central Michigan University in December 2001.

Carol Thetford
Chief Nursing Officer

Carol ThetfordCarol Thetford is the chief nursing officer for Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and is responsible for day-to-day operations for all nursing areas. She has been with Baptist since 1980. Thetford joined Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women as nurse manager of the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) in 1995. She also held a number of positions at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East (now Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis), including head nurse of the Newborn ICU and interim nurse manager of the pediatric department.

Thetford earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the Baptist School of Nursing in 1980. She was named one of the Top 100 nurses in Shelby County in 1995 and received the Nursing Excellence Award for Leadership in 2003.

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6225 Humphreys Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38120



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