Our Leaders at Baptist
President and Chief Executive Officer
In June 2014, Jason Little became only the fifth person since 1912 to serve as Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation's president and CEO. Since joining Baptist in 2002, Little has held a number of leadership positions, including administrator and CEO of three Baptist Memorial hospitals, vice president and head of metro-Memphis operations and executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Little received his bachelor's degree in health administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and master's degrees 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, Arizona, before joining 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, Memphis Tomorrow, the New Memphis Institute and the Industry Council for the Federal Reserve Branch at St. Louis.
Paul DePriest, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Paul DePriest is the first physician to serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation. Dr. DePriest joined Baptist in 2012 as senior vice president and chief medical officer. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University, an MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a master's degree in healthcare management from the Harvard School of Public Health. After medical school, Dr. DePriest completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in gynecological oncology at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Zach Chandler serves as Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation's executive vice president and chief strategy officer. After completing his Frank Groner administrative fellowship at Baptist, Chandler held several leadership roles within the organization, including serving as CEO and administrator at four Baptist Memorial hospitals. Before being promoted to his current role, he served as vice president and head of metro-Memphis operations, and, prior to that, vice president and head of regional operations. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Baylor University and a master's degree in health administration from Washington University. In addition to his leadership roles at Baptist, he spent two years as president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas. The American College of Healthcare Executives has honored Chandler with its Early Career Healthcare Executive Award.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Bill Griffin began his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen and KPMG Peat Marwick. In 1993, he joined Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation and has served as the chief financial officer for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis and as corporate system director of finance. In 2000, Griffin was promoted to vice president of corporate finance and also served as corporate privacy and security officer. In 2015, he was promoted to his current position. He is a certified public accountant, a chartered global management accountant, a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and an HFMA-certified healthcare financial professional. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. Griffin serves on the boards of Christ Community Health Services, The Medical Education & Research Institute and Mississippi True.
Gregory M. Duckett
Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Since 1992, Greg Duckett has served as senior vice president and chief legal officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, 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. 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.
Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Scott Fountain oversees the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation and all fund raising initiatives of the corporation. He is also responsible for Baptist Memorial Health Care’s division of Corporate Communications, which includes public relations and internal communications, brand development and marketing, web development and community outreach/relations. Fountain graduated from Iowa State University and has spent his entire career in institutional advancement. Before joining Baptist in 1994, he served as Vice Chancellor for Development at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He currently serves on the boards of the Medical Education and Research Institute, the New Memphis Institute, PeopleFirst Partnership with Memphis Fast Forward. He also serves on the board of Trustees of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens and is chairman-elect of the United Way of the Mid-South.
Vice President of Managed Care and CEO of Baptist Health Services Group of the Mid-South
David Elliott is vice president of managed care for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation and CEO of Baptist Health Services Group of the Mid-South, a five-state PPO with more than 400,000 covered lives. A board member of the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis and Page Robbins Adult Day Care, he is a past chairman of the Health Care Financial Management Association, Tennessee Chapter. He holds a bachelor's degree from David Lipscomb University and an MBA from the University of Memphis.
Rev. Keith Norman
Vice President of Government Affairs
Rev. Keith Norman establishes and maintains relationships with government officials and strengthens Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation's community outreach partnerships. The pastor of First Baptist Church—Broad in Binghampton, he is leading the revitalization of that community through GREATER WORKS Inc., an organization he founded. He also sits on the board of directors of the Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission, is a Board Trustee at Christian Brothers University and is a Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance Commissioner. He also is president of the NAACP's Memphis chapter. A graduate of Morehouse College, Norman has studied community revitalization and church/corporate partnerships at Harvard Divinity School as well as the Invitation Strategies for Church and Community Partnership at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He is pursuing a doctorate in Ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary.