She actively participates in regional community boards and advisory panels. Prior to joining ISHN, Sensibaugh was the director of integrated health at Eastman Chemical Company. We’re making communities healthier. Miller has been a board member of Ashley Academy, board member and secretary of the National Storytelling Association, member of the Executive Committee of the board of directors of the National Center for Quality, an ACE consultant to the Senior Corps of Retired Executives, member of the Executive Council of the Radford University Alumni Association and member of the board of directors of the New River Valley Legal Aid Corp. He was chairman of the 2011 Kingsport FunFest, chairman of the 2011 of the Greater Kingsport United Way campaign and chairman of the 2013 board chairman of the Kingsport Chamber (now known as the Kingsport Chamber Foundation). He also serves as the Chair of the Florida Higher Education Coordinating Council, a policy-setting body for public and private education in Florida. The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday heard several experts sound off on their concerns about the newly formed Ballad Health and the regulatory framework that permitted the merger … View Jerry Blackwell's photo here. Lisa Smithgall will serve as chief nursing officer of Ballad Health. She maintains certifications in nursing practice and nursing leadership as a certified neonatal intensive care nurse, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, and certified nurse executive. See Steve Kilgore's photo here. As a lifelong member of the Elizabethton community, Taylor is passionate about the region and about working with other community leaders on ways to grow and improve the community. During his tenure, Danville Regional opened seven new clinics, recruited 50 physicians to the community and increased primary care opportunities, which reduced non-acute emergency department visits. Blackwell completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at The Ohio State University and his cardiovascular MRI fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Monty McLaurin will serve as president of Ballad Health’s northwest market, with oversight of Holston Valley Medical Center, Hawkins County Memorial Hospital, Hancock County Hospital, Indian Path Medical Center, Lonesome Pine Hospital, Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Norton Community Hospital, and Dickenson Community Hospital. In 2000, he received the Meritorious Service Award for an Executive Staff member from the Tennessee Hospital Association, and also is a recipient of the Health Care Heroes Award. Carter has spent the majority of her career in the audit and compliance field and is a certified internal auditor, certified fraud examiner, and certified in healthcare compliance. Feb 3, 2018 Ballad Health celebrated its official launch Friday after the boards of both Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health Systems authorized final approval of the merger. He received his master’s degree from Milligan College and his a bachelor’s degree in business administration/economics from King College. See Lynn Krutak's photo here. Ballad Health merger leaves patients in rural Appalachia . Chill has a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Spalding University and master’s degree in management of healthcare facilities from Central Michigan University. We are all in this together.”. Our system was created in 2018 to improve the health of people in these regions, and we have committed investments totaling $308 million over 10 years to preserve access, expand health research and graduate medical education, and address some of the region’s most pressing health issues. Kilgore is a fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. In addition to his work with Ballad Health, Belisle is chairman of the Johnson City Board of Education and the Johnson City Public Building Authority. Prior to her role at Ballad Health, Krutak served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Mountain States Health Alliance, with responsibility for the direction and oversight of the health system's financial operations. Prior to this role, Smithgall was the vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer of Holston Valley Medical Center. Kilgore has more than 30 years of health care experience in the areas of hospital/physician relations, development, physician practice acquisition, physician practice management, physician compensation and integrated delivery systems. This report describes the twin COPAs approved by Tennessee and Virginia in 2017 to allow health systems, Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance, to merge to form Ballad Health System, a combined entity that holds a near-monopoly in southwest He previously served in multiple executive-level positions, including president of the Wellmont community hospital division composed of the system’s five community hospitals in Tennessee and Virginia; chief operating officer roles at Bristol Regional and Holston Valley Medical Center; and as a leader for supply chain and support service functions from the Wellmont corporate office. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and graduated from the Marshall University School of Medicine. All rights reserved. She has also served at Covenant Health and at Humana Hospitals in Louisville, Kentucky. He holds a bachelor of business administration degree from East Tennessee State University, and juris doctor and master of business administration degrees from Wake Forest University. All rights reserved. Health Details: Ballad Health is the only hospital provider for more than a million people in four states thanks to a law allowing two hospital systems to merge. Levine currently serves on the board of governors of the State University System of Florida, the governing body of Florida’s 12 state universities. Now it's cutting a NICU and a trauma center. He also serves as an elder at Colonial Heights Christian Church. The merger was made possible only by a change in Tennessee law to bypass FTC anti-monopoly rules. He completed a bachelor’s degree in science education at Louisiana College and holds a master’s degree in hospital and healthcare administration from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He serves as chair of research and academic excellence and has served as chair of Audit and Compliance. In addition to her role at Ballad Health, Smithgall serves as the adjunct faculty at ETSU and co-director of the ETSU/Holston Valley Medical Center Accelerated BSN Program in Kingsport, initiated in 2016. Keck is the former senior vice president and chief development officer for Mountain States Health Alliance. Jeb Bush prior to his appointment by Gov. They also have two adult children, Brantley and Clayton. He also served as chief operating officer of Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg, Virginia. See Tim Belisle's photo here. The newly formed hospital system operates 21 hospitals in southwest Virginia, northeast Tennessee and parts of Kentucky and North Carolina. She joined Mountain States in 1998 when Johnson City Medical Center purchased six facilities from Columbia/HCA. JOHNSON CITY AND KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The proposed merger between Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System reached an important milestone on Tuesday with approval of the systems’ Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) application by Tennessee officials. Hickson also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, S.C., a 649-bed teaching hospital and trauma center operating under a Certificate of Public Advantage. A COPA Local Advisory Council also monitors the COPA. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from East Tennessee State University with a major in accounting. Prior to his role at Ballad Health, Miller was executive vice president and general counsel for Wellmont Health System. Deaton earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Milligan College and a master's degree in business administration from Bristol College. Hickson has served since 2016 as chief executive officer of the Mountain States northeast operating division and as the chief executive officer of Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. See Greg Neal's photo here. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree in finance from Milligan College. I believe we have selected the people who can execute on the promise of this merger.”. David Sensibaugh will serve as interim vice president of human resources for Ballad Health. Since the merger, Ballad has also moved some clinical services inside hospitals, allowing it to add "facility fee" charges. Kilgore was also director of development for a national, publicly-held physician practice management company and as executive director of a large, regional multi-specialty practice. The top leadership team for Ballad Health has also been selected, including leaders from both the former Wellmont and Mountain States teams. But the protestors and some local health care professionals disagree. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Charities in Johnson City, Tennessee, Community Advisory Board Member for the Northeast Tennessee Nurse-Family Partnership Program, Community Advisory Board Member for the East Tennessee State University College of Nursing, and a Nursing Advisory Committee Member for the Walters State Community College Nursing program. In 2017, he earned admittance to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. ETSU senior Courtney Fletcher and Dean of the College of Nursing Dr. Wendy Nehring discuss the Ballad Health Merger between Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health … Prior to this role, Carter served as the director of audit and compliance services for Mountain States Health Alliance. Find a photo of Eric Deaton here. Team members will receive new badges bearing the Ballad Health logo on Friday, but few other changes will be visible to patients immediately. Prior to this role, Taylor served as vice president and chief executive officer for Mountain States Health Alliance’s southeast market, comprising Sycamore Shoals, Johnson County and Unicoi County hospitals. None have granted a COPA the size and scope of Ballad's. At the time of the acquisition, she was chief financial officer at Johnson City Specialty Hospital. Since May 1, residents have staged a round-the-clock protest outside the hospital. His undergraduate degree in sociology/philosophy was earned at Tennessee Technological University. The State of Tennessee has issued a COPA or a Certificate of Public Advantage to Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System, formalizing a merger deal … Signage and printed materials will change gradually over the next several months. They have four children now living in Mississippi, Texas, New York City and Johnson City. Virtual public hearing on Ballad Health, COPA yields just one citizen speaker | WJHL By [email protected] _84 on January 26, 2021 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – In sharp contrast with the previous two years, the 2021 public hearing of the COPA Local Advisory Council (LAC) was a quiet event, with just one speaker. “Wellmont and Mountain States had great leaders, and we have spent nearly one year evaluating them to make sure we selected the team that would be the best fit, create the best culture, and be capable of executing on the very significant plans before us,” said Levine. SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM:  The Tennessean provides the in-depth reporting that shapes the region. McLaurin was previously the chief executive officer and vice president of Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. View a photo of Anthony Keck here. Jindal's senior health policy advisor. McLaurin and his wife, Debi, are members of the Kingsport Christ Fellowship Church. Ballad Health, the newly formed hospital company, now functions as the only hospital system for the majority of residents — about 1.2 million people — in a geographic area the size of New Jersey. ... read more about With Changes in State of Tennessee Vaccination Program, Ballad Health to Cease New Vaccinations for the Public in Tennessee. Ballad Health’s merger between Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System is providing a public advantage. He has also sat on the boards of many community organizations in South Central Virginia. Prior to her role at Ballad Health, Chill served as chief information officer for Wellmont Health System, with oversight for the system’s knowledge and technology services, including all software, hardware, data management and electronic medical record. He has served in a number of executive posts throughout Wellmont Health System since 1991 when he began his career in strategic planning and business development. Blackwell joined the medical staff of Holston Valley Medical Center in the mid-1990s, bringing expertise in magnetic resonance imaging of the cardiovascular system. He is currently the chair-elect of the ACC’s Health Affairs Committee. Eichorn previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Mountain States Health Alliance, with oversight of all 14 Mountain States hospitals and the retail and ambulatory divisions. Tim Belisle will serve as general counsel of Ballad Health. Ballad Health, the new regional monopoly formed by the merger of Mountain State and Wellmont, says that streamlining and consolidating services will make health care more efficient and ultimately improve quality of care. The statement from Ballad Health CEO and Chairman Alan Levine thanks Governor Lee for the signing of the order. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from East Tennessee State University. She is involved with several professional and community groups, including the American College of Healthcare Executives and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Ballad Health a reality following merger of MSHA, Wellmont. Sensibaugh holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences and a master’s degree in business administration from Virginia Tech. Paige Carter is the chief compliance officer for Ballad Health. The stated purpose of the task force – to give the public a chance to be heard when it comes to the Ballad Health merger. The legislation authorized the issuance of a certificate of public advantage (COPA) in Tennessee and a cooperative agreement in Virginia, and represents the first transaction of its kind to involve approval and supervision from two states. Marvin Eichorn will serve as chief operating officer of Ballad Health. He also graduated from the physician’s executive MBA program at the University of Tennessee. The proposed merger of Wellmont and Mountain States drew broad support from employers and business leaders, the region’s chambers of commerce, local governments and the legislative delegation. Dwayne Taylor will serve as president of Ballad Health’s southeast market, with oversight of Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Johnson County Community Hospital, and Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. View a photo of Dwayne Taylor here. In these roles, Levine oversaw the health care response to 12 major hurricanes making landfall in Florida and Louisiana, managed Louisiana’s response to the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, led Louisiana’s effort to improve child immunization rates from ranking 48th in the nation to 2nd, successfully advocated the passage of major and historic health care reforms in both states and was recognized for his efforts in combating fraud and abuse in public health care programs. Before her role as chief financial officer for the health system, Krutak was serving as both the corporate CFO for Mountain States and CFO for the system’s wholly owned for-profit subsidiary, Blue Ridge Medical Management. A formal launch will be held on Friday, Feb. 2. Krutak graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. This is new, and we respect the challenge before us. Ballad Health leaders and team members will mark the system’s official launch on Friday, Feb. 2, with celebrations for team members at locations throughout the region. Sensibaugh currently serves as CEO of Integrated Solutions Health Network (ISHN), a regional health solutions company based in Johnson City, Tennessee, including approximately 2,000 physicians in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina. The new company is formed by the merger of Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health. Prior to joining Wellmont, Chill worked for Baptist Hospital West/Baptist Hospital for Women in Knoxville. Greg Neal will serve as president of Ballad Health’s northeast market, with oversight of Bristol Regional Medical Center, Johnston Memorial Hospital, Russell County Medical Center and Smyth County Community Hospital. He has also held the title of market president for LifePoint Hospitals, where he directed the collective operations of Danville Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville, both in South Central Virginia. “As we spent the last year evaluating the team, it became clear that we have some of the most talented people you can find in any health system. See Stan Hickson's photo here. Ballad is planning to downgrade a NICU and trauma center in Kingsport, diverting the sickest and most critically injured patients elsewhere. The Ballad Health merger is a prime example of how privatization and consolidation are leading to worse health services across the South. Before joining Mountain States, Keck served as the director of Health and Human Services for South Carolina during the first term of Gov. Keck was active in establishing the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum after Hurricane Katrina, served on the board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education and the Executive Committee of the National Academy for State Health Policy. During this time, Taylor led several key projects, including the planning and development of a new 35,000-square-foot medical office building, expansion of the emergency department, implementation of MRI services and the addition of geropsych services. Other past community leadership positions include the Mountain States Washington County community board, the board of advisors for ETSU’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the advisory board of HEAL Appalachia, the board of directors for Integrated Benefits Institute, the CareSpark board of directors, Pioneering Healthy Communities, the Tennessee e-Health Council, the board of directors for Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), and the Tennessee Health Quality Initiative. She had responsibility for managing the internal audit function and compliance program. We’re investing in health research and medical education.And we need you!Ballad Health is seeking compassionate individuals who are excited about making a difference and caring for those in need.Search our job listings to find the right fit for your unique skills and experience. ; associate administrator of Trident Medical Center in Charleston, S.C.; and as a strategic planner for HCA. Ballad Health announced plans to close four urgent care clinics — in Johnson City, Abingdon, Kingsport and Greeneville — over the coming months, noting that … That’s according to the Tennessee Department of Health from a statement in a news release from Ballad Health. Together, we are transforming our region. He has served as a board member for the Hospital Alliance of Tennessee, the Elizabethton and Carter County Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the local Rotary Club and is a strong supporter of the United Way. Smithgall was a recipient of the Tennessee Hospital Association’s Meritorious Service Award for Executive Staff in 2010, The Women’s Economic Council Foundation “E” Award for Economic Excellence and Equality in 2009, The Business Journal Health Care Hero Award in 2009, and the YWCA Tribute to Women Award in 2009. Nikki R. Haley and also served three years in the administration of Louisiana Gov. Before her career in healthcare, Krutak served in a lead finance position for a top 50 privately held company in Atlanta. In that role, he was responsible for marketing and sales, strategic planning, government affairs, and the system's accountable care organization (ACO). He remains a paid consultant to Ballad Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, her Master of Science in nursing degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her Philosophy of Science in nursing degree from ETSU. She also served in numerous financial roles at the hospital facilities. He has also been on the Tennessee Hospital Association task forces on HIPAA compliance and unusual events reporting. See Monty McLaurin's photo here. Representatives from Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System welcomed several employees, leaders from across the region, and others to MeadowView Convention Center Friday morning to formally announce the creation of Ballad Health … Ballad Health is the product of a merger between the nonprofit hospitals Wellmont Health Systems and Mountain States Health Alliance, both based in Johnson City, Tennessee. Throughout her leadership career, Chill has been recognized for quality improvement, customer and employee satisfaction, physician recruitment and integration, strong fiscal management, productivity enhancement and revenue growth. The 2015 law made a "certificate of public advantage" available to hospitals wanting to merge. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Milligan College, teaching human resources management. “This merger, which is happening with the support of the leaders of Tennessee and Virginia, represents an acknowledgement that there is a different model that can be better than the creation of a few national health care systems. See Martha Chill's photo here. Bobby Jindal's cabinet as secretary of Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals and as Gov. “This merger would not have been possible without tremendous support from our local business community, physicians, team members and community leaders who are passionate about preserving local healthcare during a time when community hospitals are being absorbed by large national health systems,” said Alan Levine, executive chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ballad Health. Eric Deaton will serve as vice president of market operations for Ballad Health. 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