Gordon B. Ferguson, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Gordon Ferguson has served as president and chief executive officer since 2006. Ferguson has more than 20 years of healthcare experience and in 2009 was named one of Business Tennessee Magazine’s top 25 hospital operators in Tennessee. In 2010, he was named one of Nashville Business Journal’s Healthcare Heroes and named the 2010 Daily News Journal (DNJ) Person of the Year. He began his career as director of planning at Baptist Medical Center Princeton in Birmingham, Ala. In 1998, Ferguson joined Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital as senior vice president of support services and subsequently served as senior vice president of operations. In 2004, he was named chief operating officer. He has overseen the construction of the $267 million New Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital facility and the $26 million outpatient service facility, facilitated the establishment of joint ventures and completed a master facility plan as part of the hospital's overall strategic plan. Ferguson received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned a master's degree in hospital and health administration from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. In 2007, Ferguson became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and previously served as president of the Healthcare Executive Forum of Middle Tennessee (HEFMT). Ferguson was the 2011 American Heart Association Heart Walk Chair and serves on the American Heart Association Rutherford County board. He was the 2011 President of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He also serves on the Business Education Partnership board of directors, a member of noon Rotary in Murfreesboro, and a graduate of Leadership Rutherford. He and his wife, Cindy, who is a speech language pathologist with Murfreesboro City Schools, live in Murfreesboro with their two sons, Robbie and Andy. The family attends First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro.Donald Denmark
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Denmark attended the University of Alberta in Canada for undergraduate studies in medical science. He then received his medical degree from the University of Alberta. After medical school, he studied at the University of Western Ontario and St. Joseph’s Hospital for a residency and rotating internship in family practice.
Since 2011, Dr. Denmark has served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, Arizona.
Chief Operations Officer
Elizabeth Lemons has been a healthcare leader for more than 15 years and a nurse for 27 years. A majority of Lemon's clinical experience was dedicated to OR nursing and Peri-operative Services leadership. She was a director and assistant vice president of Patient Care Services, later becoming the chief quality officer at Saint Thomas West Hospital and the associate chief quality officer for Saint Thomas Health prior to becoming the vice president of clinical effectiveness for Saint Thomas Health. Lemons provides executive leadership for overall hospital operations and is responsible for effective operation, administration and evaluation of all hospital services, operations, and facilities management. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Belmont University and a Master's Business Administration from Trevecca University. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and completed a Lean Healthcare certificate program. Lemons is very active in her local church, serving on various committees and serves on the Board of Alive Hospice. She and her husband Jerry have two children.
Chief Financial Officer
Larry Spratlin has served as chief financial officer since June of 2013. As chief financial officer, he is responsible for the hospital’s financial strategy, planning and accounting practices. Spratlin previously served in various leadership positions, including chief financial officer of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and treasurer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Spratlin began his career as a healthcare consultant with Ernst & Young and has held numerous healthcare financial related positions throughout his 35-year career. He received his BBA and MBA in finance from the University of Mississippi and is a member of the
Healthcare Financial Management Association, Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma.
Chief Nursing Officer
Since 2003, Beaven has served as the Vice President of Nursing Services at Baptist Health in Madisonville, Kentucky. She has been with the system since 1987, serving in a variety of roles. During her time at Baptist Health, she was involved with numerous quality improvement initiatives, as well as developing a shared leadership nursing model.
Beaven is a Kentucky native who, in addition to her work with Baptist Health, has been very active in the community through organizations such as United Way, Habitat for Humanity and the Hopkins County March of Dimes Walk.
Human Resources Director
Carol Bragdon has served at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital for 24 years. She came to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital as a registered nurse and patient care director. Bragdon has served as a nurse recruiter and recruitment retention specialist. Since 2002, she has served as director of human resources. For seven years, Bragdon worked as the sole recruiter for the 1250 associate medical facility. In 2001, she was responsible for hiring more than 450. Bragdon received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She went on to complete her master's degree in healthcare services administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. Bragdon has served with the United Way of Rutherford County, Boy Scouts of America and the YMCA. She and her husband, Rob, live in Murfreesboro with their two sons, Robert and Austin.