Leadership

Gordon B. Ferguson, FACHE, President and Chief Executive OfficerGordon 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.

Elizabeth Lemons, Chief Operations OfficerElizabeth Lemons
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.

Scott Corlew, MD, MPH; FACSScott Corlew, MD, MPH; FACS
Chief Medical Officer
 
Scott Corlew has a broad background in clinical practice and in administration. He served as Chief Medical Officer of ReSurge International (formerly Interplast), a US-based NGO working to increase access to care and host-country capacity for reconstructive surgery in developing nations. In that role he oversaw the programs, including development and evaluation, in various countries in Asia, Africa, and South America. Prior to assuming that position he practiced general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery, serving as Chief of Surgery at Middle Tennessee Medical Center and as president of the board of directors of Murfreesboro Medical Clinic. He practiced primary care medicine in the National Health Service Corps prior to his surgical residencies. He received his medical degree from Emory University in 1981, his MPH in International Health from Harvard School of Public Health, and he trained at Emory, University of Maryland, and University of Florida. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and was certified by the American Board of Surgery 1989-2010. He serves on the editorial board of Annals of Plastic Surgery, and has been published on a number of topics, including economic modeling of health care services and development of global surgical capacity. He and his wife Kathy live in Murfreesboro and are proud of their children who both live in Chicago.
 
Larry Spratlin
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.
 

Carol Bragdon, Human Resources DirectorCarol Bragdon
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.

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