Don King -- king,_don_sth.jpgDon King 
Chief Operating Officer

Don King joined Saint Thomas West Hospital as chief operating officer in December 2011. King also currently oversees Saint Thomas Heart at both Saint Thomas West Hospital and Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital.

King, a licensed physical therapist, previously served as COO of HCA’s Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Prior to joining Lee’s Summit, King held the positions of vice president of operations at HCA’s Research Medical Center; administrator of urgent and corporate care at Adventist Health System’s Shawnee Mission Medical Center and manager at Health Midwest’s Occupational Medicine Associates.

He received his bachelor’s degree in life science and master’s degree in physical therapy from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif. Among other notable accomplishments in his career, he is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and American Physical Therapy Association. 

Pam Hess -- pam_hess_website.jpgPam Hess
Chief Financial Officer

Pam Hess served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital prior to taking the CFO role at Saint Thomas West Hospital. Hess previously served as CFO for Community Health System's St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. where she was awarded the 2009 CFO Leadership in Excellence award.  Hess has held positions in numerous healthcare systems and hospitals, including senior financial analyst for the Ascension Health four-hospital system, Columbia St. Mary's Inc. in Milwaukee, Wis. She received her BBA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Jerry Kearney
Vice President of Mission

In October 2007, Jerry Kearney began his duties as vice president of mission at Saint Thomas West Hospital. Kearney has more than 25 years of senior level health care management experience. Kearney oversees Saint Thomas West Hospital's ministry and mission efforts. The Daughters of Charity founded Saint Thomas West Hospital in 1898 in Nashville. The mission of Saint Thomas West Hospital is based on the works and teachings of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louis de Marillac.

From 2001 to 2007, Kearney served as founder and principal of the Hesed Group in Abilene, Texas. The Hesed Group is a behavioral health care management and operations firm, dedicated to bringing outcome effective, cost-efficient mental health and substance abuse services to underserved areas. Kearney has also directed behavioral health facilities in Kansas, Illinois, Virginia and Maryland.

He has a doctoral degree in Christian Spirituality and a master's degree in theology from Washington Theological Union, a master's degree in human development from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. Joseph's Seminary College.


Jennifer Elliott, RN
Vice President of Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer Saint Thomas West Hospital, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital

Jennifer Elliott, RN, serves as vice president of clinical operations and chief nursing officer for both Saint Thomas West Hospital and Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital.

Prior to this expanded role, Elliott served as vice president of clinical operations and chief nursing officer for Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, formerly Baptist Hospital, where she worked with senior leadership, implementing strategic plans and objectives, while also developing and maintaining patient-centered care initiatives in collaboration with Saint Thomas West Hospital medical staff and hospital nursing staff.

Elliott began her career at the former Baptist Hospital in 2001, where she has served in various leadership roles including charge nurse, nurse manager, and director of Emergency Services and Critical Care. In these positions, she led the development of various projects including the formation of the Baptist Hospital transfer center and implementation of the computerized physician order entry technology in the emergency department.

Elliott received her degree from Tennessee State University and is currently completing her graduate degree at Bethel University. She is a member of the Tennessee Emergency Nurses Association, American Nurses Association and serves on several Davison County committees focused on disaster preparation.

Elliott was awarded Nurse Executive of the Year in 2011 from the Tennessee Hospital Association.

Marco Fernandez
Assistant Chief Nursing Officer (ACNO)
Saint Thomas Midtown and Saint Thomas West Hospitals

Marco has been with Saint Thomas West Hospital and Saint Thomas Health Services since 1995. He has served in various leadership roles since that time throughout the organization—beginning as a Staff Nurse in Critical Care and most recently, serving as Executive Director, Talent Management and Education.

Marco received his Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. He serves as a member of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Association for Nursing Professional Development, SEEDS (SouthEast Educators for the Development of Staff), Tennessee Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau. He has been instrumental in our Education Department over the last several years.

Bernie Sherry
President and CEO of Nashville Inpatient Operations

Bernie Sherry began his duties as president and CEO of Nashville Inpatient Operations on July 15, 2013. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital where he was appointed in June 2003. There he was responsible for leading the largest not-for-profit community hospital in Middle Tennessee with 683 licensed beds and nearly 2,000 associates.

As President and CEO of Nashville Inpatient Operations, Sherry will oversee operations at both Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital. He will help to accelerate synergy between the two Nashville facilities including rationalization of service lines and capital allocation. This role is vital to reducing variation and duplication across the system, and will result in greater operational efficiency.

He began his role in the Saint Thomas Health system in 2000 serving as vice president of managed care. Prior to joining Saint Thomas Health, Sherry worked at the Greenville University Hospital System, a 1,100 bed multi-hospital system, in Greenville, S.C.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Gannon University in Erie, Pa., and his master's degree in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. He is a diplomat of the American College of Health Care Executives and a graduate of Ascension Health's Leadership Formation for Healthcare Ministry, a two-year program focusing on ministry within a health care setting. Sherry is active in the Nashville community and has served as the chair of the March of Dimes 2010 and 2011 Nashville March for Babies, a board member for the March of Dimes Tennessee chapter and the Music City Division, tournament chair for the American Junior Golf Association Franklin Junior Classic, Nashville Sports Council board member, Hospital Hospitality House board of directors and West End/Broadway Corridor Steering Committee member. He was honored in June 2010 as a Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association/Father’s Day Council and as a Health Care Hero by the Nashville Business Journal in August 2011.

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