Leadership

Bernie Sherry

Executive Vice President System Integration, Saint Thomas Health
President and CEO, Saint Thomas Midtown and West Hospitals

Bernie Sherry is currently the Executive Vice President System Integration, Saint Thomas Health and the President and CEO of Saint Thomas Midtown and West Hospitals.  Previously, he served as President and CEO of Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital (formerly Baptist Hospital), where he was appointed in June 2003. There he was responsible for leading the largest not-for-profit community hospital in Middle Tennessee.

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

Sherry 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 member 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 also is a graduate of the Ascension Leadership Academy, a curriculum focused on innovation and virtuous leadership.

Sherry is active in the Nashville community and serves on the board of the National Organization for Workforce Diversity, the March of Dimes Music City Division and has served as the chair of the March of Dimes 2010 and 2011 Nashville March for Babies. Some of his other leadership roles in the community involved tournament chair for the American Junior Golf Association Franklin Junior Classic, Nashville Sports Council Board member, and 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.

Mark Marsden
Chief Medical Officer, Saint Thomas Health

After twenty years as an Emergency Medicine physician at St. Thomas West
Hospital, Mark Marsden, MD was named its chief medical officer in October
2013. Prior to joining the administrative team, he served as president of the
medical staff 2012-2013, Medical Director of the Emergency Department
2009-2013, and president of Emergency Medicine Consultants of Nashville, PC 2001-2013, as well as working full-time in the Emergency Room.

Dr. Marsden’s medical career began in St. Thomas West Hospital’s Emergency Department in July 1994. He had recently completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at University of Mississippi Medical Center. Mark graduated from Louisiana State University and Louisiana State University Health Science Center. Under his leadership in the Emergency Department, Dr. Marsden made many improvements including conversion to electronic medical records and digital imaging, and implementing Computerized Physician Order Entry. He was also instrumental in acquiring bedside ultrasound and a CT scanner for the
Emergency Department.

Dr. Marsden is often seen making rounds and visiting hospital staff, interactions that he feels are important to building a positive team concept. He also believes the relationships he established in his twenty year career in the Emergency Department create a collaborative network to face the health care challenges of the day. As chief medical officer, Dr. Marsden works diligently to further his mission of improving quality care and patient safety.

Don KingDon 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.  

Carrie TeafordCarrie Teaford
Associate Chief Operations Officer

Carrie Teaford, who is responsible for the hospital's financial strategy, planning and accounting practices, has been employed in various capacities within the Saint Thomas Health hospital system, which includes Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, Saint Thomas Hospital, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital. She most recently served as division director of business operations at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. Prior to that, she held various roles at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, including director, manager and analyst in the hospital's decision support department from 2000 to 2006, managed care manager and director of risk contracting. At Saint Thomas Hospital, Teaford served as a managed care specialist, where she developed a 250-member physician hospital organization. She began her career as a provider relations representative for Metropolitan Life. Teaford is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Middle Tennessee Healthcare Executives Association and the Nashville Health Care Council's Leadership Health Care Council.

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.