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Stephen A. Williams

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen A. Williams joined Norton Healthcare in 1977 and has served as president and CEO since 1993. He served as executive vice president and chief operating officer from 1988 to 1993; vice president of quality management from 1986 to 1988; vice president of managed hospitals from 1984 to 1986; administrator of Caldwell County Hospital, managed by Norton Healthcare, from 1980 to 1984; and assistant to the executive vice president from 1977 to 1979. A native of Lola, Ky., Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Murray State University and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota.

Williams carries the unique distinction of having served as CEO of what was once Kentucky’s smallest hospital (Livingston County, 26 beds) from 1972 to 1977 and now serving as CEO of the region’s most comprehensive health care system, which is consistently listed as one of the top 100 integrated health care delivery systems in the nation. He has led Norton Healthcare through substantial growth (more than tripled in size) to become the region’s third largest employer with nearly 12,000 employees; five outpatient centers; 12 Norton Immediate Care Centers; nearly 600 employed medical providers; in excess of 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff; and regional affiliates throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Since the mid 1980s, Williams has been recognized as a national leader, speaker and author in the area of health care quality measurement, reporting and improvement processes as an organizational strategy, which resulted in Norton Healthcare being the first to receive a national award in health care quality (Healthcare Forum’s Commitment to Quality Award in 1988). Norton Healthcare was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious National Quality Forum National Quality Healthcare Award, along with the 2011 Kentucky Hospital Association Quality Award.

Williams has served on the board of trustees of American Hospital Association and chaired its Regional Policy Board. He also has chaired the board of the Kentucky Hospital Association and received its Award of Excellence. He has served as co-chair of Greater Louisville Inc. (Louisville’s chamber of commerce and economic development organization); chair of Louisville’s Metro United Way; founding chair of KentuckianaWorks (the region’s workforce investment board); Health Insights Foundation (a national educational organization for health care CEOs); and he has served on boards of many other health care and civic organizations over his 40-year career. Among many awards Williams has received is the Distinguished Alumni Award from both Murray State University (where he now serves on its Board of Regents) and the University of Minnesota.


Russell F. Cox

President

Russell F. Cox joined Norton Healthcare in September 2000 as vice president of support services. He was appointed senior vice president, operations and development, in October 2002; executive vice president in September 2004; and executive vice president and chief operating officer in September 2005. He currently has direct executive oversight for hospital/regional market operations, service line functions, systemwide medical affairs and nursing operations, clinical quality, foundations/philanthropy and marketing/communications. Cox has shared executive oversight responsibility for other major functions within Norton Healthcare, including finance, legal, information services, human resources/organizational development, Norton Healthcare's Old Brownsboro Crossing development, and mission and outreach.

Cox has more than 20 years of executive experience in health care. Before joining Norton Healthcare, he spent six years as executive director of resource operations at Caritas Health Services in Louisville. Before that, he worked for Humana Inc., Galen Healthcare and Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., in various executive roles, including human resources, development and acquisitions, and operations support. Cox, a lifelong resident of Louisville, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development. He also attended the Vanderbilt University Owen School of Management in Nashville, Tenn., and completed the requirements for certification from its Executive Development Institute.

Cox has been active in the community by serving on various nonprofit and volunteer boards. He currently serves on the board of the Louisville Downtown Development Corp. as treasurer and a member of its executive committee; the Leadership Louisville Foundation board as its chair and a member of its executive committee; and the Kentucky Country Day School board of trustees and member of its executive committee.


Michael W. Gough

System Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Michael W. Gough has served in his current role since September 2003. Before that, he served as vice president of finance from July 2000. Gough was chief financial officer at Caritas Health Services in Louisville (a member of Catholic Health Initiatives) from December 1994 to July 2000. From 1983 to 1994, he worked for Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. and its predecessors, Galen Healthcare and Humana Inc.; as vice president and chief financial officer for Audubon Regional Medical Center in Louisville; chief financial officer for Medical Center Hospital in Huntsville, Ala.; assistant executive director of finance for Audubon Regional Medical Center in Louisville; assistant executive director of finance at University of Louisville Hospital (then managed by Humana Inc.); and financial management specialist for McFarland Hospital in Lebanon, Tenn.

Gough earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and business administration (dual major) from Bellarmine University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Louisville. He is an advanced member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and serves on the board of directors of the Kentucky chapter of the American Red Cross. He is a past member of several other community boards. In 2009 Gough was selected by Business First as "CFO of the Year." He is a member of the Bellarmine University Gallery of Distinguished Graduates.


Steven T. Hester, M.D., MBA

System Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Steven T. Hester, M.D., MBA, was promoted to his current position in September 2008 after serving as vice president, medical affairs, since December 2006. He joined Norton Healthcare in January 2005 as chief medical information officer. He has served Norton Healthcare in multiple medical staff positions, including president of the medical staff for a Norton Healthcare facility and representative on the System Medical Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Norton Healthcare, Dr. Hester practiced emergency medicine full time, serving as regional medical director for Kentuckiana Emergency Physicians, a practice that sees more than 110,000 patient visits per year. During his tenure there, Dr. Hester worked to improve quality and volume with significant success while redefining multiple processes within the organization.

Dr. Hester holds a bachelor's and a medical degree from the University of Louisville and a Master of Business Administration degree from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Hester serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association's Louisville chapter and Kentucky Harvest. He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives, American Medical Association, Kentucky Medical Association and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. In 2005, he was chosen for the "Forty Under 40" designation by Louisville's Business First newspaper.


Tracy E. Williams, DNP, R.N.

Senior Vice President and System Chief Nursing Officer

Tracy E. Williams, DNP, R.N., was promoted to her current role in December 2006 after serving as vice president and system chief nursing officer since May 2005. Williams oversees all nursing and management of care functions for Norton Healthcare's adult-service hospitals, Norton Immediate Care Centers and physician practices. Her areas of accountability within Norton Healthcare have included quality, care management, service excellence, project management, clinical information analysis, emergency services, the organization's integration and alignment agenda, women's services, nursing informatics, nursing systems, Norton Clinical Agency, the Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing and the overall development of nursing staff and leadership throughout the organization.

Williams' professional background includes 15 years as vice president and senior nurse executive for Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Fla. A native of Virginia, she began her career in the pediatric intensive care unit of Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, and later held several nursing management positions, culminating in the nurse administrator role at HCA Henrico Doctors' Hospital in Richmond before joining Norton Healthcare.

Williams earned a bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., a master's degree in nursing from Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and a doctorate in nursing practice, specializing in executive leadership, from Rush University in Chicago.

Williams has been recognized as a Business First Partner in Health Care from 2007 through 2012. In 2011, Williams received HCPro's prestigious Nursing Image Award for her action-oriented leadership in implementing a culture centered on patients and their families. The Florida Nurses Association named Williams one of District II's 100 best nurses in 2000 and District II Nurse Administrator of the Year in 1996. She is a frequent national speaker on nursing, health care, innovation and leadership topics. She is active in many professional organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives, National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. A 1994 graduate of Leadership Louisville, Williams currently serves on the boards of the Fund for the Arts, the Kids Center and SOAR.


Thomas D. Kmetz

Division President, Women's and Children's Services and Kosair Children's Hospital

Thomas D. Kmetz began his current role on May 1, 2012. Previously, he had served as president of Kosair Children's Hospital and Pediatric Services since Jan. 1, 2009.

Kmetz joined Norton Healthcare in September 1998 as president and administrator of Norton Audubon Hospital. He was appointed president of Norton Healthcare's south-central market in February 2005.

Kmetz's health care career also includes 11 years with the University of North Carolina Hospitals (now UNC Health Care) in Chapel Hill, where he was responsible for a broad range of programs, clinical services and support services, including significant accountability for and accomplishments in pediatrics. Kmetz provided leadership toward the efforts to expand pediatric medicine and pediatric surgical services; to significantly expand the capacity and volume of neonatal services; and to plan and build a free-standing children's hospital.

Before joining the University of North Carolina Hospitals, Kmetz was assistant to the executive director of Humana Hospital in Lexington, Ky. He holds a bachelor's degree in health sciences from the University of Kentucky, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in hospital and health care administration from the University of Minnesota. Kmetz was recognized as the Witt/Kieffer-Modern Healthcare Up and Comer in 2000 and is past president of the Health Services Council of Metropolitan Louisville.

Among many professional memberships and community activities, Kmetz is a member of the Finance Committee for the Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville; a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives; board member, past chair and member of the executive committee of the Kentucky Hospital Association; a board member of the Children's Hospital Association; a board member of the Child Health Corporation of America; a board member for the YMCA of Metropolitan Louisville; and a preceptor to graduate students from the University of Kentucky and University of Minnesota programs in hospital administration.


Douglas A. Winkelhake

Division President, Adult Services, and Chief Executive, Norton Neuroscience Institute

Douglas A. Winkelhake began his current role on May 1, 2012. Previously, he served as president of Norton Brownsboro Hospital since July 2006 and interim executive director of Norton Neuroscience Institute since August 2010. Winkelhake was responsible for the planning, design, construction and successful opening of Norton Brownsboro Hospital in August 2009.

Since joining Norton Healthcare in 1997, Winkelhake has served as vice president of the ortho/neuro/spine service line, associate vice president of operations for Norton Hospital and assistant administrator of finance and operations for Norton Suburban Hospital. Before coming to Norton Healthcare, Winkelhake worked as a long-term care administrator and administrator at a regional mental health and mental rehabilitation service provider.

Winkelhake is a native of Palatine, Ill., a Chicago suburb. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in political science and history from the University of Iowa, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kentucky.

Winkelhake is a fellow of the Healthcare Advisory Board and is a member of Mensa. He was chosen as a Business First "Forty Under 40" honoree in 2007. In 2009 Winkelhake was honored as a Modern Healthcare "Up and Comer" and also received the American College of Healthcare Executives Regents Award.

Winkelhake serves on the board of Cedar Lake Lodge and is active in support of his children's school and extracurricular activities.


Matthew P. Ayers

Chief Administrative Officer, Norton Hospital

Matthew P. Ayers was named to his current role on Feb. 7, 2014, after serving as system vice president, Surgical and Orthopaedic Services, for Norton Healthcare. Ayers previously served in various roles over 10 years with Norton Medical Group, where he gained experience in strategic planning, financial management, compliance and licensure, physician recruitment, contract negotiation and management, construction project oversight and the daily operations of physician practices. In his new role, Ayers is responsible for providing operational leadership for Norton Healthcare’s original hospital.

A native of Evansville, Ind., Ayers earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration from Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University.


Jon D. Cooper

Chief Administrative Officer, Norton Audubon Hospital

Jon D. Cooper began his current role on Nov. 1, 2013, after nearly 10 years with Norton Healthcare. He previously served as vice president, Operations, at Norton Audubon, and most recently held that role at Norton Suburban Hospital (future home of Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital).

Cooper also has held leadership roles in surgical and orthopaedic services, overseeing major contract negotiations and service innovations for 66 operating rooms across the system.

Cooper is a past recipient of Norton Healthcare’s Good Samaritan Award and has been recognized as a Business First Partner in Health Care for the past two years. He is a long-time volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and a graduate of the Leadership Louisville program. Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toledo in Ohio.


Ginger L. Figg

Chief Administrative Officer, Norton Medical Group

Ginger L. Figg began serving in her current role in December 2006 after nine years with Norton Healthcare. During her tenure, Norton Medical Group has grown to nearly 140 practice sites that employ more than 550 primary care, urgent care and specialty care providers.

Figg has more than 20 years of experience in health care, having worked in private practice and for other Kentucky hospital and clinic systems before joining Norton Healthcare. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Louisville and a Master of Arts degree in health services management from Webster University, Jeffersonville, Ind. She is a member of the American Medical Group Association, Medical Group Management Association, Medical Group Strategy Council of the Advisory Board Co. and the Kentucky Medical Group Management Association. Figg is an alumna of Leadership Louisville class of 2007 and sits on the boards of the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky and Habitat for Humanity.


John D. Harryman

Chief Administrative Officer, Norton Brownsboro Hospital

John D. Harryman began his current role on May 1, 2012. Previously, he served as president of Norton Suburban Hospital since Sept. 1, 1998, when Norton Healthcare acquired the hospital. His career prior to joining Norton Healthcare included serving in the positions of executive director of the Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda, Fla., president and chief executive officer of Columbia Suburban Hospital, and president and chief executive officer of The Women’s Hospital in Indianapolis (formerly Humana Women’s Hospital).

Harryman earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Princeton University and a master’s degree in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is active in local and state professional groups, including the Healthservice Council of Metropolitan Louisville, the Consortium for Health Care Professionals and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. His volunteer interests have included involvement with the Lincoln Heritage Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the March of Dimes and Maryhurst.


Charlotte Ipsan, RNC, MSN, NNP-BC

Chief Administrative Officer, Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital

Charlotte Ipsan began her current role on May 1, 2012, and in it leads the creation of the first women’s and children’s facility in the Louisville area. In November 2009, Ipsan was named vice president of Kosair Children’s Medical Center – Brownsboro, the first pediatric outpatient medical center in Kentucky. In January 2011, she was promoted to system vice president of Pediatric Services for Norton Healthcare and Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Ipsan has more than 26 years of experience in maternal and pediatric health care. She worked in several roles at Kosair Children’s Hospital, Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Suburban Hospital, including staff nurse, nurse manager of a neonatal intensive care unit and director of women’s services.

Ipsan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Indiana University and a master’s degree in nursing/neonatal nurse practitioner tract from the University of Louisville. She is pursuing her doctoral degree.

Ipsan was appointed by the American Hospital Association to be its representative to the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Hospital Care for the 2012 to 2014 term. She has served as course director of the neonatal nurse practitioner tract in the University of Louisville Graduate School of Nursing and as manager of the advanced neonatal nurse practitioner team at the U of L Department of Pediatrics. Ipsan was named the 2011 U of L School of Nursing’s Alumna of the Year and is a member of the Kentucky Leadership class of 2011.


Kevin S. Wardell

Chief Administrative Officer, Norton Cancer Institute

Kevin S. Wardell began his current role on Jan. 1, 2014, after serving as president of Norton Hospital since joining Norton Healthcare in 2003. Prior to that, Wardell served as executive vice president at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He also served in a variety of senior executive positions with Advocate Health Care and Lutheran General Hospital, Chicago; Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio; and Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, Utah. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a Master of Science degree in administration from the University of California, Irvine. He also holds a master’s degree in health administration from Duke University in Durham, N.C.

Wardell has served on the boards of many health care industry, service and professional organizations. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, previously served that organization as regent and currently serves on the Kentucky chapter’s board of directors. Wardell also serves on the boards of the Kentucky Hospital Association, Jefferson Community and Technical College, the Kentucky-Indiana Exchange and Leadership Louisville.


Michael Esposito

Vice President, Business Development, and System Executive, Service Line Operations

Michael Esposito was promoted to his current role in 2008 after serving as vice president for cardiovascular services since May 1999. Most recently he was responsible for the development and growth of Norton Healthcare’s affiliate hospital network, as well as the newly formed Regional Health Network of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, a collaborative effort between Norton Healthcare and LifePoint Hospitals Inc.

In his current role, Esposito works to ensure enhanced coordination among key service lines and growth in primary and secondary markets. His background includes more than 25 years in various capacities of clinical and operational leadership, strategic growth initiatives and service line development. Prior to joining Norton Healthcare, he served as executive director of the Heart Hospital of Lancaster at St. Joseph in Lancaster, Pa. He received the "President's Award" in 1998 for his leadership and efforts associated with service line development and strategic planning efforts that led to the development of the Heart Hospital.

Esposito earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business Administration degree from Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga.


Scott Watkins

System Vice President and Division Chief Operating Officer

Scott Watkins began his current role in April 2012 after serving as vice president of Operations and system executive director of Outpatient Services. He has held various positions with Norton Healthcare since 1998.

Watkins began his professional career in 1992 with Eskew & Gresham in Louisville. After earning his certified public accountant (CPA) designation in 1995, he moved to Nashville, Tenn., to work for Columbia/HCA, then the largest hospital company in the United States.

In 1998, Watkins returned to Louisville to work for Norton Audubon Hospital, which Norton Healthcare had just acquired from Columbia/HCA. He served there as director of Finance until 2000, when he was promoted to associate vice president of Finance/Operations for the facility. In 2001, Watkins transferred to Norton Suburban Hospital and served as associate vice president of Operations until 2004.

Watkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Louisville and a Master of Business Administration degree from Bellarmine University in Louisville. He is licensed as a CPA in the commonwealth of Kentucky.

A native of Oldham County, Ky., Watkins serves as a board member for the Christian Academy of Louisville, Kentucky Derby Festival and the Jefferson Community and Technical College Foundation. He is an elder at Northeast Christian Church in Louisville.


Dana Allen

System Vice President of Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer

Dana Allen, who joined Norton Healthcare in 2008, has direct responsibility for key branding initiatives for Norton Healthcare, including Kosair Children's Hospital. She oversees a department responsible for service line, physician and system marketing; creative design services; and digital marketing, including Web, mobile and social media.

Allen began her career at Brown-Forman Corp. in Louisville, gaining valuable experience in sales, finance and management before spending the majority of her 20-plus-year career there in marketing.

A Louisville native, Allen attended the University of Mississippi and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Louisville and a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus in marketing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Her leadership development activities include the Brown-Forman Leaders Camp, Bingham Fellows, Leadership Louisville and Darden Leadership, University of Virginia. She is an alumna and past board member of Presentation Academy, and she currently serves on the boards of the Catholic Education Foundation and Nativity Academy in Louisville.


Robert B. Azar

System Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Before joining Norton Healthcare, Robert Azar was vice president and general counsel for Alegent Health in Omaha, Neb., the largest health care system and largest private employer in the state. Azar's overall responsibilities included the legal and regulatory affairs of the organization and its affiliates, including compliance, governance, managed care, risk financing, risk management and legal services. Before Alegent Health, Azar was vice president and general counsel for Immanuel Healthcare Systems in Omaha, where he performed similar responsibilities while also playing a key role in the merger of Immanuel and Bergan Mercy Health System, which became Alegent Health.

Azar has a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Southern California. He earned law and Master of Health Administration degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. He grew up in the Los Angeles area.


Mary Jo Bean

System Vice President, Planning and Business Analysis

Mary Jo Bean joined Norton Healthcare in August 1999. She built the Strategic and Business Planning Department from the ground up and is responsible for all strategic planning projects, including the systemwide strategic plan, certificate of need applications, service line strategic and capital planning, external data surveys, management engineering and productivity reporting, the decision support system and the master customer information file, which consolidates all internal data sources and cross references for marketing and downstream reporting. In addition, her department is responsible for all business transaction work for Norton Healthcare, including potential joint venture relationships, acquisitions and divestitures.

Prior to joining Norton Healthcare, Bean worked for Humana in the area of venture capital. She also worked with two health care-related startup ventures, including a physician service organization, MTS Inc., and a physician credentialing company, Aperture Credentialing Inc., from 1997 to 1999. Before that, she worked for United Healthcare and a startup physician practice management company, HealthSpring, Reston, Va., where she was involved in company organization, accounting systems setup and administration, and several developmental activities. Bean spent a year working on the integration of HealthSpring as well as MetraHealth (an organization formed from the merger of MetLife and Travelers Health Insurance companies). She began her career in health care in 1989 at Humana in Louisville, working in strategic planning and later in mergers and acquisitions.

Bean earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Louisville. She worked for four years in public accounting with Ernst & Whinney and obtained her CPA license while working there.


C. Anthony Bohn

System Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer

Tony Bohn was promoted to his current role in early 2010 after joining Norton Healthcare as vice president, Human Resources, in March 2009. Bohn has more than 20 years of human resources leadership experience in the health care field. He previously served as a vice president at Baptist Hospital East, where his responsibilities included human resources, employee health, leadership training and development, payroll, workers' compensation, employee development, labor relations and foundation functions. Before that, Bohn was director of human resources for University of Louisville Hospital; vice president for human resources at Saint Joseph HealthCare Inc. in Lexington; assistant vice president, human resources, for Audubon Hospital when it was owned by a for-profit company; director, ambulatory surgery center, and manager of human resources for Caritas Health Services in Louisville; and associate director of human resources for University of Louisville Hospital.

Bohn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Bellarmine University in Louisville and a Master of Arts degree in human resources development from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. Bohn has served as chair of the American Red Cross Blood Services River Valley Region board of directors and on the Bellarmine University board of overseers and alumni board. He was named the 2004 HR Professional of the Year by the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management.


Mary Michael Corbett

System Vice President of Health Policy and Government Relations

Mary Michael Corbett joined Norton Healthcare in December 2008 and leads the organization’s efforts to develop and implement health and public policy initiatives. She serves as Norton Healthcare’s primary liaison with the executive and legislative branches of federal, state and local governments. Corbett’s experience includes 20 years as the chief marketing officer for two of the largest law firms in the Midwest. Prior to that, she worked in the executive branch of state government for eight years with former Kentucky governor Martha Layne Collins, and served as Collins’ legislative liaison during her term as lieutenant governor. Corbett began her career in the radio and cable television industry. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro.

Corbett is a member of the American Hospital Association, Government Relations Officers Network; Children's Hospital Association, Advocacy Communications Advisory Task Force and the Policy Analysis Advisory Group; Premier Federal Affairs Network; Academy for Healthcare Management, Government Relations Officers Network; Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access, Government Relations Committee; National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems; Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Competitiveness Council; Greater Louisville Inc., Health Care Advisory Committee; and Health Enterprises Network, Government Affairs Committee. She is a member and past chair of the board of directors of Delta Dental of Kentucky and a corporate member of Renaissance Health Service Corp.

Corbett's community service includes the Executive Committee of Leadership Kentucky, chair of the Clifton Center's Nominating and Board Development Committee and membership in the Downtown Rotary Club of Louisville and the Louisville Forum. She is the recipient of the Jack Paxton Award from Leadership Kentucky.


Thomas Johnson

System Vice President of Public Relations and Chief Communications Officer

Thomas Johnson leads the strategy development, planning and implementation for all public relations, media relations and systemwide internal communications for Norton Healthcare. He moved to Louisville to join Norton Healthcare in June 2011, bringing 30 years of experience in employee communications, public and media relations, Web-based communications and crisis response to this relatively new position. Johnson's background includes lead communications roles across several industries, including insurance, automotive, financial services, pharmaceutical and health care.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Eastern University, both in the Philadelphia area.

Although new to Louisville, Johnson is already finding ways to continue the record of community service he established in his hometown. He has done volunteer communications consulting for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana and is pursuing opportunities to take on a more substantive support role with that organization.


Lynnie Meyer, MSN, R.N., CFRE

System Vice President, Women's and Children's Community Partnerships, and Chief Development Officer

Lynnie Meyer, MSN, R.N., CFRE, oversees the external affairs of the Women’s and Children’s Division of Norton Healthcare, aligning retail partners, physician ambassadors, volunteer programs and services. She also serves as chief development officer, a position she has held since 2004. In that role, Meyer leads the operations of the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Norton Healthcare Foundation. The foundations support the needs of Kosair Children’s Hospital and the adult-service hospitals of Norton Healthcare. Under her leadership, in 2013 the foundations generated more than $21 million in support of Norton Healthcare’s mission.

Prior to joining Norton Healthcare, Meyer served as president and CEO of The Center for Women and Families in Louisville, where she successfully led a $12.5 million fundraising campaign. While in this role, the center won the Annie E. Casey Foundation Families Count Award and secured a prestigious Kresge Foundation Challenge grant. Meyer has held positions with Caritas Health Services, U of L Hospital, Caretenders and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Meyer holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing administration from Bellarmine University in Louisville. She recently completed course requirements for a doctoral degree in leadership education from Spalding University in Louisville and is completing a dissertation on the role of the registered nurse in advancing a culture of philanthropy with grateful patients and families. She is a graduate of Leadership Louisville, Bingham Fellows and Leadership Kentucky, and is a certified fundraising professional by CFRE International. 

In 2008, Meyer was selected as one of 20 nurses in the nation to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program, an advanced leadership experience for nurses in senior executive roles. She has been inducted into the Bellarmine University Gallery of Distinguished Graduates, named a Business First “Forty Under 40” honoree and named by the Shakertown Roundtable as one of 40 Kentucky Leaders for the New Century. Meyer has received numerous awards, including the Center for Nonprofit Excellence Art of Leadership Award, the National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award and the Presentation Academy Tower Award.


Rev. Ronald C. Oliver, Ph.D., BCC

System Vice President, Mission and Outreach

The Rev. Ronald C. Oliver, Ph.D., BCC, has served in his current role since November 2009. He began his career with Norton Healthcare as a chaplain resident in 1989 and became a staff chaplain for the pediatric intensive care unit at Kosair Children’s Hospital in 1992. He was named director of Norton Healthcare’s Pastoral Care Department in 2002 and subsequently was promoted to division director, then associate vice president of the department.

Oliver is a frequent speaker on grief, theodicy and self-care and has published several peer-reviewed articles. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. His doctoral dissertation, “Effects of an Acute Traumatic Crisis on Faith,” is the basis for the Kosair Children’s Hospital Bereavement Intervention Program.

Oliver is endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He is a board-certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains and serves on the group’s board of directors.


Steve Ready

System Vice President and Chief Information Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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