President and Chief Executive Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care
Jason Little is Baptist Memorial Health Care’s president and CEO. He is the fifth president in Baptist’s history, and under his leadership Baptist has grown from a 14-hospital system to a 22-hospital, $3.5 billion integrated health care system. Little received his bachelor’s degree in health administration from the University of Tennessee, where he received the prestigious Whittle Scholarship and was elected student body president. He earned master’s degrees in business administration and health care administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He came to Baptist in 2002 after serving as an operations administrator at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2011, Little received the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Early Career Healthcare Executive Award. He serves on boards of the Greater Memphis Chamber, Memphis Tomorrow, the New Memphis Institute, the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Mississippi Hospital Association, and the Healthcare Institute.
William Courtney (Bill) from Memphis, TN has been married to his wife Lisa for 30 years and is the father of four children, Maggie (27), Molly (26), Will (25), and Max (24).
Bill is the founder and CEO of Classic American Hardwoods, Inc. a hardwood lumber company with a 50-acre manufacturing facility in Memphis, Tennessee; four sales offices in the US; one in Shanghai, China; and one in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. His 2001 startup company now boasts 125 employees and over $80 Million in annual sales. His company has received numerous accolades including Business of the Year awards, the United States EXIM banks’ US Exporter of the Year award and was recently honored as being one of Memphis’s fastest growing companies in 2021.
In 1991, Bill graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Psychology. While at Ole Miss, he served as the Lieutenant Commander of Sigma Nu and was active in Psi Chi and Sigma Tau Delta. He was a featured columnist for the Daily Mississippian and the recipient of the first annual Chi Omega service award for Outstanding Community Involvement. Additionally, he was one of the founders of the Sigma Nu Charity Bowl which has now grown to be the largest Greek philanthropy project in the US.
Bill was the subject of the Academy Award winning film, Undefeated, a globally heralded documentary about his work as the volunteer football coach at Memphis’ Manassas High School. He is the author of Against the Grain, a nationally best-selling manifesto covering leadership, character, commitment, and other life defining tenets. He has appeared on numerous outlets such as Fox News, CNN, News Max, ESPN, as well as countless TV and radio shows discussing civility and leadership in today’s trying times.
Bill is currently an executive producer on two films in production, is working on his second book, has been the voice of EA Sports’ Madden Football game, serves on the Boards of Directors for numerous organizations and businesses, and continues to run the day-to-day operations at Classic American Hardwoods, Inc.
Bill is a sought after, nationally recognized speaker keynoting at venues across the country such as Nike, Fed Ex, Frito Lay, Firestone, St Jude, The US Olympics, and other highly recognized organizations.
Paul DePriest, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care
Dr. Paul DePriest received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, subsequently completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in gynecological oncology. During his twenty-five year academic tenure at the University of Kentucky, he served as medical director of operating rooms, associate chief of staff and vice chair/interim chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology. He earned a master’s degree in health care management from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005. He was appointed chief medical officer-senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Kentucky in 2007. He served in that role until June of 2012 when he joined Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis, Tennessee, serving as a senior vice president and chief medical officer for the system. In 2014, Dr. DePriest assumed the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer, becoming the first physician to serve in this role for Baptist.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care
Bill Griffin received his Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi in 1982. He then began his career in public accounting, working 11 years with top accounting firms Arthur Andersen and KPMG Peat Marwick. In 1993, he joined Baptist Memorial Health Care and has served as the chief financial officer for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, chief financial officer for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis and corporate system director of finance. In 2000, Griffin was promoted to vice president of corporate finance and also served as corporate privacy and security officer. He was promoted to EVP/CFO in December 2015. He is a certified public accountant, a chartered global management accountant, a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and an HFMA-certified healthcare financial professional.
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Baptist Memorial Health Care
Zach Chandler serves as Baptist Memorial Health Care’s executive vice president and chief strategy officer. After completing his Frank Groner administrative fellowship at Baptist, Chandler held several leadership roles within the organization, including serving as CEO and administrator at four Baptist Memorial hospitals. Before being promoted to his current role, he served as vice president and head of metro-Memphis operations, and, prior to that, vice president and head of regional operations. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Baylor University and a master's degree in health administration from Washington University. In addition to his leadership roles at Baptist, he spent two years as president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas. The American College of Healthcare Executives has honored Chandler with its Early Career Healthcare Executive Award.
Vice President of the West Tennessee Market and Hospital and Affiliate Integration Baptist Memorial Health Care
As vice president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care’s West Tennessee market, Derick Ziegler oversees all Baptist hospital operations in West Tennessee. As vice president for hospital and affiliate integration, Ziegler oversees all hospital and/or affiliate merger and acquisition activities. He also serves as the executive sponsor for Baptist’s telehealth program, which includes the Enterprise Placement Center, Centralized Patient Transport and Dispatch Center, TeleGuardian e-ICU and the TeleConsult hub. Prior to taking on this role, Ziegler spent three years as the vice president and CEO of Baptist’s regional market and four years and two years respectively, as CEO and administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City. Before working with Baptist, Ziegler spent 23 years in the army as a health care administrator, where he retired as a colonel. Ziegler is a past president of Mid-South Health Care Executives.
Betty Sue McGarvey
President of Baptist Health Science University
Dr. Betty Sue McGarvey serves as the president of Baptist Health Sciences University which serves as the primary educational entity to fulfill Baptist’s mission of healing, preaching, and teaching. Dr. McGarvey is a registered nurse and began her nursing career after graduating from the Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. Her primary clinical areas of practice include emergency and cardiovascular nursing.
She has served in various educational and administrative roles throughout her nursing and educational career as a Baptist team member for over 45 years. She loves the opportunities to interact with and serve the students, faculty and staff of the university. Dr. McGarvey is active in several community and state organizations, primarily supporting education initiatives.
Dr. Keith Norman
Vice President, Chief Government Affairs & Chief Community Relations Officer
Dr. Keith Norman serves as senior pastor of The First Baptist Church Broad Avenue and as vice president, chief government affairs and community relations officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care. He synthesizes both of these ministries daily in pursuit of fulfilling his purpose in Christ.
In his health care capacity, Dr. Norman serves on the local chapter of The National Association of Health Service Executives and as a national trustee of NAACP Health Advisory Board advocating for both in the arena of public health policy.
Dr. Norman is the immediate past president of the Memphis NAACP chapter and serves on the NAACP National Board of Trustees. He also served as the Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman during the election of President Barack Obama.
Dr. Norman has been inducted into the Morehouse College Institute of Great Preachers as a highly acclaimed Theologian. He has several additional educational designations from Harvard School of Divinity, The Wharton School of Business and an earned doctorate from Memphis Theological Seminary. Dr. Norman is also an Oxford University Scholar, having completed studies of Sacred Biblical Text.
Vice President-Mississippi Operations Baptist Memorial Health Care
Chris Anderson serves as the market leader for Mississippi operations for Baptist Memorial Health Care, which includes responsibility for nine hospitals in central and northern Mississippi. In its Mississippi division, Baptist has over $1 billion in net revenues and approximately 6,000 employees. From March 2014 to April 2017, Anderson served as the president and chief executive officer of Mississippi Baptist Health Systems. As president of MBHS, Anderson was responsible for all operations of MBHS and subsidiaries. Anderson served as a health system CEO from 1998 to 2017 and has worked in health care for over 35 years.
Anderson is a graduate of Mississippi State University, a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1986. He has served in numerous professional and civic organizations, including current service on the board of directors of the USA International Ballet Competition, board of directors of the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Mississippi Economic Council.
System Director of Learning and Engagement, Baptist Memorial Health Care
Holly Turner holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee as well as a Master of Health Administration from the University of Memphis. She began her career with Baptist as an administrative intern in 2003 through the University of Memphis graduate assistant program. In 2005, she was hired as a human resources representative at Baptist Memphis. Starting in 2008, she served for seven years as the human resources manager for Baptist Memphis. She transferred to Baptist’s corporate office in 2015 as human resources director. In 2018 Turner became the system director of human resources for the West Tennessee and East Arkansas markets, during which time she continued to provide strategic and operational human resources support for the corporate office, the physician revenue cycle, Baptist Restorative Care Hospital, Baptist Cancer Center, Medical Financial Services Incorporated, and the Baptist College of Health Sciences. In 2021, Turner returned to Baptist Memphis as human resources director. She was promoted to system director of learning and engagement in 2022. She holds senior-level certifications through both the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resources Management.