Tim Belisle will serve as general counsel of Ballad Health. State Sen. Rusty Crowe, R-Johnson City, sponsored the legislation making the COPA possible. With more than 25 years of hospital operations experience, Levine has served as CEO of hospitals and health systems ranging from a small rural hospital to one of the largest public systems in America. Gary Miller will serve as COPA compliance officer of Ballad Health. Click here for a special offer. © 2021 www.tennessean.com. But the protestors and some local health care professionals disagree. The merger included 21 not-for-profit hospitals spread over 21 counties in Tennessee and Virginia. It also requires ongoing state supervision. Throughout her leadership career, Chill has been recognized for quality improvement, customer and employee satisfaction, physician recruitment and integration, strong fiscal management, productivity enhancement and revenue growth. See David Sensibaugh's photo here. Prior to joining ISHN, Sensibaugh was the director of integrated health at Eastman Chemical Company. “This merger, … All rights reserved. Prior to his government service, he worked for organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Ochsner Clinic New Orleans and St. Thomas Health Services, a community clinic also located in New Orleans. Before joining Wellmont, Miller was in private practice in the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee. None have granted a COPA the size and scope of Ballad's. Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System merged to form Ballad Health. He also graduated from the physician’s executive MBA program at the University of Tennessee. See Lynn Krutak's photo here. See Martha Chill's photo here. Prior to this role, Smithgall was the vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer of Holston Valley Medical Center. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Eric Deaton will serve as vice president of market operations for Ballad Health. McLaurin and his wife, Debi, are members of the Kingsport Christ Fellowship Church. “This merger would not have been possible without tremendous support from our local business community, physicians, team members and community leaders who are passionate about preserving local healthcare during a time when community hospitals are being absorbed by large national health systems,” said Alan Levine, executive chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ballad Health. Ballad is planning to downgrade a NICU and trauma center in Kingsport, diverting the sickest and most critically injured patients elsewhere. At the time of the acquisition, she was chief financial officer at Johnson City Specialty Hospital. He was chairman of the 2011 Kingsport FunFest, chairman of the 2011 of the Greater Kingsport United Way campaign and chairman of the 2013 board chairman of the Kingsport Chamber (now known as the Kingsport Chamber Foundation). Prior to his role at Ballad Health, Levine was the president and CEO of Mountain States Health Alliance. We are all in this together.”. Team members will receive new badges bearing the Ballad Health logo on Friday, but few other changes will be visible to patients immediately. He has also sat on the boards of many community organizations in South Central Virginia. The members were approved unanimously by the boards of directors of Mountain States Health Alliance and … Crowe served as a paid consultant to Mountain States Health Alliance when he brought the legislation. David Sensibaugh will serve as interim vice president of human resources for Ballad Health. Miller has been a board member of Ashley Academy, board member and secretary of the National Storytelling Association, member of the Executive Committee of the board of directors of the National Center for Quality, an ACE consultant to the Senior Corps of Retired Executives, member of the Executive Council of the Radford University Alumni Association and member of the board of directors of the New River Valley Legal Aid Corp. Lynn Krutak will serve as chief financial officer of Ballad Health. See Paige Carter's photo here. He has helped pioneer the clinical use of cardiac CT, cardiac MRI and cardiac positron emission topography (PET) in the Tri-Cities area and in addition has a busy clinical practice. Alternatives to the Mountain States proposal would have led to higher pricing, loss of local governance, and nearly 1,000 lost jobs. In the past 35 years, McLaurin has held executive positions in hospitals in Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Tennessee. Both agencies granted approval for merger to form Ballad Health in 2018. A four-year journey for healthcare in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia formally reached a conclusion right before the weekend in Kingsport. TENNESSEE and VIRGINIA – The boards of directors of Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System have voted unanimously to approve the final terms that will govern their merger, forming a new health system to serve the 1.2 million residents of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Smithgall was a recipient of the Tennessee Hospital Association’s Meritorious Service Award for Executive Staff in 2010, The Women’s Economic Council Foundation “E” Award for Economic Excellence and Equality in 2009, The Business Journal Health Care Hero Award in 2009, and the YWCA Tribute to Women Award in 2009. Ballad Health, the new regional monopoly formed by the merger of Mountain State and Wellmont, says that streamlining and consolidating services will make health care more efficient and ultimately improve quality of care. The transaction creating the new organization, named Ballad Health, officially became effective at 12:01 a.m. Feb. 1, 2018. We’re investing in health research and medical education.And we need you!Ballad Health is seeking compassionate individuals who are excited about making a difference and caring for those in need.Search our job listings to find the right fit for your unique skills and experience. Keck was also president of the Mountain States Foundation. This is new, and we respect the challenge before us. He completed a bachelor’s degree in science education at Louisiana College and holds a master’s degree in hospital and healthcare administration from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Kilgore was also director of development for a national, publicly-held physician practice management company and as executive director of a large, regional multi-specialty practice. He holds a bachelor of business administration degree from East Tennessee State University, and juris doctor and master of business administration degrees from Wake Forest University. Ballad Health operates a family of 21 hospitals in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, including a dedicated … He received a bachelor’s degree in health sciences, a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in health sciences from the University of Florida, where he is recognized as a member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame. Ballad Health a reality following merger of MSHA, Wellmont. Prior to this role, Taylor served as vice president and chief executive officer for Mountain States Health Alliance’s southeast market, comprising Sycamore Shoals, Johnson County and Unicoi County hospitals. Ballad Health announced plans to close four urgent care clinics — in Johnson City, Abingdon, Kingsport and Greeneville — over the coming months, noting that … JOHNSON CITY AND KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The proposed merger between Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System reached an important milestone on Tuesday with approval of the systems’ Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) application by Tennessee officials. In addition to her role at Ballad Health, Smithgall serves as the adjunct faculty at ETSU and co-director of the ETSU/Holston Valley Medical Center Accelerated BSN Program in Kingsport, initiated in 2016. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, her Master of Science in nursing degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her Philosophy of Science in nursing degree from ETSU. The legislation authorized the issuance of a certificate of public advantage (COPA) in Tennessee and a cooperative agreement in Virginia, and represents the first transaction of its kind to involve approval and supervision from two states. As a lifelong member of the Elizabethton community, Taylor is passionate about the region and about working with other community leaders on ways to grow and improve the community. Our system was created in 2018 to improve the health of people in these regions, and we have committed investments totaling $308 million over 10 years to preserve access, expand health research and graduate medical education, and address some of the region’s most pressing health issues. The Ballad COPA is overseen by the Tennessee Department of Health and state attorney general. Officials with the Federal Trade Commission opposed the merger on the grounds that a medical monopoly — giving patients no other alternatives — can limit patient choices, cut services, raise prices and diminish quality. He also previously served as chief financial officer of a private development company in Pensacola, Florida, and as a certified public accountant with Ernst and Young. They have four children now living in Mississippi, Texas, New York City and Johnson City. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Charities in Johnson City, Tennessee, Community Advisory Board Member for the Northeast Tennessee Nurse-Family Partnership Program, Community Advisory Board Member for the East Tennessee State University College of Nursing, and a Nursing Advisory Committee Member for the Walters State Community College Nursing program. Hickson also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, S.C., a 649-bed teaching hospital and trauma center operating under a Certificate of Public Advantage. She actively participates in regional community boards and advisory panels. Prior to joining Wellmont, Chill worked for Baptist Hospital West/Baptist Hospital for Women in Knoxville. The Bristol Chamber of Commerce in 2017 presented him with its Distinguished Leadership Award. Following her promotion to system vice president, Chill oversaw the implementation of Wellmont’s EPIC electronic health record. Prior to this role, Belisle served as the executive vice president of corporate compliance and general counsel for Mountain States Health Alliance. Steve Kilgore will serve as vice president of Ballad Health Medical Services. He also served as deputy chief of staff and senior health policy advisor to Florida Gov. Ballad Health merger leaves patients in rural Appalachia . He received his master’s degree from Milligan College and his a bachelor’s degree in business administration/economics from King College. Ballad Health, the newly formed hospital company, now functions as the only hospital system for the majority of residents — about 1.2 million people — in a geographic area the size of New Jersey. Keck lives in Bristol, Tennessee, and is married with two children. He then spent 10 years as the chief financial officer for Sycamore Shoals Hospital before becoming CEO in 2006. Check here for the latest information, visitor restrictions & FAQs. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Milligan College, teaching human resources management. SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM:  The Tennessean provides the in-depth reporting that shapes the region. A COPA Local Advisory Council also monitors the COPA. Krutak graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. He has served as a board member for the Hospital Alliance of Tennessee, the Elizabethton and Carter County Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the local Rotary Club and is a strong supporter of the United Way. During this time, Taylor led several key projects, including the planning and development of a new 35,000-square-foot medical office building, expansion of the emergency department, implementation of MRI services and the addition of geropsych services. He has served as adjunct professor of Hospital and Health Law at Appalachian State University and has written articles published in the Labor Law Journal, the Journal of Hospital & Health Services Administration, the Tennessee Bar Journal and the Tennessee Medicine Journal. Paige Carter is the chief compliance officer for Ballad Health. Find a photo of Eric Deaton here. He is a member of the Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina bar associations, and the American Health Lawyers Association. They have two adult children: Their son, Weston, is a sophomore at East Tennessee State University majoring in sports management and their daughter, Kirsten, is in graduate school at the University of Tennessee working on a degree in speech pathology. Lisa Smithgall will serve as chief nursing officer of Ballad Health. Since May 1, residents have staged a round-the-clock protest outside the hospital. Monty McLaurin will serve as president of Ballad Health’s northwest market, with oversight of Holston Valley Medical Center, Hawkins County Memorial Hospital, Hancock County Hospital, Indian Path Medical Center, Lonesome Pine Hospital, Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Norton Community Hospital, and Dickenson Community Hospital. Levine has been recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 30 Americans likely to have a powerful impact on health care in the next 30 years, and as an up-and-comer in the health care industry. View a photo of Gary Miller here. She also served in numerous financial roles at the hospital facilities. Jindal's senior health policy advisor. Blackwell joined the medical staff of Holston Valley Medical Center in the mid-1990s, bringing expertise in magnetic resonance imaging of the cardiovascular system. Greg is board-certified in healthcare administration, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a past recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Tennessee Regent’s Award for Young Executive of the Year. I believe we have selected the people who can execute on the promise of this merger.”. All rights reserved. Martha Chill will serve as chief information officer of Ballad Health. Chill has a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Spalding University and master’s degree in management of healthcare facilities from Central Michigan University. The Ballad Health merger is a prime example of how privatization and consolidation are leading to worse health services across the South. The new company is formed by the merger of Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health. He and his wife Marsha are proud former members of the band boosters at Elizabethton High School. The northeast operating division includes all operations in Abingdon, Marion and Lebanon Virginia, including Smyth County Community Hospital and Russell County Medical Center. Ballad Health is the product of a merger between the nonprofit hospitals Wellmont Health Systems and Mountain States Health Alliance, both based in … He served for three years on the board of governors of the American College of Cardiology and as president of the of the Tennessee chapter of the ACC. Dwayne Taylor will serve as president of Ballad Health’s southeast market, with oversight of Sycamore Shoals Hospital, Johnson County Community Hospital, and Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. Ballad Health’s merger between Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System is providing a public advantage. He is currently vice chair of the board for the Virginia Center for Health Innovation, a board member of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, and chair of the Government Relations committee of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Deaton has served in leadership roles in Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina for about two decades, providing vision and strategic thinking to help take organizations to the next level. Ballad was established about a year ago through the merger of two existing hospital systems in the region of the country where I live – Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System. The merger was made possible only by a change in Tennessee law to bypass FTC anti-monopoly rules. He also serves as an elder at Colonial Heights Christian Church. The State of Tennessee has issued a COPA or a Certificate of Public Advantage to Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System, formalizing a merger deal … See Steve Kilgore's photo here. “I was all for the merger. Ballad Health will continue supporting local health departments as requested, and will continue supplementing efforts by the Virginia Department of Health. She joined Mountain States in 1998 when Johnson City Medical Center purchased six facilities from Columbia/HCA. Ballad was formed in February 2018 from the former Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System, following years of review and ultimate approval by … Bobby Jindal's cabinet as secretary of Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals and as Gov. Virtual public hearing on Ballad Health, COPA yields just one citizen speaker | WJHL By [email protected] _84 on January 26, 2021 JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – In sharp contrast with the previous two years, the 2021 public hearing of the COPA Local Advisory Council (LAC) was a quiet event, with just one speaker. The COPA law requires that a hospital merger's benefits to the public must outweigh the cost of eliminating competition. He is active in civic affairs through service on the boards of multiple community service organizations. Sensibaugh currently serves as CEO of Integrated Solutions Health Network (ISHN), a regional health solutions company based in Johnson City, Tennessee, including approximately 2,000 physicians in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina. Kilgore has more than 30 years of health care experience in the areas of hospital/physician relations, development, physician practice acquisition, physician practice management, physician compensation and integrated delivery systems. In addition to his work with Ballad Health, Belisle is chairman of the Johnson City Board of Education and the Johnson City Public Building Authority. Nikki R. Haley and also served three years in the administration of Louisiana Gov. Deaton was on the boards of directors for the Virginia Board of Health, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association and Federation of American Hospitals. Under the terms of Ballad's COPA, the hospital system has agreed to invest $308 million in preventative public health measures, medical school education and other initiatives, and to suspend closure of any rural hospital for five years. He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases by the American Board of Medical Examiners. Before joining Mountain States, Keck served as the director of Health and Human Services for South Carolina during the first term of Gov. He serves on a number of healthcare-related boards, including the board of the Hospital-Owned Physician Practice Executives of Tennessee and the Friends in Need Health Center, Inc. of Kingsport, Tennessee. She has also served at Covenant Health and at Humana Hospitals in Louisville, Kentucky. JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. and KINGSPORT , Tenn. – Eleven regional leaders with expertise in business, healthcare, education and community development have been selected to serve on the inaugural Ballad Health board of directors when the new health system officially launches in early 2018. View a photo of Dwayne Taylor here. The final vote marks the end of a nearly four-year merger process that began when Mountain States responded to a request for proposals from Wellmont inviting health systems to outline potential partnerships. In February 2018, the executive board members of Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health Systems unanimously voted to approve the merger that created Ballad. She is involved with several professional and community groups, including the American College of Healthcare Executives and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. You'll find a photo of Alan Levine here. In 2000, he received the Meritorious Service Award for an Executive Staff member from the Tennessee Hospital Association, and also is a recipient of the Health Care Heroes Award. That’s according to the Tennessee Department of Health from a statement in a news release from Ballad Health. Before her career in healthcare, Krutak served in a lead finance position for a top 50 privately held company in Atlanta. They also have two adult children, Brantley and Clayton. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree in finance from Milligan College. Coronavirus / COVID-19 Check here for the latest information, visitor restrictions & FAQs. See a photo of Lisa Smithgall here. Prior to this role, Carter served as the director of audit and compliance services for Mountain States Health Alliance. The merger’s charity care policy only requires Ballad to adopt a policy identical to or more beneficial than Mountain States and Wellmont Health System’s previous policies. The Wellmont board selected the proposal from Mountain States because of its unique vision to create a health improvement organization, limit health care pricing growth, maintain local governance, and invest in the region. He has also held the title of market president for LifePoint Hospitals, where he directed the collective operations of Danville Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville, both in South Central Virginia. Hickson began his career as an administrative resident at Novant Health in Charlotte, N.C. During Hickson’s tenure at Johnston Memorial Hospital, the hospital received recognition from independent national organizations, including Healthgrades and Consumer Reports, for patient safety and infection prevention. He remains a paid consultant to Ballad Health. A COPA "compliance monitor" was appointed to oversee the COPA as well. He serves as chair of research and academic excellence and has served as chair of Audit and Compliance. Before her role as chief financial officer for the health system, Krutak was serving as both the corporate CFO for Mountain States and CFO for the system’s wholly owned for-profit subsidiary, Blue Ridge Medical Management. Feb 3, 2018 Ballad Health celebrated its official launch Friday after the boards of both Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health Systems authorized final approval of the merger. ; associate administrator of Trident Medical Center in Charleston, S.C.; and as a strategic planner for HCA. Carter has spent the majority of her career in the audit and compliance field and is a certified internal auditor, certified fraud examiner, and certified in healthcare compliance. Prior to her role at Ballad Health, Chill served as chief information officer for Wellmont Health System, with oversight for the system’s knowledge and technology services, including all software, hardware, data management and electronic medical record. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. For most people in the region, Ballad hospitals are the only option for inpatient care. Keck is the former senior vice president and chief development officer for Mountain States Health Alliance. He quickly developed national prominence in computerized tomography (CT) angiography of the heart. Prior to his current role, Dr. Blackwell served as president of the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, which was repeatedly ranked among the elite in the nation for its delivery of superior, expert care. The newly formed hospital system operates 21 hospitals in southwest Virginia, northeast Tennessee and parts of Kentucky and North Carolina. Health Details: Ballad Health is the only hospital provider for more than a million people in four states thanks to a law allowing two hospital systems to merge. During his tenure, Danville Regional opened seven new clinics, recruited 50 physicians to the community and increased primary care opportunities, which reduced non-acute emergency department visits. Patient care in all sites will proceed as normal. COVID consequences result in suspension of numerous merger-related state requirements. Previously, Deaton was Wellmont Health System’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. In 2017, he earned admittance to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. Ballad Health partners with the Appalachian School of Law and Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business to help those in need get legal assistance ... read more about Ballad Health, Appalachian School of Law and Virginia Tech create Medical-Legal Partnership. A certificate of public advantage is legal mechanism for states to approve mergers that reduce or eliminate competition in return for commitments to provide a public benefit and control health care costs. Prior to this role, Kilgore served as senior vice president of retail, outpatient and ambulatory services for Mountain States Health Alliance. Jeb Bush prior to his appointment by Gov. — Even Ballad Health’s most ardent supporters are frustrated with the health care system’s seeming failure to respond to concerns about patient care. Taylor joined Mountain States in 1990, first serving the system as a staff accountant. He will return to his role as CEO of ISHN after his interim position in Ballad Health human resources is complete. Prior to her role at Ballad Health, Krutak served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Mountain States Health Alliance, with responsibility for the direction and oversight of the health system's financial operations. Levine currently serves on the board of governors of the State University System of Florida, the governing body of Florida’s 12 state universities. The proposed merger of Wellmont and Mountain States drew broad support from employers and business leaders, the region’s chambers of commerce, local governments and the legislative delegation. He has also been on the Tennessee Hospital Association task forces on HIPAA compliance and unusual events reporting. He was also president and chief executive officer of Blue Ridge Medical Management Corporation, a for-profit, wholly-owned subsidiary of Mountain States. It is the largest COPA-governed merger in the country to date. Keck was active in establishing the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum after Hurricane Katrina, served on the board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education and the Executive Committee of the National Academy for State Health Policy. A formal launch will be held on Friday, Feb. 2. The law required approval from the Tennessee Department of Health and the state attorney general. In addition to her work at Ballad Health, Carter serves on the audit committee for Washington County, Tennessee. We’re making communities healthier. In that role, he was responsible for marketing and sales, strategic planning, government affairs, and the system's accountable care organization (ACO). Stan Hickson will serve as president of Ballad Health’s southwest market, with oversight of Johnson City Medical Center, Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital, and Niswonger Children’s Hospital. ETSU senior Courtney Fletcher and Dean of the College of Nursing Dr. Wendy Nehring discuss the Ballad Health Merger between Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health … He oversaw the provision of legal services, audit and compliance services, risk management, corporate contracting and insurance services to all of Mountain States. Copyright ©2019 Ballad Health. Together, we are transforming our region. ... read more about With Changes in State of Tennessee Vaccination Program, Ballad Health to Cease New Vaccinations for the Public in Tennessee. “As we spent the last year evaluating the team, it became clear that we have some of the most talented people you can find in any health system. View a photo of Anthony Keck here. Ballad Health is the product of a merger between the nonprofit hospitals Wellmont Health Systems and Mountain States Health Alliance, both based in Johnson City, Tennessee. We’re expanding access to critical services in rural areas. He also served as chief operating officer of Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg, Virginia. Prior to joining Mountain States, he was employed by Covenant Health/Fort Sanders Health System in Knoxville, Tennessee, for 14 years, holding various positions including executive vice president/non-hospital operations and executive vice president/chief financial officer. Leaders named for top positions in new health system. Belisle was also a partner in private practice with the Johnson City law firm of Anderson, Fugate, Givens & Belisle, specializing in health law, corporate and commercial matters, and general litigation. A digital subscription gives you unlimited access to news that matters. 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