Tongate Receives THA Small and Rural Leadership Award

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Scott Tongate, chief financial officer at Rural Community Hospitals of America, recently received the Tennessee Hospital Association’s (THA) 2015 Small and Rural Leadership Award in recognition of his service to rural healthcare in Tennessee.

The award was presented during the recent THA Small and Rural Hospital Conference.

“Scott is an outstanding rural healthcare representative and strong advocate on behalf of rural and critical access hospitals,” said Craig A. Becker, THA president and CEO.

“He has been a great champion of THA’s rural health efforts across the state and the communities in which he has worked. He also has been a major supporter of THA throughout his career.”

Bill Jolley, THA vice president for small and rural services, stated, “Scott is a great leader for the small and rural constituency and understands the difficult issues rural hospitals face every day.”

Tongate currently serves as the chair of the THA Small and Rural Constituency and represents these hospitals on the THA board of directors. He also is a member of the Tennessee Rural Partnership board of directors and previously served on the Rural Health Association of Tennessee’s board of directors.

Previously, Tongate was CEO at Lauderdale Community Hospital in Ripley, Tenn., assistant administrator at Riverview Regional Medical Center in Carthage, Tenn., and administrator at Carthage General Hospital.

The Tennessee Hospital Association was founded in 1938 to serve as an advocate for hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations across the state. The initiatives of THA support the work of Tennessee’s hospitals to ensure efficient, high quality care for the patients and communities they serve.