Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

THA is proudly committed to addressing inequality in the healthcare system in our state. Addressing lack of diversity and the existence of health disparities in our nation is a challenge, but not an insurmountable one. It requires everyone working together to address these issues because we can all be part of the solution. At THA we believe we are all better together.

Tennessee Hospital Association’s Council on Inclusion and Health Equity promotes equity of care and the elimination of health care disparities. The Council advocates strategies to help members develop culturally competent leaders and staff to improve health outcomes in the communities they serve.



Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Regional One Health


Elizabeth ApplingChief Diversity OfficerErlanger Health SystemChattanooga
Missy ArwoodSystem Director, Quality & AccreditationBaptist Memorial Health Care CorporationMemphis
Miles Asafo-AdjeiDirector, Diversity, Equity and InclusionHCA/TriStar Health SystemNashville
Rose BaileyDirector, Diversity, Health Equity & Operational ExcellenceWest Tennessee HealthcareJackson
John BaldwinChief Operating OfficerTriStar Southern Hills Medical CenterNashville
Levi BensonClinical Business Development OfficerWilliamson Medical CenterFranklin
Cindy BergmeierChief Executive OfficerTriStar Horizon Medical CenterDickson
Kathy BoydSVP and Chief Philanthropy & Equity OfficerUniversity of Tennessee Medical CenterKnoxville
Keith CampbellChief Medical OfficerTriStar Hendersonville Medical CenterHendersonville
Cynthia FigaroQuality and Safety CoordinatorAscension Saint Thomas Midtown HospitalNashville
Elisa FriedmanAssociate VP for Health EquityVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashville
Betsy KammerdienerMarket Director, Mission IntegrationCHI Memorial Hospital-ChattanoogaChattanooga
Harvey MasonChief Quality OfficerBaptist Memorial Health Care CorporationMemphis
Paula MastersVice President, Health ProgramsBallad HealthJohnson City
Patrice MayoVice President for OperationsTennessee Hospital AssociationBrentwood
James “JR” RossPresident & Chief Executive OfficerWest Tennessee HealthcareJackson
Tim SlocumPresident & Chief Executive OfficerMethodist University HospitalMemphis
Terrell SmithSr. Director, Patient and Family EngagementVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashville
Karisse SprayVice President, Diversity, Equity & InclusionCommunity Health Systems, Inc.Franklin
Tish TownsExec. VP/Chief Administrative OfficerRegional One HealthMemphis
Cyrilyn WaltersMedical Director, Ambulatory ServicesRegional One Health UTROPMemphis
Debi WelchSr. Vice President, Human ResourcesCovenant HealthKnoxville
Mamie WilliamsSr. Director of Nursing DEIVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashville

THA Staff Contacts

Patrice Mayo
Vice President, Operations,  Tennessee Center for Patient Safety