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 Medical Center-Baroness HospitalChattanooga
Rose BaileyDirector, Diversity & Health EquityWest Tennessee HealthcareJackson
Joanna ConleyChief Executive OfficerTriStar Southern Hills Medical CenterNashville
Becki FogertyExecutive Director, Diversity, Equity & InclusionUniversity of Tennessee Medical CenterKnoxville
Elisa FriedmanAssociate Vice President for Health EquityVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashville
Jennifer HellwegVice President, Quality/Risk Management/Employee HealthTriStar NorthCrest Medical CenterSpringfield
Betsy KammerdienerMarket Director, Mission IntegrationCHI MemorialChatanooga
Patrice MayoTHA Liaison – Vice President for Operations, TN Center for Patient SafetyTennessee Hospital AssociationBrentwood
James Ross, MSHA, BSN, AEMTPresident and Chief Executive OfficerWest Tennessee HealthcareJackson
Landon SmithChief Operating OfficerParkridge Medical CenterChattanooga
Terrell Smith, MSN, RNSenior Director, Patient and Family EngagementVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashville
Karisse SprayVice President, Equity & InclusionCommunity Health Systems, Inc.Franklin
Tish Towns, FACHEExecutive Vice President & Chief Administrative OfficerRegional One HealthMemphis
Cyrilyn WaltersMedical Director, Ambulatory ServicesUTROP Regional One HealthMemphis
Debi WelchSenior Vice President, Human ResourcesCovenant HealthKnoxville

THA Staff Contacts

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