THA Trustee Council

The Tennessee Hospital Association Trustee Council’s mission is to gain involvement of as many trustees as possible statewide through education and regional networking. The members of this council are used to promote educational programs, along with the hospital CEOs.



Board Member
Williamson County Medical CenterFranklin

Rogers AndersonBoard MemberWilliamson County Medical CenterFranklin
Amy GallagherBoard ChairNorthcrest Medical CenterSpringfield
Fred GattasBoard MemberSt. Jude Children's Research HospitalMemphis
Marilyn GrayBoard MemberCookeville Regional Medical CenterCookeville
Thelma TrautBoard ChairBaptist Memorial Hospital HuntingdonHuntingdon
Doug WilliamsonBoard ChairMaury Regional Medical CenterColumbia
Jeffrey R. Woodside, MDBoard MemberHardin Medical CenterSavannah

THA Staff Contacts

Adrienne Nordman
Director of Member Services

Board Certification Program

The Trustee Council has designed a hospital governance certification process that is unique to Tennessee, and enables hospitals to utilize best practices and demonstrate to lawmakers, regulators, physicians, employees, the business community and other community stakeholders that Tennessee hospitals:

  • Understand and embrace the need for governance accountability
  • Govern according to a standard of excellence
  • Are willing to formally certify their adherence to governance best practices

Program Information

2021 Certified Boards

Three Star (100% of board certified):

Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Marshall Medical Center

Maury Regional Medical Center

Tennessee Hospital Association

University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville

Wayne Medical Center

West Tennessee Healthcare

Williamson Medical Center

Best Practices and Other Resources

More information is available from many regional and national sources. These resources can be a great reference as board members navigate the governing process.

Trustee Education

THA offers a variety of education opportunities for trustees, which satisfy the requirements of the THA board certification program.

Education for Trustees – Quality and Safety

Free access is being made available for a special quality and safety curriculum through the Institute for Health Improvement. Given the importance of the issues of quality and safety, this offer is being extended to trustees participating in THA’s Board Certification Program.

While the full curriculum examines issues related to quality and safety from a variety of perspectives, we feel specific courses may be of interest to trustees.  These education modules can be completed as a group as part of a board meeting, or can be an individual exercise as schedules permit.  All courses have three to five lessons lasting less than 30 minutes each.  Each lesson is eligible for continuing education credit.

The entire course listing and other details may be viewed at

National Resources