THA Announces Will Cromer as Chief Operating Officer

Will Cromer has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA).

“Will’s previous experience as a leader in state government and at TennCare make him an excellent fit for THA,” said Wendy Long, M.D., THA president and CEO, in announcing the appointment. “His work across a variety of disciplines, including finance, strategy and policy, will serve our members and staff well as THA continues working to ensure access to quality, affordable and effective healthcare for the people of Tennessee.”

Cromer most recently worked at a venture capital firm in Nashville that focuses on launching tech-enabled healthcare service companies. Previously, he served as deputy director and chief of staff at the Division of TennCare, where he assisted Dr. Long in managing and driving the priorities of the $12 billion Medicaid agency.

Prior to TennCare, Cromer served as Governor Bill Haslam’s special assistant for strategy and policy director. In this role, he led the development and implementation of Haslam’s policy agenda and served as a key advisor and member of the governor’s senior team. Cromer developed legislation, oversaw strategic initiatives, assisted with budget development and served as a liaison to various state agencies and stakeholders, including TennCare and other healthcare-related agencies and organizations.

Before state government, Cromer was a senior member of Haslam’s successful gubernatorial campaign and spent time in public policy roles in Nashville and Washington, D.C.

A Nashville native, Cromer received a master of business administration degree from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor of arts degree from Belmont University, where he served as student body president.

Cromer succeeds Mary Layne Van Cleave, who is retiring this year after 23 years with the association.