Baptist Announces New Medical Center President

Thursday, March 1, 2012

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Baptist Health Systems President and CEO Mark Slyter, FACHE, has announced  Mr. Kerry R. Tirman, JD, MBA, FACHE, has accepted the position as the new President of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. Beginning March 5, 2012, Kerry will have responsibilities for all hospital operations.   

Kerry comes to Baptist from Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, where he has served as Chief Operating Officer since 2008. The 631-bed Brookwood Medical Center is part of the for-profit Tenet Healthcare Corporation. During his time at Brookwood, Kerry managed a multi-year campus expansion that included a 45-bed psychiatric expansion and a 132,000 square foot Women's facility.  Kerry also managed operational efficiencies through strategic cost controls and contracting initiatives allowing Brookwood to be recognized as the most cost efficient medical center in the Tenet System.  Brookwood also enjoyed the highest levels of patient satisfaction within Tenet.

From 2005 to 2008, Kerry was the CEO of Riley Hospital in Meridian. The 180-bed Riley hospital is a member of Health Management Associates, Inc. From 2003-2005, he served as Associate Executive Director/COO/Interim CEO at Midwest Regional Medical Center in Oklahoma. He was Chief Compliance Officer and Administrator of Systems Support at Singing River Hospital System in Pascagoula, Miss., from 1999 to 2003.  

Kerry holds a Master's of Business Administration degree from Tulane University, a Juris Doctorate degree (Cum Laude) from Tulane Law School, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Kerry and his wife Vicki have two sons, Chase (16) and Cory (14).

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