Chris Anderson, FACHE, CPA joins Baptist as CEO

Monday, March 17, 2014

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Chris Anderson, FACHE, CPA, has joined Baptist Health Systems as Chief Executive Officer. For the past 16 years, Anderson has served as the CEO of Singing River Health System in Pascagoula, Miss. He began his career at the KPMG Peat Marwick office in Jackson, Miss. working with many of the large hospitals in the state.

The appointment follows a comprehensive, national search by the Baptist Health Systems’ Board of Trustees, which began last fall. Board Chairman Kane Ditto called the move a very important and exciting one for the system as it continues its mission of providing high quality healthcare guided by its Christian faith.

“Chris has a proven track record of success in leading a multi-hospital, not-for-profit health system,” added Ditto. “Baptist employees and physicians took an active role in working with the board in searching for our new CEO. Many of them interviewed Chris personally and provided important feedback, which contributed to the decision of hiring him.”

During his tenure at Singing River Health System, he was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal following Hurricane Katrina from September to December 2005 and chaired its Health and Human Services Committee. In 2006, he co-chaired the Governor’s Information Technology Task Force, which led to the development of the Mississippi Coastal Health Information Exchange.

Anderson was actually born at Baptist and stated he is glad to be returning to his hometown. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He achieved Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 2007, The Journal of South Mississippi Business and the Sun Herald named Anderson one of the Top 10 Business Leaders on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“I have a great passion for the work performed by not-for-profit hospitals and health systems. Baptist has a long tradition of providing top quality care, and I want to continue to build on this legacy,” said Anderson. “Patient satisfaction and guest services are key success factors for hospitals. And, I look forward to working with the employees and physicians to continue this effort.”

Baptist Health Systems is the parent company of Baptist Medical Center, Baptist Medical Center Leake in Carthage, Miss., The Mississippi Hospital for Restorative Care and a number of related healthcare services and programs. For over 100 years, Baptist has served Mississippi and the surrounding states as a Christian-based, non-profit, comprehensive medical center. Baptist has approximately 3,000 employees. The 500+ members of Baptist’s medical staff represent more than 85 medical specialties.

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