The “Leading Forward: Navigating Career Success" event, which saw more than 120 people attend, was held at The Florentine (2101 2nd Avenue North, Birmingham) on Friday, October 6, 2017. It featured a "Who's Who" of healthcare executives - including Presidents, CEOs and COOs - and experts from across the Southeast who discussed and answered questions in three critical areas:

  • Leading and Working Across Generational Lines
  • Culturally Conscious Leadership
  • Developing Political Savvy: Hard Work and Talent Are Not Enough

Here is the full list, along with links to bios, of all those who participated in our inaugural event:


Patricia CurriePat Currie, President Central Texas, Baylor Scott & White Health

Pat Currie has 36 years experience in Healthcare Administration and is currently the President Central Texas Operations of Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not for profit healthcare system in Texas. BSWH is the result of a merger between two healthcare organizations each with over 100 years of history, Baylor Healthcare System and Scott & White Healthcare.

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Jordan DeMoss webJordan DeMoss, Senior Vice President, UAB Medicine

Jordan DeMoss is a Senior Associate Vice President at UAB Medicine with responsibility for Spain Rehabilitation Hospital, Rehabilitation Services, the Center for Psychiatric Medicine, UAB Highlands Hospital, Laboratory Services, and Respiratory Care. He has also served as a senior leader of ancillary and outpatient services, Food and Nutrition Services, Guest Services, Environmental Services, and Spiritual Care and in the corporate office of UAB Health System.

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Hobbs Jennie LIJennie Hobbs, Vice President of Human Resources, Upstream Rehabilitation

Jennie is a senior professional in human resources with more than twenty-five years of human resources leadership in a wide range of industries. She provides leadership guidance to her team through associate relations, compensation, benefits, training and strategic workforce planning. She is committed to impacting lives in a positive way, inspiring those around her to be the best and enhancing true passion in each person she encounters.

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Beth Keyser web 2017 10 03Beth Keyser, Senior Vice President, Sharecare

Beth has spent the last twenty years chasing her passion to improve the well-being of populations. She came to Nashville to work with start-up Gordian Health Solutions, then recruited to Healthways (now Sharecare) as they transitioned from disease management to full well-being. Beth has held numerous Sharecare leadership positions, including client relationship management, HMSA (BCBS-HI) partnership president, and global markets president.

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King Lenetra TBLenetra King, Vice President and Professional Services Officer, Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth

Lenetra King is Vice President and Professional Services Officer at Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth, a position she has held since December 2016. Texas Health Fort Worth is a 720 bed regional tertiary/quaternary facility that cares for more stroke patients than any other hospital in the state and is ranked #4 in Texas for acute care hospital discharges. Lenetra leads a division of 600+ employees with annual gross patient service revenues in excess of $1B.

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Bob Lynch webBob Lynch, MD, Board Member, PhysIQ and former CEO of Tulane Medical Center

Dr. Robert Lynch is currently on the Board of PhysIQ. The company has developed predictive analytics for the monitoring of patients. Studies using their platform have shown the ability to identify patient changes from their personalized baseline sooner than traditional methods. This offers the potential to intervene sooner and more effectively. He also served as CEO of Tulane University Hospital & Clinic from 2007 until he retired in 2014.

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Sarah Nunnelly webSarah Nunnelly, Chief Operating Officer, Princeton Baptist Medical Center

Since February 2014, Sarah Nunnelly has served as the Chief Operating Officer at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. Prior to serving in her current role, Sarah served Princeton as an Assistant Administrator for two years and as the Director of Operations and Business Development for a year and a half. Sarah also completed a year-­‐long administrative residency at Princeton.

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Keith ParrottKeith Parrott, Birmingham Market Chief Executive Officer, Brookwood Baptist Health

Keith Parrott currently serves as CEO of Brookwood Baptist Health, a joint venture between Tenet Health and the Baptist Health System of Alabama. BBH operates five hospitals, seventy-seven health centers, and several ambulatory centers. BBH employs over 7,000 people, making it one of the largest employers in the state of Alabama. Mr. Parrott also serves on the Executive Advisory Board for University of Houston – Clear Lake.

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Stephanie PetersStephanie Peters, Senior Service Leader – Global Tool Processes, GE Power & Water

Stephanie is an operations leader with a track record of delivering business results across multiple industries and functions including Power, Healthcare & Hospital Operations and Medical Equipment Service. Stephanie began her career in healthcare with Baptist Health System where she worked from 1992 until 2001. Then, in 2001, Stephanie moved to GE Healthcare where she has served as Director of Service, Global Service Leader, Business Operations Manager, US/Canada Productivity & Simplification Leader and now Senior Service Leader with GE Power Services.

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Nan Priest webNan Priest, Chief Strategy Officer, St. Vincent’s Health System

Nan Priest is a healthcare executive with over 25 years of broad based experience in strategy and business development, healthcare design/construction, marketing, advocacy and government relations, managed healthcare, physician practice management and clinical management. Ms. Priest is currently Chief Strategy Officer for St. Vincent’s Health System.

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SandyThurmondSandy Thurmond, Vice President of Primary Care Services, Children’s of Alabama

Sandy Thurmond is Vice President of Primary Care Services for Children’s of Alabama. She is responsible for the operations and development of Pediatric Practice Solutions (PPS), Children’s primary care network, as well as for maintaining and improving relationships with pediatricians around the state of Alabama. Sandy is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a certified member of the Medical Group Management Association.

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Sylvia YoungSylvia Young, President/CEO, HCA Continental Division

Sylvia Young, a 32-­year veteran of hospital administration, was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of HCA Continental Division and HCA-­‐HealthONE LLC in June 2012. As CEO she oversees nine acute care hospitals; one rehabilitation hospital; 18 ambulatory surgery centers; dozens of physician clinics; 13,000 employees and $2.7 billion in net revenue. In 2016, Forbes named Young one of the “Top Women Business Leaders in the Western U.S.”

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Presented by the UAB Women's Health Care Leadership Initiative, this event is open to everyone and is designed to be the catalyst needed for enhancing and developing leaders in the healthcare industry!