Thad Phillips, MSHA/MSHI alumnus, named Rising Star in Healthcare IT

Thad PhillipsThad Phillips, alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions’ M.S. in Health Administration (MSHA Class 33) program as well as the M.S. in Health Informatics (MSHI 2003) program, has been named to Health Data Management’s “30 Rising Stars in Healthcare IT”.

The publication says “a new wave of younger healthcare IT executives are rising up to take on leadership roles in the industry” and Phillips is part of the group they say “are likely to guide the industry over the next 10 to 20 years.”

Earlier this year, Phillips was named Chief Information Security Officer for Baptist Health Care. Based in Pensacola, Florida, BHC comprises three hospitals, four medical parks, a behavioral health network, an institute for orthopaedics and sports medicine, and more. He is responsible for maintaining HIPAA security compliance as well as other information and cyber security regulations.

Ric Ransom, MSHA alumnus, hired as president of UW Hospitals, Madison region

Ric RansomFrederic “Ric” Ransom, also an alumnus of MSHA Class 33, has been hired by University of Wisconsin (UW) Hospitals for the newly created position of president, UW Hospitals, Madison region.

Ransom will be in charge of UW Hospital, American Family Children’s Hospital, and UW Health at The American Center.

He is also being tasked with continued implementation of a joint operating agreement between UW Hospitals and UnityPoint Health-Meriter.

Previously, Ransom had been with Greenville Memorial Hospital (South Carolina) since 2014.

Prior to that he was at Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corp. in Memphis.

Lance Jones, Executive MSHA alumnus, promoted by LewisGale RHS

Lance JonesLance Jones, FACHE, a 2000 graduate of the Executive MSHA program (MSHA Class E34), has been appointed CEO and market president of LewisGale Regional Health System (Salem, Virginia). He previously served as CEO of StoneSprings Hospital Center, located in northern Virginia, beginning in January 2017.

LewisGale RHS is part of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). In a release from the company, Tim McManus, president of HCA’s Capital Division, said “Lance has a history of developing a strong culture. These results can be seen through the marked improvement in both employee and physician satisfaction and engagement during his tenure at Stone Springs.

Jones, who has nearly two decades of healthcare experience, joined HCA in 2013 as CEO of Coliseum Medical Centers (Georgia) where they received numerous organizational and service line advancements. His promotion to LewisGale RHS CEO and market president was effective December 1, 2018.