Baptist Announces Promotions of Three Leaders

Baptist Memorial Health Care has promoted three leaders to key positions. Chris Anderson, who currently serves as vice president of metro market operations, will become our next chief operating officer. Kimberly Young, the current vice president of finance operations, will be the new chief financial officer. Ron Wachsman, who is serving as vice president of revenue cycle, will be the next chief revenue officer.

These promotions take effect in the fall following the retirements of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Paul DePriest, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bill Griffin and Vice President of Managed Care/CEO of Baptist Health Services Group (BHSG) David Elliott.

Our next Chief Operating Officer Chris Anderson joined Baptist Memorial Health Care when we signed our shared mission agreement with Mississippi Baptist Health Systems in 2017. He has 35 years of health care experience, much of it in finance, and 19 years as a health system CEO. Chris has been an invaluable member of our leadership team throughout his tenure here. As our vice president and Mississippi market leader, he strengthened our position in the state by providing expert leadership to our Mississippi hospital CEOs, and he also built and maintained relationships with key leaders throughout the state. He has also done an excellent job leading our Right Cost A3. His impressive skills will help him excel as our next COO.

Baptist’s next Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Young has been an integral part of our finance team for 33 years, working her way up from an analyst to a director, then CFO of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton, Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville, Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and Baptist Medical Group before being promoted to her current role as vice president of finance operations. Throughout her Baptist career, she has distinguished herself as a hard worker and a true health care finance expert. She has earned the respect of her peers, who value her insight and seek her counsel. Her loyalty to and faith in Baptist are admirable; she has dedicated her entire career to our organization and has played a key role in the growth of some of our largest entities. Her dedication, knowledge and experience will make her an excellent CFO.

As our new chief revenue officer, Ron Wachsman will lead all managed care operations, including BHSG, and revenue cycle operations. Ron has decades of experience in managed care operations, government reimbursement and revenue cycle activities at not-for-profit health care systems. He held leadership roles at several prestigious health care systems before coming to Baptist in 2018. During his time here, he has transformed our revenue cycle operations and implemented improvements for managing state and federal reimbursement programs. He has also played an important role in our ongoing insurance reimbursement efforts. His expertise will allow him to excel in this position and continue building on his success in our revenue cycle operations.