Leadership

Leadership2018-08-15T16:13:28+00:00

Regional One Health’s commitment to quality care and excellent service starts with our senior leadership team. The diverse experience and expertise of this team models the way for our entire patient care and support staff.

Our Mission: To improve the health and well-being of the people we serve by providing compassionate care and exceptional services.

Our Vision: In collaboration with our academic partners, we will be the premier healthcare system advancing the quality of life in our communities.

Leadership Team

coopwood-reginaldReginald W. Coopwood, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, joined Regional One Health in March 2010. Dr. Coopwood earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College and established a successful general surgical practice in Nashville. He served as the Chief Medical Officer at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry. Dr. Coopwood was named Chief Executive Officer at Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority in 2005, a position he held until joining Regional One Health in 2010. Dr. Coopwood possesses unique expertise in progressive healthcare management including extensive experience working with government stakeholders and health industry leaders. Dr. Coopwood has earned numerous honors for his work in healthcare, including being named one of Tennessee’s Healthcare Top 25 in 2007 and 2009; Memphis Magazine’s Who’s Who in 2010; and the Memphis Business Journal’s Health Care Hero in Administrative Excellence in 2011. Dr. Coopwood’s work at Regional One Health is complemented by his commitment to the health and well-being of the individuals in our community. He serves on the Boards of March of Dimes, Leadership Academy, QSource and Mid-South e-Health Alliance. Dr. Coopwood is also a member of the UTHSC Chancellor’s Advisory Board, Tennessee Hospital Association Board and an alumni of Leadership Memphis.

imad-abdullahImad Abdullah is the chief legal officer at Regional One Health. As the principal attorney and general counsel for the health system, he is responsible for managing all aspects of legal affairs and risk management.

Prior to joining Regional One Health in 2014, Abdullah was a Shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash & Smoak and spent nearly a decade at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, handling civil cases in the areas of health care, employment and commercial litigation.

Abdullah earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School and his B.A., also from the University of Minnesota. Imad is active in the Memphis community, serving on the board of Bodine School, which specializes in educating and remediating dyslexic leaners, and he previously served on the board of Pleasant View School.

Abdullah is also active in a number of professional organizations including the Western District of Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility; past president of the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association; past chair of the Memphis Bar Association Employment Law Section, and past chair of the Society of Human Resources (SHRM) – Memphis Legal/Legislative Committee.

cooper-susanSusan Cooper, MSN, RN, FAAN, is the chief integration officer at Regional One Health. Appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen in 2007, Cooper served as the Commissioner of the Department of Health, State of Tennessee, for five years. In 2011, Cooper transitioned to the Governor’s Office, working on health and wellness related special projects. Before joining state government, Cooper was a faculty member and assistant dean at Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing. Cooper began her career as a nurse specializing in emergency and intensive care. Cooper earned her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Martin Croce, MD, is the chief medical officer at Regional One Health. Dr. Croce transitioned to this administrative role in August of 2018 after a lengthy and distinguished career in one of the busiest trauma centers in the United States – the Elvis Presley Trauma Center at Regional One Health. As chief medical officer, Dr. Croce oversees quality, medical research, medical staff services, regulatory readiness and infection prevention for the system.

Dr. Croce earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). He completed a surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida before returning to Memphis.  He completed a residency and internship with UTHSC that started his career in the Trauma Center at Regional One Health, where he served as medical director 2000 to 2018.

Dr. Croce’s work focuses heavily on quality initiatives, enhancing the physician/administration relationship and exploring new opportunities for patient care.

Danielle Lombard-Sims, MS, SPHR, is the senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Regional One Health. In this role, Lombard-Sims is responsible for the oversite of human resources operations, talent acquisition, talent management, employee and labor relations, training and development and occupational health.  Lombard-Sims joined Regional One Health in 2018. She previously served in human resources executive roles at LSU Health and Ochsner Health System in New Orleans.

Lombard-Sims has more than 20 years of human resources leadership experience. She earned her Senior Professional in HR certification (SPHR) and has been a certified HR professional since 1999.  Originally from New Orleans, she graduated summa cum laude from Spring Hill College, obtained a Master’s Degree from Purdue University in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and a second Master’s Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Lombard-Sims co-authored three research articles, which were published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, Computers and Human Behavior, and the Journal of Developmental Education.

perisho-bretBret Perisho is the senior vice president of business development and chief strategy officer at Regional One Health. In this role, Perisho is responsible for leading strategic business development and business growth center operational activities. His areas of oversight include the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation service line, burn and plastics service lines, imaging services and East Campus clinical operations. Perisho works with the CEO and CFO to develop, assess and implement strategies for service and program growth within the health system. Perisho joined Regional One Health in 2011. His more than 35 years of healthcare experience includes finance leadership roles at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and numerous healthcare consulting projects. Perisho earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting at Kansas State University. He is a certified public accountant, and his professional associations include American Institute of CPAs, Tennessee Society of CPAs, and Healthcare Financial Management Association.

ritchey-tammieTammie Ritchey, CRFE, has served as the leader of the Regional One Health Foundation since 2004. Prior to that she served as Development Director for Girls Incorporated of Memphis. She is a native Memphian, having graduated from Ridgeway High School and Rhodes College.  Tammie did her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Tammie is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, an internationally-recognized designation for philanthropic fundraising executives.  She is a member of the Health Management Academy, the Association of Health Care Philanthropy, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Memphis Downtown Rotary Club, and a former President for Women of Achievement.

schafer-lisaLisa Cox Schafer, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, joined Regional One Health as chief nursing officer in May 2016 and was named executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2017.  In this role, Schafer leads patient care services throughout the system including inpatient, outpatient and emergency nursing, as well as pharmacy, respiratory and dialysis services, in addition to non-clinical operations.

Schafer has worked in nursing management and leadership roles for more than 30 years in academic medical centers and community hospitals. Most recently, Schafer served as the vice president and chief nursing and operation executive for a 500-bed, two campus hospital in Scripps Health System in San Diego, California. She has held nursing leadership roles at Roper St. Francis Healthcare and the Medical University of South Carolina. Schafer also taught leadership to senior level nursing students for six years and worked as coach for the Studer Group.

Schafer earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 2011, Schafer was appointed to the South Carolina State Board of Nursing, where she served as vice president and secretary of the board. She is certified as a nurse executive by American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and served on the Advanced Nurse Executive Certification Content Expert Panel from 2007 to 2014.

towns-leticiaTish Towns, FACHE, chief administrative officer, has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors, beginning her career in State Government with the Tennessee Departments of Human Services and Health.  She began her career in healthcare management in the early 1990s and has served in senior executive roles in community not-for-profit, rural and urban academic delivery settings in Illinois, Georgia and South Carolina.  Tish has a strong background in healthcare management and leadership. Her administrative responsibilities have included: support services operations, human resources management, medical staff services, guest services, pastoral care and community and government relations. A Memphis native, Tish received her Bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University and her Master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Certified in healthcare management, Tish is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Delegate on the American Hospital Association (AHA) Regional Policy Board 4 and member of ACHE’s Management Series Editorial Board and Memphis Rotary.  Her past service includes Chair, ACHE Examination Committee, 2009 ACHE Service Award Recipient, UAB Programs in Health Administration Board of Directors and AHA Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council Nominating Committee.

wagers-rickRick Wagers, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has more than 30 years of professional experience in healthcare finance and worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for many years.  Rick held the positions of Director of Financial Management, Vice President, and most recently, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Vanderbilt. He earned his Masters of Business Administration – Finance at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and undergraduate degree in accounting at Ball State University in Indiana. Rick is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and volunteers his time with the Tennessee Kidney Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America.