Paul Smith joined CHS in May 2008 and oversees the operations of affiliated hospitals in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Prior to his current position, he served as Vice President of Operations for Divisions I and VI, supporting operations in affiliated hospitals across the southeast. Previously, he was with Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA) for 14 years where he served as Vice President and CEO of a hospital in North Carolina.
Smith received his bachelor’s degree in business from Mercer University in Georgia and master’s degrees in both business and health administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Manish Shah is responsible for information systems and advanced technology to support the company’s clinical, financial and administrative operations. He joined the organization in 2013 as Deputy CIO. From 2011 to 2013, he was senior vice president at Aurora Health Care, a large healthcare system in Wisconsin, where he oversaw technology design, implementation and operations. Prior roles include information technology leadership positions at SymphonyIRI and Caremark Rx.
Shah was named one of Computerworld‘s Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2010. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a master’s in Information Technology from Roosevelt University, both located in Illinois.
H. James Williams, Ph.D. was appointed to our Board of Directors in December 2015. Dr. Williams served as president of Fisk University, a leading liberal arts university located in Nashville, Tennessee, from February 2013 until September 2015. Fisk University is renowned for its leadership role and history in the education of African-American students. Prior to that, Dr. Williams served as dean and a professor of accounting at the Seidman College of Business of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 2004 until 2013. From 1999 until 2004, he was dean and a professor of accounting at the School of Business of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. From 1994 to 1999, Dr. Williams was dean of the School of Management and a professor of accounting at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware. Prior to that, he held faculty positions in the business schools at several universities. Dr. Williams serves on the advisory board of Fifth Third Bank of Tennessee, as a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s Air Service Coalition, and also on the boards of several non-profit organizations. Dr. Williams has also practiced law, primarily in the areas of partnership and corporate tax, as well as contract law. He started his diverse career as an accountant with Ernst & Young where he worked in the audit division with companies in the banking, textiles, automotive and shipping industries.
Dr. Williams’ educational background (B.S. in accounting from North Carolina Central University; MBA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D. in accounting from University of Georgia; and J.D. and LL.M. degrees from Georgetown University Law Center) and his extensive teaching experience provide additional accounting expertise to the Board of Directors. Additionally, his experience as president of an academic institution and service on the boards of a number of non-profit institutions provide the Board of Directors with further insight into the environment in which many of the Company’s competitors operate.
Pam Rudisill joined the organization as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer in 2014. Rudisill is responsible for developing and sharing clinical best practices across the organization, providing leadership to nursing executives and supporting nurses at affiliated hospitals as they provide quality, compassionate care. She also directs the Survey Management/Survey Readiness team which assists affiliates with regulatory, accreditation and certification surveys. Rudisill has extensive clinical and nursing leadership, most recently serving as Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive at Health Management Associates Rudisill holds several post-graduate degrees, including a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Duke University. She is a past president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and has been inducted into American Academy of Nursing.
Richard Willis was appointed Vice President of Managed Care in 2010. He formerly served as Regional Director of Managed Care in Texas. Prior to joining the company in 2008, he served as President of Central and West Texas Operations for Humana, Inc., and was previously COO and Vice president of Sales. Willis has more than 20 years of experience in the managed care industry.
Tim Hingtgen oversees the operations of affiliated hospitals in Alaska, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. He joined CHS in 2008 as Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining CHS, Hingtgen held Chief Operating and Chief Executive Officer positions at hospitals in Arizona, Indiana and Nevada.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa and holds a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Marty Bonick oversees the operations of affiliated hospitals in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia. He joined CHS in 2011 as a Vice President of Division Operations, bringing more than 16 years of for-profit and non-profit healthcare leadership experience. He came to the company from Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky, where he served as CEO of Jewish Hospital and Senior Vice President of Operations for the system. Formerly, he was CEO of Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa. In 2011, Bonick was the recipient of the Kentucky’s ACHE Early Career Executive Regent’s Award and in 2008 he was named an “Up and Comer” by Modern Healthcare magazine.
He holds dual master’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in Healthcare Administration and Information Management and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois.
Larry Cash joined Community Health Systems in 1997 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2001. In 2014, he was named President of Financial Services.
Cash is an experienced finance and operations executive with a keen understanding of industry dynamics. For ten consecutive years, Cash has been recognized as one of the Top 3 CFOs in the healthcare sector by Institutional Investor magazine. He was named Business Tennessee’s first ever CFO of the Year in 2008 and also earned that distinction in the public companies category from the Nashville Business Journal in 2009.
Cash serves on the Board of Directors of Cross Country Healthcare Inc., a provider of nurse and allied staffing services, multi-specialty locum tenens services, and other human capital management services for the healthcare industry. Cash is also a member of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Prior to joining Community Health Systems, Cash held executive level finance positions at Columbia/HCA, Humana, Inc., and Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Cash is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and is professionally affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Wayne Smith joined Community Health Systems in 1997 as President and Chief Executive Officer. In 2001, he was named Chairman of the Board.
Smith is one of the most tenured executives in the hospital industry. Over the years, he has garnered professional recognition from his peers, investors, and the business community. He has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare each of the 14 years Modern Healthcare has published the peer voted list, ranking number 18 in 2015. Institutional Investor magazine has named Smith a Top CEO for the healthcare facilities sector several times over the past decade.
Smith is a past-chair and current board member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of American Hospitals and the Nashville Health Care Council. He serves on the Board of Directors of Praxair, Inc., a publicly-traded company. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Auburn University.
Prior to joining Community Health Systems, Smith was President and Chief Operating Officer of Humana, Inc., where he served in various management positions during his 23 years with that company. Smith holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University.
Ron Shafer is responsible for human resources management and recruiting as well as the oversight of physician recruitment. He previously held leadership positions in areas that include hospital, physician practice and division operations, including Vice President of Operations for Division V and, most recently, Vice President of Physician Practice Services. Shafer joined the company in 1998 as CEO of Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, where he was named CEO of the Year in 2001. He has more than 30 years of hospital management experience, including work with HCA and Brim Healthcare. Shafer is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.