Justin Pitt serves as the Company’s primary counsel for litigation, managed care, reimbursement and other matters and is responsible for the operations of the Company’s Legal Department. He first joined the Company as Litigation Counsel in 2009 after years of private practice as a litigator and lobbyist to the Tennessee General Assembly. Pitt serves on the Federation of American Hospital’s Medicaid and Managed Care Committee and the American Health Lawyers’ Association’s Dispute Resolution Task Force. He received his law degree, Order of the Coif, from Washington University School of Law.
Thomas J. Aaron joined Community Health Systems as Senior Vice President of Finance in November 2016 and was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 2017.
Aaron has had a distinguished career providing financial and operational counsel to national healthcare organizations. In 2016, he retired from national accounting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP after 32 years. From 2006 to 2016, he served as Tennessee Managing Partner, leading teams for many of the firm’s largest healthcare provider and payer clients, including Community Health Systems, Inc., most recently in 2013. His healthcare industry experience at Deloitte included audits of public and private companies, strategy and operations improvement consulting, mergers and acquisitions, financing and public equity offering services, and participation in numerous board and committee meetings.
Aaron is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a past member of its Health Care Committee. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a past board member of the Nashville Health Care Council.
Aaron is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and serves as a Master of Accounting Advisory Board member for the University of Kentucky and Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management.
Edward Lomicka oversees corporate finance and treasury management functions. Lomicka joined CHS in 2002 and has 25 years of health care management experience. Previously, at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lomicka managed a team of consultants who advised hospitals and health systems on ways to improve financial performance. Lomicka is a Certified Treasury Professional and a member of the Association for Financial Professionals. He has served as chairman of Leadership Health Care, a board member for the Nashville Health Care Council, and a participant in the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows initiative. Lomicka holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University and a Masters of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. Lomicka also teaches health care finance as Adjunct Professor of Management at Vanderbilt University.
John W. McClellan oversees the operations of affiliated hospitals in New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia. McClellan joined Community Health Systems in 2009 as a Vice President of Operations and was promoted to Division President in April 2016. McClellan has twenty years of healthcare management experience. Prior to joining the organization McClellan was with another hospital management company where he held various chief executive officer positions at for-profit hospitals in North Carolina, Florida and Missouri.
He holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Kentucky.
Paul Smith joined CHS in May 2008 and oversees the operations of affiliated hospitals in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Prior to his current position, he served as Vice President of Division Operations, supporting operations in affiliated hospitals across the southeast. Prior to joining us, Smith was with another hospital management company 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 has served as president of Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio since March 2016. Mount St. Joseph University provides interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula to its students, including a number of graduate and doctoral healthcare programs. Prior to that, he 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. Dr. Williams also 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 2006 until 2013, Dr. Williams served on the board of trustees of St. Mary’s Hospital, a non-profit hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 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 also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations. He previously served on the advisory board of Fifth Third Bank of Tennessee and as a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s Air Service Coalition. 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 diverse experience, including serving as president of academic institutions and service on the boards of a number of non-profit institutions and a bank, bring a unique perspective to the Board of Directors.
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.
As President and Chief Operating Officer, Tim Hingtgen oversees the organization’s four operating divisions and strategic growth initiatives. He joined our Board of Directors in 2017. He is a highly accomplished hospital operator with a track record of successfully optimizing hospital operations and developing regional healthcare networks. Hingtgen joined Community Health Systems in 2008 as a Vice President of Operations. In January 2014, he was promoted to President of Division IV Operations, and in May 2016, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining Community Health Systems, Hingtgen served as a chief operating or chief executive officer of hospital facilities affiliated with other for-profit hospital systems. Hingtgen holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.