Wayne Smith, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
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 17 years Modern Healthcare has published the peer voted list, one of only three people to be named to the list every year since its inception. Institutional Investor magazine has named Smith a Top CEO for the healthcare facilities sector several times over the past decade.
Smith is the chair of the board of the Federation of American Hospitals. He is also the past-chair and a current board member of both the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Health Care Council and serves on the board of trustees of Auburn University. Until its merger with Linde AG in October 2018, Smith also served on the board of directors and on the compensation committee of Praxair, Inc., a supplier of industrial gases and coatings and related services and technologies.
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.