West Tennessee Healthcare Announces Multiple Promotions

Posted on: 02.01.2019

Jackson, Tennessee (February 1, 2019) – James Ross, President and CEO of West Tennessee Healthcare, announced multiple promotions within the health system this week.

Tina Prescott will assume the role of Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer for the health system. Dr. Jackie Taylor, will assume the role of Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Jackson-Madison County General Hospital (JMCGH). Additional promotions at JMCGH include Deann Thelen’s move into the position of Vice President and Hospital Chief Executive Officer at JMCGH, and Teresa Freeman’s promotion to Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at JMCGH.

“I am pleased to announce these well-deserved promotions which will strengthen our organization. These promotions reflect years of service to West Tennessee Healthcare, and significant accomplishments in managing complex issues on a daily basis,” said Ross. “I believe these changes are necessary to best position the organization for a long and successful future in serving our communities throughout the region.”

Tina Prescott has been a registered nurse with West Tennessee Healthcare since 1996, and since joining the organization has served in many roles, including Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Administrator at Camden General Hospital, while most recently serving as the Chief Nursing Officer at JMCGH for 11 years.  She is a graduate of Union University where she received her BSN and MBA, and she is board certified as an Advanced Nurse Executive with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  

Dr. Jackie Taylor has been serving patients in West Tennessee since 1990. In 2003, he joined the emergency medicine team at JMCGH, and most recently served as the Chief Quality Officer and Assistant Chief Medical Officer. He attended medical school at University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences and holds a board certification in family medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Deann Thelen joined West Tennessee Healthcare in 2012 as Vice President of Hospital Services after serving as Chief of Operations at University of Iowa’s Heart and Vascular Center. She worked clinically as an RN in SICU and Cardiac Cath Labs prior to working in healthcare administration. She has an MBA with a Healthcare Management focus from University of Phoenix and a BSN and RN from the University of Iowa. She has more than 30 years of experience in nursing and healthcare.

Teresa Freeman has been a registered nurse with West Tennessee Healthcare since 1987.  She is a graduate of Union University where she received her ASN, BSN and MBA degrees.   She also completed a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Memphis with an emphasis in Executive Leadership. Previously held positions in the organization include: Director of CCU/MICU, Director of Clinical Informatics & Process Management, Executive Director of Clinical Development & Staffing, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer & Chief Clinical Informatics Officer.  She is also part time nursing faculty for the University of Memphis. Teresa is board certified as an Advanced Nurse Executive with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  

The promotions are effective as of February 1, 2019.

About West Tennessee Healthcare:
West Tennessee Healthcare is a public, not-for-profit healthcare system with locations serving 19 counties in West Tennessee and Southeast Missouri. The mission of West Tennessee Healthcare is to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve while providing exceptional and compassionate care. For more information, visit www.wth.org.
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