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09.29.2020

West Tennessee Healthcare Announces Organizational Changes

West Tennessee Healthcare is pleased to announce several organizational changes on the Executive Leadership Team.

Earlier this year, Vanessa Patrick was promoted and named Vice-President of Business Development for the system. Vanessa joined the organization in 1999.  Her areas of responsibility include provider recruiting, the physician liaison program, corporate health and wellness, and strategic development including acquisitions.  Mrs. Patrick attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree and her Master’s degree in Business Administration. Mrs. Patrick currently lives with her family in Medina, TN.

Scott Krodel was named Chief Information Officer for West Tennessee Healthcare earlier this year.  Scott has over 30 years of experience, with 20 years being at the executive leadership level.   He brings extensive experience and expertise in Information Technology and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Indiana State University and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Southern Indiana.  Scott and his family will be relocating to Jackson from Trafalgar, Indiana.

Dr. Vinay Pallekonda joined the team, effective September 14, as the Chief Medical Officer for Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. In this role, Dr. Pallekonda will work closely with the medical staff, officers and clinical department chairs to coordinate clinical staff administrative activities. He will also be responsible for oversight of hospital quality initiatives. Dr. Pallekonda has more than 20 years of clinical, operational and clinical healthcare experience, and is Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He and his family are relocating to Jackson, TN following his service as Chief Medical Officer for DMC Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

“These important organizational changes enable us to more effectively pursue our strategic goals,” James Ross, President and CEO said. “These changes create the right structure to ensure sustainability over the long term and increase our ability to successfully execute on our top priorities, which are supporting our workforce, enhancing our services, and providing high quality, access to care.”