Bode named CMO for four Saint Thomas regional hospitals


UPPER CUMBERLAND Timothy D. Bode, M.D., MBA, has been named chief medical officer for Saint Thomas Rutherford and Saint Thomas Health’s regional hospitals that include Saint Thomas River Park, Saint Thomas DeKalb, Saint Thomas Stones River and Saint Thomas Highlands.

Bode’s most recent position was senior vice president and chief medical officer at Memorial Health in Jacksonville, Florida. In this role there, he was responsible for clinical excellence, surgical services, regulatory affairs, infection prevention and hospital-based physicians.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Bode,” said Gordon Ferguson, president and chief executive officer for Saint Thomas Rutherford and Regional Hospitals. “Dr. Bode has a tremendous breadth and depth of experience not only as a physician, but as a hospital administrator and a professional leader.”

Bode received a bachelor of science in biochemistry from the University of California at Davis and his M.D. from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. After completing his residency in family medicine at the University of California, Davis joined the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer where he achieved the rank of major before re-entering civilian life. After completing his military service in 2000, Bode worked at Baptist Health in Alabama as an assistant professor of family medicine. From 2005-2013, Bode was chief of hospital medicine at Baptist Health while serving in a dual role as both chief of hospital medicine and chief medical information officer from 2010-2013. Bode is certified as a physician executive and earned his MBA from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management in 2015.

It’s at least the third administrative appointment Saint Thomas has announced for its local hospitals this year.

This fall, Saint Thomas tapped a new chief executive officer to lead Saint Thomas DeKalb HospitalHighlands Hospital and Stones River. Andy Wachtel, FACHE, began his new role Oct. 10. R. Dale Humphrey started as CEO at River Park Hospital in McMinnville May 16.





Liz Engel is the editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal. She can be reached at

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