COOKEVILLE – Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has welcomed new chief operating officer (COO) Scott Williams to its administrative team. Williams comes to Cookeville with 30 years of leadership experience in hospitals and health care.
Williams brings a record in many areas of health care management including strategic planning, quality improvement, sound financial management and program development. He began his career as a registered nurse at Johnson City Medical Center (Mountain States Health Alliance) in East Tennessee. Through the years, he rose through the ranks of management and most recently held the position of chief executive officer at Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, Ala.
The position of COO at CRMC has been vacant since former CEO Menachem Langer was promoted from the position in 2011.
“Scott’s wealth of experience is a perfect fit for our organization,” said Paul Korth, chief executive officer at CRMC. “He has proven his abilities at the executive level to have a significant impact on organizational success and he understands the unique challenges that are ahead in health care. I look forward to working with him.”
Previously, Williams served as chief executive officer at Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton, Tenn., chief operating officer at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster, Ala., and administrator and chief nursing officer at Johnson County Health Center, Inc. in Mountain City, Tenn.
“My wife Sheri and I are very excited to return to Tennessee,” Williams said. “Cookeville has always been a strong, vibrant region. We are looking forward to being a part of this community and Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Cookeville Regional has clearly distinguished itself as a top quality, successful regional referral center and I’m looking forward to being a part of the effort to make it even more successful in the future.”
Williams received a master of science degree in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in addition to a master of science degree in nursing at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He completed a bachelor of science degree in nursing at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He has attained fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been an active participant in Rotary International, chambers of commerce and various civic organizations.