Pictured – Thomas Kidd, Left, has retired from Macon County Community Hospital

Thomas Kidd spent 30 years of his career in health care

Macon County Community Hospital  has lost a leader and a trailblazer with the retirement of CEO Thomas Kidd.

“Thomas built an employee-friendly culture in his 19-year career with the hospital,” said the Tennessee Hospital Association in a statement on Facebook. “Senator Ken Yager and Representative Kelly Keisling presented Mr. Kidd with a proclamation from the Tennessee General Assembly commending him for his successful career in his rural health care leadership. THA wishes Thomas well in his well-deserved retirement!”

Radford West, MCH Board President, said Kidd’s leadership through the pandemic was vital, according to a release by the hospital.

“On behalf of the hospital and the entire Macon community, I want to thank Thomas for his years of service to Macon Community Hospital and especially for his leadership during the tumultuous years of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said West.

The hospital looks to build on Kidd’s legacy.

“He has laid the groundwork for future successes of the hospital and to continue to create a culture of quality, accountability and respect throughout the hospital organization,” continued West. “He has used his knowledge and abilities to make our hospital a better place to work, and now it is known as a rural hospital that is a state-of-the-art facility. He leaves a legacy of true commitment to our hospital and community.”

Kidd is proud of his work. In his time as CEO the hospital saw much growth in the form of a new emergency department, new sleep clinic, cardiac rehab, pulmonary rehab and therapy services building. 

A career well spent.

“I am proud of what we, as a team, have been able to accomplish here at Macon Community Hospital,” he said. “It truly speaks to the dedication of the staff to be able to continue to advance our mission of providing high quality, compassionate and affordable health care for our community. I would like to thank, not only the hospital staff, but the board of directors, the Medical Staff and the community for their support over the years.” 

Kidd started his career in accounting in 1974 before going all in on health care in 94.

Ten years later, he was named chief financial officer (CFO) in Macon County in 2004. In 2017 he was named CEO, according to the release. MCH’s current CFO, Scott Tongale, will step into the role of CEO.

The hospital is currently seeking his replacement.

“For years, Thomas has served the hospital and our community well,” said West.

Photo courtesy of MCH.

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