James new CEO of Tennova Healthcare – Harton


Ken James has been named Chief Executive Officer of Tennova Healthcare – Harton, effective Monday, April 4. The appointment comes after Russ Spray’s announcement to retire earlier this year, according to a press release from Tennova. A native of Tullahoma with over 20 years of healthcare experience, for the last three years James has served as CEO of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, a 460-bed CHS-affiliated medical center in Poplar Bluff, Missouri with three campuses. In this role, he oversaw the expansion of behavioral health, wound care and oncology services. “Coming home to Tullahoma to lead Tennova Healthcare – Harton is an opportunity I’ve hoped for,” James said. “The physicians and employees here have created a place where patients know they can come for quality, safe care, and I’m honored to support their work.” James also recruited numerous physicians across several specialties and made strides in improving physician, employee and patient satisfaction. The level of care delivered at the medical center was recognized by multiple awards and accreditations. “We are fortunate to welcome another CEO who is from our area and understands the unique needs of our community,” said Jim Lane, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Ken brings a wealth of expertise that will help our hospital to grow how we serve patients.” Prior to joining Poplar Bluff Regional, James was CEO of CHS-affiliated Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett, Missouri. He has held leadership roles at other hospitals and healthcare organizations in Florida, Louisiana and Tennessee. James has a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Management from Louisiana Tech University and a bachelor’s degree in Radiology from University of Louisiana-Monroe. He is expected to complete his MBA from Florida Tech University later this year. He and his wife Marilyn have two sons: Jonathan, a high school senior who plans to attend the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga this fall, and his older brother Benjamin who already resides in Tullahoma. Spray’s last day as CEO of the hospital is Friday, April 1. “On behalf of the board, I extend my sincerest appreciation to Russ Spray for the many contributions he has made to our hospital,” Lane said. “His leadership has placed our hospital in a position to continue the successes we’ve achieved together over the last five years.”

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