On Aug. 2, TriStar Centennial CEO Thomas Herron, FACHE, announced he would retire from TriStar Health and HCA after 44 years of service in the healthcare industry.
“I have planned for this day since I began my career in healthcare 44 years ago,” said Herron. “I’m thankful and blessed that I am able to retire after a rewarding career working with the best medical professionals and support personnel that our industry has to offer.”
Since assuming the role of CEO at TriStar Centennial in 2006, Herron has overseen and led his team through a major expansion of the medical center’s services while upgrading its facilities. Under his leadership, TriStar Centennial enhancements include:
• 71 new licensed beds,
• renovation of the TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center,
• expansion of the women’s and children’s service lines at the recently renamed TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s hospital,
• opening of Middle Tennessee’s leading Heart & Vascular Center,
• accreditation by The Joint Commission for TriStar Ashland City, located just north of Nashville, and
• beginning of construction on the long-awaited TriStar ER in Spring Hill.
“Tom has also built and led a team that includes a medical staff with world-renowned physicians, highly trained medical professionals, and dedicated support staff that continue making TriStar Centennial a leader in our industry,” said Steve Corbeil, president of TriStar Health. “He leads by example and fosters an environment of compassionate and quality care focusing on the entire patient experience.”
The medical center has received numerous service and quality accolades under Herron’s leadership, including being ranked second among HCA facilities for patient satisfaction and being named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters three times.
“Leading our talented, compassionate, and world-class team has absolutely been the highlight of my career,” Herron said. “I couldn’t have asked for a more challenging and rewarding position for the last seven years of my career.”
Corbeil said that a search is underway to find the right person to step in and lead TriStar Centennial to continue the great work that Herron and other leaders at the hospital have started. “I have no doubt that Tom has enhanced the legacy of TriStar Centennial and has inspired the next generation of healthcare professionals he has worked with throughout his career,” said Corbeil.
Herron will retire on December 31, 2012. He and his wife plan to retire in the Nashville area.