Faculty Named CEO

East Tennessee Adjunct Faculty named CEO of Franklin Woods Community Hospital

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Mr. Tony Benton, Vice President of Strategic Planning, Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA), and adjunct faculty at East Tennessee’s Department of Health Services Management and Policy, has been named CEO of Franklin Woods Community Hospital.  He will transition into his new role starting Feb. 13.

Benton is an active adjunct faculty member at East Tennessee and has, for the past three years, taught the graduate course in Strategic Planning in Health Care.  The course provides an interdisciplinary learning environment that includes health services administration, nursing administration, and business administration students, and that integrates planning concepts with practical case studies.  Benton has previously served on the Community Health Advisory Committee of the College of Public Health and participated in the College’s accreditation site visit in 2009.

As VP of Strategic Planning, Benton has provided oversight for MSHA’s growth and development through market share gain and capital improvement projects, using Baldrige Business Model principles as a guide.  Under his leadership, MSHA has grown from an eight-hospital system in 2002 to a 13-hospital system today. During his tenure, Benton has successfully managed the construction of four new facilities for MSHA, including Franklin Woods, which opened in August 2010.

After transitioning into his role as CEO of Franklin Woods, Benton will maintain oversight of MSHA’s Facilities and Construction Management teams and the Grants and Awards department.  He will also continue to assist MSHA with the development of the system’s Accountable Care Organization.

Benton holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, is a senior examiner on the Malcolm Baldridge National Board of Examiners, and serves on the boards of directors for Appalachian Mountain Project Access, Hands On! Regional Museum, and the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.