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ABOUT US

A Century of Care

WHERE IT STARTED

Delivering innovative healthcare. All for the community.

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS

From humble origins located in a small facility just a few blocks away to now the premier healthcare institution in the region, Cookeville Regional Medical Center has seen tremendous growth throughout the last 100 years.

It all began with one man’s vision. That man was Dr. William Howard, who was described as a “kind and unselfish citizen who only administers kind treatment to those who come in contact with him.” He was also described as a “man of vision, a man of action and a pioneer” when the Tennessee Academy of Family Practitioners named him General Practitioner of the Year in 1962.

MISSION

Building Healthier
Communities

VISION

Exceptional Care to Every
Patient Every Day

VALUES

W

Working Together

We create a culture of teamwork where we value and nurture our greatest assets — our physicians and staff — and build an environment of mutual trust, respect and best practices.

E

Excellence

We consistently exceed expectations by representing the highest ethical and moral standards.

C

Compassionate Care

We put others first in a spirit of warmth and friendliness that respects the dignity of all.

A

Accountability

We remain financially strong and committed to ensuring sustainability as part of our community responsibility.

R

Regional

We lead our region’s healthcare with integrity, innovation, education and service.

E

Empowerment

We empower our physicians and staff to do the right thing.

Leadership

Administration: 931-738-2000

Paul Korth

Chief Executive Officer

Ricky Shelton

Chief Strategy Officer

Buffy Key

Chief Operating Officer

Tommye Rena Wells

Chief Financial Officer

Luke Hill

Chief Legal Counsel

Dr. Bruce "DW" Johnson

Chief Medical Officer

Scott Lethi

Chief Nursing Officer

Joseph Jestus, MD

Medical Staff President

Les Bernstein

Chief Information Officer

Angel Lewis

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Board of Trustees

Cookeville Regional Medical Center is overseen by a board of trustees. They appoint the CEO, approve the budget and audit and purchases. Members are appointed by the city council, except for the Cookeville city mayor and the medical staff president. They meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

Kevin Carter

Chairman

Allen Ray

Past chairman

Dr. Carl Owens

Laurin Wheaton

Vice mayor, City of Cookeville

Joseph Jestus, MD

Medical staff president

Ernest Buchanan, MD

Vice chairman

Cheryl Sandlin

Danny Rader

Scott Copeland, MD