CELEBRATING 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.
Exceptional Care to Every
Patient Every Day
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.
We consistently exceed expectations by representing the highest ethical and moral standards.
We put others first in a spirit of warmth and friendliness that respects the dignity of all.
We remain financially strong and committed to ensuring sustainability as part of our community responsibility.
We lead our region’s healthcare with integrity, innovation, education and service.
We empower our physicians and staff to do the right thing.
Tommye Rena Wells
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Legal Counsel
Bruce "DW" Johnson, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Interim Chief Nursing Officer
Joseph Jestus, MD
Medical Staff President
Chief Information Officer
Chief Human Resource Officer
Everything Cookeville Regional does is for the community.
As a city-owned hospital, there is no corporate enterprise dictating what services or specialties we can or cannot offer. CRMC is financially independent in that there are zero tax dollars issued to fund operations.
Cookeville Regional pays the City of Cookeville $700,000 each year in lieu of taxes and every dollar made goes right back into the hospital to fund new and improved services.
Supporting the mission of "Building Healthier Communities," Cookeville Regional has reinvested millions of dollars over the past five years back into the hospital to help meet the healthcare needs of the region.
Cookeville Regional continues to grow, continues to invest in the best, state-of-the-art equipment and techniques with the ultimate goal of bringing the best healthcare to the residents of the Upper Cumberland. After all, it is the way we care.
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.
Ernest Buchanan, MD
Mayor, City of Cookeville
Joseph Jestus, MD
Medical staff president
Carl Owens, PhD
Scott Copeland, MD