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Mountain States promotes nursing executive Trish Baise to lead hospitals, recovery center

Contributed • Dec 15, 2017 at 8:58 PM

Trish Baise, a registered nurse with broad experience in hospital leadership and quality improvement, has been named chief executive officer of Franklin Woods Community Hospital and Woodridge Hospital, as well as administrator of Overmountain Recovery.

Baise has served in various nursing leadership roles within Mountain States since 2009, and has been chief nursing officer of Franklin Woods and Woodridge since 2014. During her tenure, Franklin Woods and Woodridge have received multiple national awards for clinical quality, patient satisfaction and nursing excellence. Franklin Woods has been twice named one of the top 100 hospitals in the United States by Truven Health Analytics and has received Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Woodridge has received the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for patient satisfaction three years in a row.

Baise will succeed Lindy White, who has served as CEO of Franklin Woods and Woodridge Hospital since 2014. Prior to that appointment, White served as CEO of Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion, Virginia, where she had been since 1992, earning successive promotions from accountant to vice president of finance, then chief financial officer and finally CEO. Most recently, White successfully launched Overmountain Recovery, a regional addiction treatment clinic that is now helping more than 80 clients in their journey to recovery from opioid addiction.

“Trish and Lindy have made an outstanding team and together have developed a culture at Franklin Woods and Woodridge that has allowed us to achieve top-tier results in quality,” said Dr. Jocelyn Medina, chief of the medical staff at Franklin Woods. “I am confident that Trish is just the right person to carry forward that momentum and lead our team to even greater results. We are so grateful to Lindy for her leadership in getting us to this point, and we wish her the best as she takes this next step in her career.”

White has accepted a position with LifePoint Health as CEO of Providence Northeast Hospital in the system’s Columbia, South Carolina, market. White will remain with Mountain States until mid-January, when Baise will transition into her new leadership role.

“I am both extremely proud of Lindy for being presented this opportunity, and personally sad to see her go,” said Alan Levine, president and CEO of Mountain States. “She has excelled as a leader and has set a great example of caring, integrity, and positivity throughout her career. When an outstanding leader like Lindy departs, she leaves some big shoes to fill, and I could not be more proud that we have such excellent internal talent capable of stepping in and continuing the great work going on in these facilities. It says a lot about an organization when we consistently develop leaders from within, and I have no doubt that Trish will excel in her new role.”

Baise earned her doctor of nursing practice degree with an emphasis in health system leadership from Vanderbilt University, as well as a master’s in nursing from Vanderbilt. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a certified nurse executive through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She also serves on the board of directors of the Tennessee Nurses Association.

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