TriStar Health recently announced the retirement of TriStar Summit Medical Center CEO Jeff Whitehorn, effective May 31.
Whitehorn has served Hermitage and the surrounding communities as CEO of TriStar Summit for the last 14 years of his 29-year career in the healthcare industry.
"I am extremely proud of all the accomplishments that we have achieved as a team during my 14 years serving as CEO at TriStar Summit Medical Center," Whitehorn said. "I look forward to spending more time with my family, especially my wife, Jennifer, and our two daughters, Ashleigh and Emily. I am excited about this next chapter in my life."
Prior to joining TriStar Summit in 2003, Whitehorn was CEO of TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville.
"Jeff has instilled a sense of pride and culture at both facilities that is demonstrated in the care that is given to patients and felt among visitors and guests to TriStar Summit Medical Center," said Heather Rohan, president of TriStar Health, an affiliate of HCA.
"He has enhanced the legacy of TriStar Summit and inspired the next generation of healthcare professionals he has worked with throughout his career," she continued. "Because of the dedicated work of Jeff and his entire team, TriStar Summit is well-positioned to continue serving as a healthcare leader in serving the Wilson County community."
During his tenure at TriStar Summit, Whitehorn led expansion and growth efforts to meet the healthcare needs of a growing suburb east of Nashville. As the need for emergency room services continued to increase, Whitehorn received approval from the state for an expanded emergency room at the hospital and then later an addition of a free-standing emergency room that will be built in Mt. Juliet. He also led efforts to expand outpatient services at Summit Surgery Center; add outpatient imaging and diagnostic centers in Hermitage, Lebanon and Mt. Juliet; and bring radiation therapy for cancer treatment closer to home for patients in the local community through what is now Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at TriStar Summit.
Under Whitehorn's leadership at TriStar Southern Hills, TriStar Health received approval from the state to build TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna. The opening of this new hospital brought healthcare to an underserved and growing community in northern Rutherford County.
Whitehorn is also actively engaged in the community, where he currently serves as president of Leadership Donelson-Hermitage and is a former president and member of the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce. Whitehorn is an active member of his church, Brentwood Hills Church of Christ, where he has served as a deacon since 2000. He is also a Sunday School teacher and member of the Missions Committee.
The search for Whitehorn's successor will begin immediately.