Board of Directors
Jeffrey Lindsey, DMD,
Robert Pitts, MD
President and CEO, Tanner Health System
Loy Howard is only the fifth administrator/CEO in Tanner’s 50-year history. Howard came to Tanner as president and CEO in 1994 from the Union Hospital District in Union, S.C., where he had served as CEO and CFO.
Howard is a certified public accountant. He earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of West Florida. He is also a graduate of Leadership South Carolina.
Since coming to Tanner, Howard has served as chairman of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, been a member of Atlanta Business Chronicle's "Who's Who in Atlanta" 2006-2010, and earned the Georgia Hospital Association’s Chairman Award in 2014, the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year award in 2008, the Chamber's Horizon Award in 2002 and the Visionary Award from the Follow Me Foundation in 2000.
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Tanner Health System
Bill Hines manages Tanner Health System’s 163 multispecialty provider group comprised of 46 locations in west Georgia and east Alabama. He is also responsible for support services, including human resources, construction, property management, physician recruiting, home health, hospice, materials management, managed care contracting and the 250-member physician hospital organization (PHO) for the four-hospital system.
He co-founded Cypress Healthcare Partners in 1996, a management service organization based in Monterey, Calif. He has held senior leadership positions with publicly-traded healthcare companies, Helian Health Group Inc. as corporate president and CEO eastern region, as well as and vice president, regional director for American Medical International's wholly-owned subsidiary, Ambulatory Centers Inc. Hines earned his master's degree in business administration from Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management.
William C. “Bill” Waters IV, MD
Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Operations Officer, Tanner Health System
William C. “Bill” Waters, MD, joined Tanner in 2003 as an intensivist and medical director of the 12-bed intensive care unit at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton, where he succeeded in setting a new standard for patient outcomes and providing an unparalleled level of patient care.
Dr. Waters was appointed to the senior leadership role of chief medical officer in 2007, where is he now responsible for a wide range of quality and process improvement initiatives, working to recruit and retain medical staff, overseeing infection prevention policies and procedures and more.
He has also been instrumental in developing and recruiting physicians to join Tanner Intensive Medical Services, delivering hospitalist services at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton and Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica and nocturnist services at Higgins General Hospital in Bremen.
Dr. Waters is board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology. He earned his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine and completed his specialty training in nephrology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He completed his residency at the Emory University School of Medicine and the University of Alabama Medical Center. He was named a Hospital Hero by the Georgia Hospital Association in 2006.
Benjamin J. “Ben” Camp, MD
Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, Tanner Health System
Ben Camp, MD, serves as the senior vice president of medical affairs at Tanner Health System. His previous roles at Tanner have included: chairman of the Credentials Committee, chairman of Peer and Process Review, member of the Bylaws Committee and Tanner Health System chief of staff.
Dr. Camp is board-certified in emergency medicine and has served as medical director and medical operations leader of the Emergency Department at Tanner Health System. He earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Dartmouth Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., and completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Colorado/Denver General Hospital.
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Tanner Health System
Carol S. Crews, CPA, has climbed the ladder at Tanner Health System for 25 years, joining the organization in 1991 as a staff accountant and rising to senior accountant, controller, vice president of finance and — upon the retirement of the previous long-time CFO — senior vice president and chief financial officer. As CFO of Tanner, Crews oversees all business-related activity for the system, including budgets, audits and governmental filings. Her areas of responsibility include accounting, payroll, patient financial services, patient registration and scheduling, health information management, revenue integrity and more. Crews earned her bachelor's in business administration in accounting from the University of West Georgia, where she graduated magna cum laude, and later earned her certified public accountant (CPA) certification. She is a member of the west Georgia chapter of the Georgia Society of CPAs, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Georgia Hospital Association.
Senior Vice President, Tanner Medical Group, Tanner Health System
Susan Fox joined Tanner Health System in 1996 as program director for Tanner Occupational Health, a newly formed program to develop comprehensive health and wellness services for west Georgia employers. In 2012, Fox was appointed vice president of operations for Tanner Medical Group, one of metro Atlanta's largest multi-specialty physician groups. She has been instrumental in developing Tanner's NCQA Level 3-Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home initiative for the coordination of primary care services. She also spearheaded the development of urgent care clinics in Tanner's primary service areas in Carrollton, Villa Rica and Bremen.
Fox was promoted to senior vice president in 2014, and her operational responsibilities comprise administrative oversight of Tanner Medical Group, Tanner Home Health, Tanner Hospice Care and Tanner Advanced Wound Center. She is a certified procedural coder and an NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Content Expert. Prior to joining Tanner Health System, Fox served as regional finance director for the Atlanta region for publicly-traded Helian Health Group Inc. and as reimbursement manager for Healthfield Inc., a home health agency.
James D. “Jim” Griffith
Senior Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, Tanner Health System
Jim Griffith serves as chief operating officer of Tanner Health System. He came to Tanner after almost 15 years of progressive leadership at Salinas Valley Memorial Health System (SVMHS) in Salinas, Calif., culminating as the system’s COO responsible for hospital operations, strategic planning, physician alignment and growth initiatives.
Griffith oversees administrative functions for Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton, Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica and Higgins General Hospital in Bremen, as well as clinical program development for the health system and other strategic initiatives.
Griffith grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn., and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in speech communications. He received his master’s in business administration in international management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Griffith is also a fellow of the Advisory Board, having completed the Academy Fellowship.
Deborah Matthews, RN, BSN, MHA, FACHE
Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Tanner Health System
Deborah Matthews was promoted to senior vice president, chief nursing officer for Tanner Health System in 2014. Her goal is for professional nursing to impact patient care, utilizing caring staff, teamwork and collaboration, best practices and participation in research to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and employee satisfaction. She is board-certified in healthcare administration and holds the status of Fellow through the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Beginning in 2007, she served as administrator of Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica for five years and then as administrator of Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton for two-and-a-half years. She was responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the hospitals. In 2012, she also became part of the charter dyad as lead administrative accountability officer, overseeing the operational side of the anesthesia dyad, emergency department dyad, oncology dyad, hospital medicine dyad and cardiology dyad. These efforts were in partnership with the medical staff arm of the dyad structure.
Matthews joined Tanner Health System as a charge nurse at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton in 1985. She later served as nurse manager of pediatrics and as clinical support division director at the hospital before being named director of nursing at Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica in 1996.
As director of nursing at Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica, Matthews cultivated a nursing department that grew from 40 to about 190 nurses and impressed upon her team the importance of providing outstanding service to patients and their loved ones. She played a key role in the design and construction project for the new hospital that opened in 2003.
Matthews began her nursing career in 1976 as a registered nurse after graduating from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in healthcare administration.
Wayne Senfeld, Ed.S., LPC
Senior Vice President, Business Development and Behavioral Health, Tanner Health System
Wayne Senfeld joined Tanner in 1998 as a program manager for the partial hospitalization program (PHP) at the Tanner Center for Behavioral Health in Carrollton. He worked his way up to assistant director, then director, and was promoted in 2008 to the position of administrator of Willowbrooke at Tanner, which opened in 2009 in Villa Rica and was, at that time, the first new behavioral health hospital built in Georgia in at least 20 years.
In 2010, Senfeld accepted GHA’s Community Leadership Award on behalf of Tanner Medical Center and Willowbrooke at Tanner. In 2011, then-Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Senfeld to a committee to evaluate and update the state’s Certificate of Need law, and he was elected to the Georgia Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees. He currently serves as the GHA’s board chair for the Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Division committee.
In 2012, Senfeld was promoted to senior vice president of behavioral health and business development for Tanner Health System. He is now responsible for Willowbrooke at Tanner’s inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services, as well as for developing and promoting growth and expansion for Tanner Health System.
Senfeld received a 2012 GHA Healthcare Heroes Award for his rigorous advocacy of patient care in the area of mental health and his outstanding progress in behavioral health program growth in the west Georgia area.
Denise L. Taylor
Senior Vice President, Chief Community Health, Strategy and Brand Officer, Tanner Health System
Denise Taylor joined Tanner Health System in 1989, establishing Tanner Medical Foundation and serving as the foundation’s president and CEO.
In her current role as chief community health, strategy and brand officer, Taylor’s responsibilities include the health system’s community benefit and preventative health efforts, such as the Get Healthy, Live Well initiative for which Tanner earned a 2014 Community Leadership Award from the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA). She is also responsible for the health system’s marketing, branding and public relations efforts, strategic planning, employee wellness initiatives, learning and educational development and volunteer services.
Previously, Taylor served as the director of financial development for the YWCA of Greater Atlanta, as well as the director of development for West Penn Hospital, where she was responsible for the hospital’s marketing efforts and founded the Pittsburg-based hospital’s foundation. She also served as director of annual giving at the St. John Medical Center Foundation in Tulsa, Okla.
Taylor earned certifications in planned gifts, capital campaigns and major gifts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s in business administration and marketing from the University of West Georgia. She is a member of the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, and is a founding board member of the Community Children’s Home.
Brad White, MD
Chief of Staff
Christopher Arant, MD
Vice Chief of Staff