Tennessee Hospital Association

Vice President, Rural Health

Tennessee Hospital Association


Job Summary

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Experienced rural healthcare leader with the expertise and relationships to advise THA staff and members on policy and regulatory matters impacting small and rural hospitals in Tennessee. This position serves as THA’s primary staff liaison to 65 acute-care small and rural hospitals and coordinates technical assistance to these facilities on a variety of operational, financial, and regulatory matters. The role also oversees the programs of the Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development (TCWD), a non-profit, wholly owned subsidiary of THA that provides incentives for healthcare workers to practice in rural and underserved communities in Tennessee.

Job Responsibilities


  1. Liaison with Small and Rural Hospitals
    1. Responsible for working with the THA CEO to create and provide an appropriate welcome and orientation to THA for new hospital CEOs in the small and rural constituency.
    2. Facilitates regular meetings of the small and rural constituency and develops a strategy and cadence for communicating with these facilities.
    3. Identifies annual priorities for small and rural hospitals and develops strategies to meet those needs.
    4. Leads the development of the THA Small and Rural Conference and hosts this annual event each spring.
    5. Implements membership recruitment and retention strategies.
  2. Rural Health Issues Subject Matter Expert
    1. Stays abreast of evolving rural health landscape at both the state and federal levels.
    2. Assists with analysis of legislation and regulation impacting small and rural hospitals and supports the understanding and advocacy strategy of THA’s state government affairs and federal relations leads.
    3. Collaborates with appropriate THA staff to develop position papers and action plans for issues that impact small and rural hospitals.



  1. Collaboration with State Office of Rural Health
    1. Manages Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program grant from the Tennessee Department of Health.
      1. Serves as the lead on a five-year, approximately $2 million grant.
      2. Manages subcontractors that provide technical assistance and data analysis to critical access hospitals (CAH).
      3. Holds monthly meetings with CAH representatives and THA consultants to assist CAH hospitals with a range of quality, financial, and revenue cycle matters.
    2. Seeks and manages additional grant funding as appropriate.
  2. Serves as the Association’s Lead on Workforce Issues
    1. VP of Rural Health also serves as Executive Director of TCWD, THA’s wholly owned non-profit subsidiary focused on increasing the supply of key healthcare workers in rural and underserved communities.
    2. Manages annual $7.5 million graduate medical education (GME) contract with TennCare in coordination with THA chief financial officer.
    3. Works with the TCWD Board of Directors to determine the priorities of TCWD and develop a strategic plan. Implements the plan and reports to the Board on the results.
    4. Serves as liaison with higher education institutions.


  1. Coordinates with THA VP of Financial Policy regarding the distribution of TennCare CAH payments.
  2. Coordinates with THA AVP of Member Services on hospital trustee development programs.
  3. Manages periodic distribution of DUI Interlock funds.
  4. Serves as the Association’s representative to multiple external organizations with a rural focus.


(Positions within Rural Health/TCWD)

  • AVP, Operations
  • Workforce Network Development Director
  • Director of Workforce Development
  • Program Coordinator (currently vacant)
  • Marketing Coordinator (currently vacant)



  1. Education requirement:

Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree preferred.

  1. Experience requirement:

10 years of professional employment experience in healthcare, rural development, or related field. Experience in hospital management and/or public administration desired.


  1. In-depth understanding of rural hospital or healthcare operational, financial, regulatory, and policy challenges.
  2. In depth knowledge of and/or connection to rural Tennessee.
  3. Excellent relationship skills and the ability to represent THA and its members with professionalism and the utmost integrity at all times.
  4. Experience running organizations or complex programs, including successfully managing budgets, organizing large amounts of information, and consistently meeting deadlines.
  5. Experience managing consultants and large contracts.
  6. Outstanding problem-solving skills and the ability to navigate political, policy, and financial considerations simultaneously.
  7. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  8. Must have excellent presentation skills.
  9. Must have the ability to take complex issues and explain them in an appropriate manner based on the knowledge level of the audience.

Additional Information


medical, dental, vision & life insurance

short-term and long term disability insurance


Paid time off

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and apply through https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/759529/Tennessee-Hospital-Association/Vice-President-Rural-Health.


  • Date Posted: October 8, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Working Hours: M-F, 8:00 am-4:45 pm