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Thursday, September 13, 2012 - Gordon Lintz Named Chief Administrator at MHHS

Gordon Lintz has been named president and chief administrative officer of Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, and will provide strategic and operational leadership for the hospital and its affiliated organizations, effective June11. He succeeds Jeremy Biggs, acting president of the hospital, who will resume his previous responsibilities as vice president of operations for Covenant Health.

            For the past four years Lintz has served as president and chief administrative officer of Thompson Cancer Survival Center and Thompson Oncology Group. Thompson Cancer Survival Center comprises 12 locations throughout East Tennessee. He has also had leadership responsibilities for Covenant HomeCare, Hospice and Medical Equipment; Covenant Health Senior Services, and oversight of Covenant Health research, including clinical trials.

            During his tenure Thompson has opened infusion centers and implemented a Gamma Knife program at the Thompson Cancer Survival Center downtown.  Lintz also oversaw linear accelerator and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) installations within Covenant Health. He was responsible for oncology/hematology physician recruitment for Covenant Health, and Thompson recently signed an agreement to manage the cancer center at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. An additional Thompson office will open at the new Roane Medical Center in Harriman in 2013.

            At the same time, Lintz worked with Thompson staff to maintain patient satisfaction above the 90th percentile of a national database, and was recognized with top awards for patient satisfaction. He oversaw implementation of an oncology quality program, a productivity system, and the redesign of the infusion delivery system. Lintz has helped Covenant Hospice double the size of its program, and he participated in the development of a Covenant Health palliative care program. He has continued to expand other patient support services at Thompson. “Gordon Lintz has extensive clinical expertise and leadership experience, but he also has a strong ability to align services and processes to accomplish ‘big picture’ goals,” said Tony Spezia, Covenant Health president and CEO. “His specific accomplishments in leading our cancer services and other areas have been significant, yet he has always kept both the health system mission of community service and excellent patient care at the forefront of his responsibilities.”

           “I have had several opportunities to meet and work with physicians and employees at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System,” Lintz said. “I’m looking forward to being part of the hospital and its legacy of providing excellent healthcare to Morristown and the surrounding community.”

Prior to joining Covenant Health, Lintz served as an administrator at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, where his responsibilities included serving as administrator of Baptist Centers for Cancer Care and a skilled nursing facility. During his tenure he oversaw various ancillary and support services and expanded outpatient diagnostic services. He developed a palliative care program and inpatient hospice, ran cancer centers in strategic geographic areas, developed a robotic surgery program, worked with physician residents, and developed department manager and medical staff education programs. 

Lintz holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., a bachelor of science degree from Wake Forest University, and a nursing degree from Southwest Tennessee Community College. He is active in various professional and civic organizations, has served as a board member of the American Cancer Society, Cancer Support Community and other agencies, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.