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New CEOs Named at Shelby and Walker Baptist Medical Center

Mar 22, 2017


Kate Darden
Vice President, Marketing & Communications

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – March 21, 2017 – Brookwood Baptist Health is pleased to announce multiple leadership changes at our hospitals. Mike Rickman has been named chief executive officer at Shelby Baptist Medical Center. He succeeds Bob Phillips, who recently returned as chief executive officer at Walker Baptist Medical Center. They both begin their new roles effective immediately.

 “Mike and Bob are proven leaders and we are confident they will lead our hospitals to even greater heights in our commitment to deliver high quality healthcare to our patients and their families,” says Keith Parrot, President of Brookwood Baptist Health.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to come to a facility that is such a valuable asset for Brookwood Baptist Health,” says Rickman. “I’m eager to start working with the outstanding physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who make this hospital so important to our community “

Rickman most recently served as regional chief development officer for the Tenet Eastern Region-Central Division. Before joining the regional leadership team, he served as chief development officer of Brookwood Medical Center. Before joining Tenet, Rickman was co-founder and chief operating officer for Practice Partners in Healthcare, Inc., a startup company focused on the management and minority ownership of Ambulatory Surgery Centers. He also previously served as senior vice president of the ambulatory surgery division of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, a company he spent more than 13 years with. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama. He is affiliated with the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and the American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

“I am excited to return to Walker Baptist Medical Center,” says Phillips. “I look forward to continue to build on the outstanding progress we have made in clinical quality, patient satisfaction, and financial performance. I care deeply about this hospital and the community it serves.”

Before serving as CEO at Shelby Baptist, Phillips spent several years as CEO at Walker Baptist. Previous to joining Walker, Phillips served as executive director of operations for Baptist Health Centers for six years, also having served as senior director of patient financial services and operations director since joining the Brookwood Baptist Health System in 2000. He began his career in healthcare in 1997 with North Mississippi Health Services in Tupelo, Mississippi after completing an administrative residency with that organization.  Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and master’s degrees in healthcare administration and business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He recently served as the Chairman of the Alabama Hospital Association Image Task Force and Price Transparency Task Force and he currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce. 

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