Executive Team

GHS Executive Team for FY17

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Spence M. Taylor, MD, President, joined Greenville Health System in 1992. He is responsible for leading this highly integrated system, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare providers in the Southeast with seven medical campuses (GHS also is part owner of Baptist Easley), over 150 physician practice sites, nearly 15,500 employees and operating revenues exceeding $2 billion.

Before assuming his current leadership role at GHS, Dr. Taylor served as the system’s Vice President of Physician Engagement and President of the GHS Clinical University. He also has served as GHS’ Vice President of Academics, Executive Director of the University Medical Group, and chairman and program director for the Department of Surgery.

Under his leadership, GHS has experienced unprecedented growth and advancement in academics, including the opening of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, development of a unique education and research model called GHS Clinical University, and designation as an academic health center. He led the expansion of the general surgery residency, creation of the state’s only vascular surgery residency, and development of a minimal access surgery fellowship and vascular medicine fellowship.

In addition to his roles with GHS, Dr. Taylor serves in a leadership capacity for several professional groups. He is vice chair of the American Board of Surgery and will serve as chair beginning in 2018. He also is immediate past president and current council member for the Southern Surgical Association.

Dr. Taylor is a practicing surgeon certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery, general vascular surgery. He also is a registered vascular technologist. Dr. Taylor has authored numerous book chapters, abstracts and journal articles. He also holds the academic appointment of professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia and Clemson University.

Dr. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in biochemistry from Clemson University and a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed his internship and general surgery residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and a residency in peripheral vascular surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

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Gregory J. Rusnak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, joined Greenville Health System in 1996. In this role, Rusnak provides system-wide leadership for GHS’ hospitals and ambulatory sites, as well as operational oversight for a 1,600+ member employed and affiliated multi-specialty physician organization and the post-acute continuum. His scope of responsibilities spans several corporate support departments including financial services, supply chain, human resources and diversity, information services, quality and safety and population health administration. In addition, he sits on numerous healthcare and community-based boards such as the Care Coordination Institute and MyHealth First Network®.

Before joining GHS, Rusnak held senior-level positions with Sutter Health in Northern California and served as a hospital administrator at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Rusnak is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the South Carolina Hospital Association.  He earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in biology from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in health services administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

H. Howell Clyborne Jr., Chief of Staff and Vice President of Community and Governmental Affairs, joined Greenville Health System in 1998. Clyborne serves as the president’s senior advisor for strategic organizational planning and development and is responsible for the system’s public relations, physician relations and governmental affairs.

Before joining GHS, he served as deputy chief of staff of the Office of the Governor of South Carolina and as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Clyborne is a member of the South Carolina Economic Board of Advisors and was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by the Governor of South Carolina in 1994 and 1997. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in political science from the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg.

D. Douglas Dorman, Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resource Officer, joined Greenville Health System in 1995. Dorman is responsible for the health system’s employment, employee relations, compensation, benefits, employee education, diversity, child care services, employee health and language services.

Before joining GHS, he served as vice president of human resources for Horizon Hospital System in western Pennsylvania.

Dorman is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow and certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in religion from Middlebury College in Vermont and a master’s degree in business administration from the University System of New Hampshire.

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Jim Ellis, MD, Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Clinical Chief of Staff, joined Greenville Health System in 2008. In this role, Dr. Ellis serves as the chief clinical strategic advisor and counsel to the GHS president and senior leadership regarding internal and external clinical issues, processes, procedures and communications. His focus is on relationship management of GHS’ employed physician group, as well as advanced practice providers and clinical staff.

Before his current role, Dr. Ellis served as the medical director of GHS’ employed physician group. In his early years at GHS, Dr. Ellis helped build GHS’ convenient care network, which now consists of more than 30 physicians practicing at multiple locations serving approximately 100,000 patients annually. Prior to coming to GHS, he founded an emergency medicine group in Atlanta that, at the time, was the largest single specialty private group in Georgia with more than 40 emergency physicians.

He has a professional interest in venue medicine having worked with the NFL, NCAA, MLB, NASCAR, LPGA, World Cup Soccer, and both Summer and Winter Olympic Games. He has coordinated team medical care for the NFL at the Super Bowl with Medical Sports Group for more than 20 years and worked 13 seasons as an associate team physician for the Atlanta Falcons.

Dr. Ellis received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina. He obtained his medical degree from Louisiana State University and completed an emergency medicine residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans in 1988. He is an assistant professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and faculty with GHS’ Steadman Hawkins Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Ellis practices clinically at GHS’ MD360® Convenient Care.

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Terri T. Newsom, Vice President of Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer, joined Greenville Health System in March 2011. Newsom is responsible for all financial functions of the health system and its affiliates, including accounting, treasury, budgeting, revenue cycle, contracting, corporate integrity, facilities development and supply chain services.

Before joining GHS, she was the associate vice president for ambulatory care finance at Duke University Health System and the divisional Chief Financial Officer of Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Newsom has been involved in health care since 1991 when she joined Duke University Hospital as a senior budget and financial analysis analyst. While at Duke, she served on the boards of community and civic organizations and also was a member of the North Carolina Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

She earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting from Appalachian State University and is a certified public accountant.

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Rich Rogers, Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer, joined Greenville Health System in 2012. He is responsible for the planning, implementation and management of information technology, clinical engineering and resources supporting the health system. Rogers has more than 20 years of experience in health information technology management.

Before joining GHS, he served as senior vice president/CIO for Health First in Melbourne, Florida, as vice president of MIS for Lakeland Regional Health System in St. Joseph, Michigan, and as a healthcare consultant with IBM.

Rogers is an active member in the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He received an MBA from Pace University in New York and a bachelor’s degree with a major in business administration from SUNY Oswego.

Tod Tappert, Vice President for Culture and Learning and the system’s Chief Learning Officer, joined Greenville Health System in 2007. Among his key responsibilities, Tappert leads the GHS Academy of Leadership and Professional Development and is responsible for education and professional development initiatives for the organization’s nearly 15,500 employees. A distinguishing feature of the Greenville Health System is its commitment to leadership development across the organization. Tappert works to integrate principles of Conscious Professionalism/Conscious Leadership into the GHS leadership culture and serves as an internal and external resource and speaker for a variety of healthcare leadership topics.

Before joining GHS, Tappert worked at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System where he served as senior staff to the CEO. He has over 30 years of experience in health administration and planning/public policy, including executive and leadership positions at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Greater Illinois Chapter, the Joint Commission and the American Hospital Association-affiliated Society for Ambulatory Care Professionals. He also served as a strategic planner and senior health policy analyst at the American Medical Association. Early in his career, as part of the Presidential Management Fellowship Program, he worked in health policy and budgeting roles with the federal government.

Tappert earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. In addition, he holds two master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota—one in public health administration from its School of Public Health and one in public policy and planning from its Humphrey Institute of Public Policy.

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Michelle Taylor-Smith, RN, MSN, NE-BC, FACHE, Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing and Experience Officer, joined Greenville Health System in 2011. Taylor-Smith is responsible for strategic and operational leadership, while ensuring safe, high-quality patient- and family-centered care throughout the health system.

Before joining GHS, Taylor-Smith served as senior vice president of patient services and chief nurse executive at TriHealth, Inc., in Cincinnati, and vice president and chief nursing officer for St. John Health in Michigan.

She is a member of a number of organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives and Health Advisory Board. She has served on the executive committees of the United Way, Lymphoma Societies, YWCA Board of Trustees, and advisory boards of Xavier University and the Medical College of Ohio.

Taylor-Smith earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo and a master’s degree in nursing and business administration from the Medical College of Ohio. She is a board-certified nurse administrator and a Fellow in the American College of Health Executives.

She currently serves on the South Carolina College of Health Executive Board of Trustees, Greenville Free Clinic and on the Community Advisory Board, Clemson University.

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Brenda J. Thames, EdD, Vice President of Academic and Faculty Affairs, joined Greenville Health System in 2007. In this role, Dr. Thames provides executive leadership for academics at GHS and its shared academic health center, which includes setting strategic direction and facilitating inter-institutional collaboration among GHS and its academic partners to ensure a vibrant learning environment that supports education and research initiatives. She also is responsible for building public/private partnerships to promote programs and initiatives that link education, research and patient care. She leads strategic academic initiatives that require collaboration among GHS clinical professionals and university faculty to expand healthcare education and research.

Before joining GHS, Dr. Thames served as associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Health, Education and Human Development at Clemson University.

Dr. Thames serves on numerous boards and committees representing the voice of health care, particularly from education and workforce perspectives. She earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in home economics from Mississippi State University as well as a master’s degree in guidance and counseling and a doctorate in vocational and technical education from Clemson University.

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Jerry R. Youkey, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of Greenville Health System and Dean of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, joined GHS in 1998. Dr. Youkey is responsible for the operational initiatives and strategic direction of all graduate and professional studies offered at GHS.

Before joining GHS, Dr. Youkey served as chief of the department of surgery and director of the peripheral vascular fellowship program at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. He also served in the United States Army Medical Corps and was honorably discharged in 1984 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Dr. Youkey is certified by the American Board of Surgery in general vascular surgery. He is a member of several professional societies and has authored numerous books, abstracts and journal articles. He holds the academic appointment of clinical professor and dean at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.

Dr. Youkey earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in biology from Stanford University and a medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He served a rotating internship and general surgery residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, and a fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.