GHS Executive Team
Spence M. Taylor, MD
Gregory J. Rusnak
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
James Ellis, MD
Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Clinical Chief of Staff
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Central Region
George F. Maynard III
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Terri T. Newsom
Vice President of Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer
Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer
Vice President of Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Experience Officer
Brenda J. Thames, EdD
Vice President of Academic and Faculty Affairs
Strategic Coordinating Organization Executive Team
Greenville Health System is part of a health company led by the Strategic Coordinating Organization (SCO). The SCO provides strategic direction and corporate services to its affiliates, including GHS.
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 eight medical campuses (GHS is part owner of Baptist Easley), over 150 physician practice sites, 14,800 employees and operating revenues of $2.3 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-elect 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 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.
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 this employed 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 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.
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’ urgent care network, which now consists of more than 30 physicians practicing at four 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.
Paul Johnson, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Central Region, joined Greenville Health System in 2011. Johnson oversees operations of GHS’ Greenville Memorial Medical Campus, North Greenville Medical Campus, Patewood Medical Campus and Simpsonville Medical Campus, as well as 142 practice sites and other health services offered in the Central Region.
Before his vice president role at GHS, Johnson served as president of GHS’ Greenville Memorial Medical Campus. Prior to coming to GHS, he served as interim president and CEO and COO for Saint Joseph Health System in Atlanta. He also served as executive vice president for operations for WellStar Health System in Marietta, Georgia, and as president and CEO for Cobb Hospital and Medical Center in Austell, Georgia. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and master’s in health administration from Duke University. He currently serves on the boards of the South Carolina Hospital Association, United Ministries and the Palmetto Region American Red Cross.
George F. Maynard III, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, joined Greenville Health System in 2003. Maynard is responsible for generating philanthropic revenue in support of the health system’s strategic plan and providing corporate leadership for the Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy.
Before joining GHS, Maynard served as a philanthropy consultant to several non-profit organizations and as president of the Orlando Health Foundation in Florida.
Maynard is a Fellow in the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and, in 2007, received the Harold J. “Si” Seymour award for distinguished service to AHP and the field of philanthropy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree in social work administration from the University of Tennessee.
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 in accounting from Appalachian State University and is a certified public accountant.
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 and the Health Information Management Systems Society. He received an MBA from Pace University in New York and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from SUNY Oswego.
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 Board of Trustees for South Carolina College of Healthcare Executives and on the Community Advisory Board for Clemson University. She also is 2017 Vice Chair of the Greenville Free Medical Clinic.
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 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.
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 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.
Strategic Coordinating Organization Executive Team
Michael C. Riordan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Strategic Coordinating Organization (SCO). In this role, Riordan is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the health company and its affiliates, including GHS.
Before the formation of the health company, Riordan served as President and CEO of GHS for 10 years. Under his leadership, GHS has become one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the region with eight medical campuses (GHS is part owner of Baptist Easley), over 150 physician practice sites, nearly 15,000 employees and operating revenues exceeding $2 billion.
Before joining GHS, Riordan served as President and CEO of the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System and as senior associate hospital administrator for Emory University Hospital and Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He also served three years in the United States Marine Corps as a lieutenant.
Riordan currently serves on the governing boards of the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, and Health Sciences South Carolina. He is Chairman of the Furman University Board of Trustees and serves on the board of Liberty Fellowship, an incubator for leadership in South Carolina.
Joseph J. Blake Jr. is a Vice President and the Chief Legal Officer of the SCO. Blake provides legal support primarily related to the development of the health company’s business relationships and the SCO Board of Directors. He also oversees the work of the health company’s legal department, which provides legal support to the health company’s affiliates.
Before the formation of the health company, Blake was Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel for Greenville Health System for nine years. Blake previously served as shareholder and managing partner of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., a law firm in Greenville, South Carolina, specializing in corporate and healthcare law. While there, he served as lead corporate attorney for GHS for more than 15 years and was listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for more than a decade.
Blake is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the American Healthcare Lawyer’s Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and a Juris Doctor degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Malcolm Isley is a Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of the SCO. In this role, Isley oversees strategy development for the health company and its affiliates, including GHS, as well as strategic planning, business and network development, marketing, affiliations, and mergers and acquisitions. He also serves as President of Initiant Health Collaborative, an organization aimed at reducing costs and increasing efficiencies for its member organizations. Members include GHS, McLeod Health, Medical University of South Carolina, Palmetto Health and Self Regional Healthcare.
Before the formation of the health company, Isley was Vice President of Strategic Services for Greenville Health System for nine years. Prior to that, he served as Associate Vice President of Business and Network Development for Duke University Health System.
Isley received a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in Health Administration from Duke University.
Angelo Sinopoli, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of the SCO. In this role, Dr. Sinopoli is responsible for clinical care and the development of clinical integration and population health strategy for the health company and its affiliates, including GHS. With GHS, he provides leadership and guidance across a highly integrated delivery system of more than 1,800 providers to improve care delivery and promote operational efficiency, oversees the implementation and outcomes for population health and clinical integration activities, and drives GHS’ value-based contracting strategy with insurers and employers.
Previously, Dr. Sinopoli served as Vice President of Clinical Integration and Chief Medical Officer for GHS. In this role, he directed all system clinical and physician operations, provided leadership across the care continuum in advancing population health, and led GHS’ development of clinical and operational competencies necessary for healthcare transformation, driving innovative change to enable a new model of care to foster healthy patients and communities while accomplishing the Triple Aim.
He is a key leader regionally and nationally in the evolution of value-based care. Dr. Sinopoli serves on numerous committees and advisory groups focused on healthcare delivery and transformation. He is one of 24 Guiding Committee members for the CMS Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN) and is co-chair of LAN’s Data Infrastructure Action Collaborative. He is part of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, the ACO Learning Network and The Leader’s Board for Population Health Management. As a nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Sinopoli also presents on population health and healthcare transformation across the U.S.
Dr. Sinopoli earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Carolina and a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He holds a professorship position at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.