Executive Team

GREENVILLE HEALTH SYSTEM EXECUTIVE TEAM

Spence Taylor

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, over 180 physician practice sites, more than 14,000 employees including over 1,100 physicians and providers, and operating revenues of approximately $2.3 billion. Before taking 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 has also 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 one-of-a-kind education and research model called the GHS Clinical University, and designation as an academic health center. He also led the expansion of the general surgery residency, creating the state’s only vascular surgery residency, and developing a minimal access surgery fellowship and vascular medicine fellowship.

In addition to his roles with GHS, Dr. Taylor serves in a leadership capacity for a number of professional organizations. Currently, he is vice chair-elect of the American Board of Surgery and will serve as chair beginning in 2018. He is also 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, and is a registered vascular technologist. He 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, South Carolina. 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 Rusnak

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 operational oversight for a 1,600+ member employed multi-specialty physician organization and the post-acute continuum. His scope of responsibilities spans across 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 (CCI) and MyHealth First Network (MyHFN).

Prior to joining GHS, Rusnak held senior-level positions with Sutter Health in Northern California and served as a hospital administrator at the University of Texas M.D. 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.

Howell Clyborne

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 in political science from the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg.

Doug Dorman

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. Prior to 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 in religion from Middlebury College in Vermont and a master’s degree in business administration from the University System of New Hampshire.

James Ellis

James 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 advance practice providers and clinical staff.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Ellis served as Medical Director of GHS’ employed physician group, which includes more than 1,500 providers. In his early years at GHS, Dr. Ellis helped build GHS’ urgent care network, which now consists of more than 32 physicians practicing at four locations serving approximately 100,000 patients annually. Before coming to GHS, he founded an emergency medicine group in Atlanta that, at the time, was the largest single specialty private group in the state of Georgia with more than 40 emergency physicians.

Dr. Ellis 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 a GHS Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and faculty with the Steadman Hawkins Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Ellis practices clinically at GHS’ MD360 Convenient Care.

Paul Johnson

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.

Prior to his vice president role at GHS, Johnson served as president of GHS’ Greenville Memorial Medical Campus. Before coming to GHS, he served as interim president and CEO and chief operating officer for Saint Joseph Health System in Atlanta. He also served as executive vice president for operations for WellStar Health System in Marietta, GA, and as president and CEO for Cobb Hospital and Medical Center in Austell, GA. 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.

Terri Newsom

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. Prior to 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 was also 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.

Scott Porter

Scott Porter, MD, MBA, FACS, Vice President of Equity and Inclusion, joined Greenville Health System in 2009. In this role, Dr. Porter works to engage employees and the community in the planning and development of programs that grow cultural competence. He also works to build pipeline and leadership programs for students and employees and create health and cultural parities within GHS and the communities it serves.

Dr. Porter is an orthopaedic oncologist. He is also a clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, an adjunct professor in the department of bioengineering for the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University and a consulting physician for Shriners Hospitals for Children-Greenville. He serves on the board of the American Orthopaedic Association and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Aspen Global Leadership Network and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is past president of the South Carolina Orthopaedic Society and a former residency program director in the department of orthopaedic surgery at GHS.

Dr. Porter earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and his medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at Carolinas Medical Center and his fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Chicago. He also earned a MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Rich Rogers

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. Prior to joining GHS, he served as the 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 in business administration from SUNY Oswego.

William Schmidt

William Schmidt, MD, PhD, Vice President of Development for the GHS Health Sciences Center (HSC), joined Greenville Health System in 1990. Dr. Schmidt leads the coordination of a comprehensive plan for philanthropy with the four HSC partners – GHS, Clemson University, Furman University and the University of South Carolina. He also serves as physician leader for GHS’ Office of Philanthropy and Partnership.

Dr. Schmidt is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist. He has served as chairman of GHS’ Department of Pediatrics and as medical director of GHS Children’s Hospital since 1990. He also served as president of GHS’ Medical Staff and president of GHS’ employed physician group. He is currently president of the S.C. Children’s Hospital Collaborative and serves on the boards of Ronald McDonald House and the Institute for Child Success.

Dr. Schmidt earned his PhD from the Duke University Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency and pediatric hematology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also completed the University of North Carolina Comphealth/Kron Scholars Program on Management in Health Care for Physician Executives.

Tod Tappert

Tod N. Tappert, Vice President of Culture and Learning and System Chief Learning Officer, joined Greenville Health System (GHS) 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 more than 15,000 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.

Tappert came to GHS from 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.

Michelle Taylor Smith

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

Smith 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.

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.

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

Brenda Thames

Brenda J. Thames, Ed.D, 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. This includes setting strategic direction and facilitation of inter-institutional collaboration among GHS and its academic partners to ensure a vibrant learning environment that supports education and research initiatives. She is also 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.

Prior to 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 Youkey

Jerry R. Youkey, M.D., 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. Prior to joining GHS, Dr. Youkey served as chief of the department of surgery and director of the peripheral vascular surgery fellowship program at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. Before that he 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.

REGIONAL LEADERSHIP

Central Region

Paul Johnson

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.

Prior to his vice president role at GHS, Johnson served as president of GHS’ Greenville Memorial Medical Campus. Before coming to GHS, he served as interim president and CEO and chief operating officer for Saint Joseph Health System in Atlanta. He also served as executive vice president for operations for WellStar Health System in Marietta, GA, and as president and CEO for Cobb Hospital and Medical Center in Austell, GA. 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.

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Regional Chief Clinical Officer

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Regional Associate Chief Clinical Officer

Eastern Region

John Mansure, Chief Operating Officer for the Eastern Region, joined Greenville Health System in 1979. Mansure oversees operations of the Eastern Region, which includes GHS’ Greer Medical Campus, as well as physician practices and outpatient programs and services in Greer and Spartanburg County.

Prior to this role, Mansure served as president of GHS’ Greer Medical Campus. Before that, he served as administrator of facilities development, where he was responsible for the construction of GHS’ Greer and Patewood medical campuses, as well as major renovations at GHS’ flagship hospital, Greenville Memorial.

Outside of GHS, Mansure serves as past chair of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce and vice chair of the GHS Federal Credit Union and Greer Middle College Charter School. He also serves on the boards of Greer Partnership for Tomorrow, Cancer Survivor’s Park Alliance, Blue Ridge Council – Boy Scouts of America and Eastside YMCA.

Mansure earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s in health administration from Duke University. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Wendell James, MD
Regional Chief Clinical Officer

George Haddad

George Haddad, MD, Associate Chief Clinical Officer for the Eastern Region, joined Greenville Health System in 2008. Dr. Haddad helps oversee the clinical programs and services in the Eastern Region, which includes GHS’ Greer Medical Campus, as well as several multispecialty physician practices and outpatient programs. He also serves as vice chair of pediatric clinical services within GHS’ Department of Pediatrics and is a practicing pediatrician.

Prior to joining GHS, Dr. Haddad served as chief of staff of Mary Black Hospital, where he helped develop the first statewide pediatric hospice program called Hands of Hope. He has served on numerous civic committees in Spartanburg County and is an active member of the South Carolina chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Haddad holds the academic appointment of assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.

Dr. Haddad earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Furman University and a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his pediatric residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Southern Region

Justin Benfield, Chief Operating Officer for the Southern Region, joined Greenville Health System in 2010. Benfield oversees operations of the Southern Region, which includes GHS’ Laurens County Medical Campus, as well as physician practices and outpatient programs and services in Laurens, Abbeville, Newberry and Greenwood Counties.

Prior to this role, Benfield served as operations director of GHS’ employed physician group. Before that, he served as administrator of Carolina Cardiology Consultants, PA – one of the state’s largest cardiology groups – where he helped the practice expand from 14 to 28 providers serving multiple counties.

Benfield earned his bachelor’s degree in health care management from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a master’s in business administration with a focus in health care from Southern Wesleyan University.

C. David Williams

C. David Williams, III, MD, Chief Clinical Officer for the Southern Region, joined Greenville Health System in 1985. Dr. Williams is responsible for overseeing the Southern Region, which includes the Laurens County Medical Campus, as well as physician practices and outpatient services in the surrounding area. He is also chair of the department of radiology and a practicing diagnostic radiologist with a specialty focus in women’s breast health.

Prior to his role at GHS, Dr. Williams served as president of Greenville Radiology, P.A. from 1992 until 2009.

Dr. Williams currently serves on the GHS Medical Staff Executive Committee. He previously chaired the Greenville Health Corporation Board of Directors and has served as both president and vice president of the GHS Medical Staff. He has also chaired a number of GHS committees, including the Medical Advisory Committee, Medical Staff Performance Improvement Committee, Medical Executive Committee and the Credentials Committee.

Dr. Williams holds faculty appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor in Radiology with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and Clinical Assistant Professor with the School of Health Research at Clemson University. He was also a Clinical Assistant Professor in Radiology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia.

Dr. Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and graduated magna cum laude from Wofford College. He obtained his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, where he was selected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Williams completed his residency in diagnostic radiology and nuclear radiology at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, North Carolina, and is certified by the American Board of Radiology.

Jesse Stafford

Jesse Stafford, MD, Associate Chief Clinical Officer for the Southern Region, joined Greenville Health System in 1988. Dr. Stafford helps oversee the clinical programs and services in the Southern Region, which includes GHS’ Laurens County Medical Campus and a number of physician practices and outpatient programs and services in the surrounding area. He also serves as co-chair of the cost and efficiency performance team, chair of pathology, and medical director of laboratories for the health system. He is a practicing anatomic and clinical pathologist with subspecialty expertise in cytopathology.

Dr. Stafford earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Auburn University and a medical degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He completed his pathology residency at the University of South Alabama and his fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Stafford practiced in Charleston and Birmingham before moving to Greenville.

Western Region

Jeanne Ward, Chief Operating Officer for the Western Region, joined Greenville Health System in 2014. Ward oversees operations of the Western Region, which includes GHS’ Oconee Medical Campus and Baptist Easley Hospital, as well as 30 physician practice sites and other health services offered in the Western Region.

Prior to this role, Ward served as president and CEO of Oconee Medical Center and was instrumental in Oconee’s affiliation with GHS in 2014. Prior to that, she served as vice president of patient care services at Oconee Medical Center.

Ward also served on the faculty of The Joint Commission, where she taught seminars on hospital standards, and as a faculty member for the Clemson University School of Nursing.

Ward currently serves on the board of the Oconee Economic Alliance. She is a long-standing member of the American Hospital Association and previously served on the board of the South Carolina Hospital Association.

Ward obtained her nursing degree from Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing in Pennsylvania, her master’s degree in public health in nursing administration from the University of Minnesota and her doctorate in education from Clemson University.

SCOTT SASSER

Scott M. Sasser, MD, FACEP, Chief Clinical Officer for the Western Region, joined Greenville Health System in 2014. Dr. Sasser helps oversee the clinical programs and services in the Western Region, which includes GHS’ Oconee Medical Campus and Baptist Easley Hospital, as well as 30 physician practice sites and other health services. He is also chair of the department of emergency medicine and a practicing emergency medicine physician.

Before joining GHS, Dr. Sasser spent 12 years at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where his roles included director of global health programs for the department of emergency medicine, director the global health fellowship in emergency medicine, and associate medical director of the emergency department at Emory University Midtown Hospital.

In addition to his roles with GHS, Dr. Sasser has served with and received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the United States Agency for International Development for his work in emergency medical services, emergency preparedness and response, and global health.

Dr. Sasser has authored multiple journal articles, abstracts and book chapters. He has also been invited to give numerous national and international presentations. He currently holds the academic appointments of professor of emergency medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and clinical professor of emergency medicine in the Clemson University School of Health Research.

Dr. Sasser earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Auburn University and a medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his emergency medicine residency and emergency medical services fellowship at Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Sasser is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Larry Bowman, MD
Regional Associate Chief Clinical Officer

CLINICAL LEADERSHIP

Catherine Chang

Catherine Chang, MD, Chief Medical Officer, joined Greenville Health System in 2005. Dr. Chang is also co-chair of the quality and patient safety performance team and medical director of the GHS Patient Referral and Transfer Center. In these roles, Dr. Chang provides medical oversight across the health system to ensure the delivery of safe, coordinated, high quality care.

Prior to serving as CMO, Dr. Chang was medical director of respiratory care, an inpatient pulmonary unit and the intensive care units at GHS’ flagship hospital, Greenville Memorial. She also served as division chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine for the system and as chief medical officer for GHS’ Greenville Memorial Medical Campus.

In addition to her roles within GHS, Dr. Chang serves as chair of the Greenville local steering committee for MyHealth First Network and represents GHS on the board of Baptist Easley Hospital, where she chairs the board’s quality committee.

Dr. Chang holds the academic appointment of assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.

Dr. Chang earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a medical degree from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago. She completed her internal medicine residency and pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at the University of Florida.

Mark Wess, MD, MSc, Chief Clinical Information Officer, joined Greenville Health System in 2012. In this role, Dr. Wess is responsible for strategic planning for the portfolio of applications needed to support the evolving healthcare landscape, facilitating the efficient and effective use of computers and information technology, and overseeing data management and reporting processes for the system.

Dr. Wess has 20 years of patient care and informatics experience. Before joining GHS, he was associate professor at the University of Cincinnati and director of the Center for Health Informatics. He also was physician consultant to Information Systems and Technology at UC Health (formerly The Health Alliance).

In addition to his role at GHS, he serves on the New Ocean Health Solutions Clinical Advisory Board.

Dr. Wess has an undergraduate degree from Xavier University. He obtained his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati, where he was also chief resident. Dr. Wess has a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Donald Wiper

Donald “Chip” Wiper, MD, Chief Clinical Officer for Patient Experience and System Culture, joined Greenville Health System in 2009. In this role, Dr. Wiper shares system-wide responsibility for improving overall patient satisfaction. He also serves as chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and medical director of the GHS Women’s Hospital. In these roles, Dr. Wiper is responsible for all academic, medical staff and physician clinical affairs for inpatient and outpatient obstetrics and gynecology. He is also a practicing gynecologic oncologist.

Before joining GHS, Dr. Wiper worked at the Maine Medical Center as director of the OB/GYN residency program and as assistant chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In addition to his roles at GHS, Dr. Wiper serves on the YMCA Camp Greenville Board of Advisors and is the medical director of Camp Greenville.

Dr. Wiper holds the academic appointment of clinical professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.

Dr. Wiper earned a bachelor’s degree in German literature and economics at Bowdoin College and a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University Medical School. He completed his residency at the University Hospital of Cleveland and then completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Christopher Wright, MD
Chief Medical Affairs Officer

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.

Mike Riordan

Michael C. Riordan, is 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.

Prior to 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, more than 150 physician practice sites, nearly 15,000 employees and operating revenues of approximately $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.

Riordan earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts/English and a master’s degree in education/psychology from Columbia University in New York, as well as a master’s degree in health systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Joseph Blake

Joseph J. Blake, Jr., Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of the Strategic Coordinating Organization (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.

Prior to 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

Malcolm Isley is Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of the Strategic Coordinating Organization (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, which include GHS, McLeod Health, Medical University of South Carolina, Palmetto Health and Self Regional Healthcare.

Prior to 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

Angelo Sinopoli, M.D., is Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of the Strategic Coordinating Organization (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 toward the advancement of 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.

Dr. Sinopoli is a key leader regionally and nationally in driving the value-based care evolution. He 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 the 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.