Gary C. Anderson
Chris Anderson, FACHE, CPA serves as the Market Leader for Mississippi Operations for Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation, which includes responsibility for nine hospitals in central and northern Mississippi. In its Mississippi Division, Baptist has over $1 billion in net revenues and approximately 6,000 employees. From March 2014 to April 2017, Chris served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mississippi Baptist Health Systems. As President of MBHS, Chris was responsible for all operations of MBHS and subsidiaries. Chris served as a health system CEO from 1998 to 2017, and has worked in healthcare for over 30 years. Chris is a graduate of Mississippi State University, a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and has been a CPA since 1986. He has served in numerous professional and civic organizations, including current service on the Board of Directors of the USA International Ballet Competition, Board of Directors of the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Mississippi Economic Council.
Rob Coleman, MHA, BSN, RN has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Baptist Memorial Hospital Attala and Baptist Memorial Hospital Yazoo City since June 2018. Prior to the CEO role, he worked in a variety of nursing and leadership roles including Associate Administrator at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. Rob has served in healthcare for 17 years. Under his leadership, Baptist Attala earned the National Rural Health Association Best Practice in Quality recognition, the only critical access hospital in Mississippi with this distinction. Additionally, Rob has also been successful in adding multiple specialist services in each rural market. Both hospitals have experienced exponential growth under Rob’s leadership. Rob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Mississippi University for Women and a Master of Health Care Administration from Belhaven University. Rob has been involved in many professional and civic organizations over the years and is current a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Justin Daniels, J.D. is Shareholder with Baker Donelson in Atlanta. Justin's corporate practice consists of representing domestic and international technology businesses and business owners in all aspects of their growth cycle, from structuring new ventures, raising capital and advising on acquisitions and divestitures to reviewing and negotiating key vendor, franchise, employment and customer contracts. He has closed M&A transactions valued collectively at more than $1 billion. Justin provides his corporate clients a pragmatic approach to addressing cyber as a business enterprise risk at every stage in the business lifecycle. He specifically advises the c-suite and boards on identifying and managing cybersecurity risk with respect to mergers and acquisitions, investment capital transactions, vendor and customer contracts and cyber insurance. He leads breach incident response teams on ransomware and wire fraud cases in industries ranging from medical IT and logistics to manufacturing. Justin also provides strategic advice to clients regarding blockchain technology. He represents one the largest cryptocurrency mining facilities in the country. He has helped clients create and iterate business models that address regulations including federal and state money transmitter laws. He has extensive and significant experience handling the power contracts and related critical infrastructure necessary to profitably engage in cryptocurrency mining. In 2020, a smart city innovation lab engaged Justin to help build cybersecurity and privacy into the DNA as part of the launch of their facility. The innovation lab has a 5G-enabled three-mile autonomous vehicle test track, a 25,000 square foot innovation center and an intelligent network of connected IoT devices. The facility serves as a test bed for autonomous vehicles, drones, IOT devices, facial recognition technology and has a level 3 autonomous vehicle along with the first deployment of remote e-scooters in the United States. As part of the engagement, he designed the onboarding process for these projects and the privacy and security principles surrounding the collection and data use from the projects. He is an FAA licensed Part 107 Commercial UAS (Drone) pilot. He has given numerous key note presentations on topics including cybersecurity, integrated blockchain solutions and balancing technological innovation versus privacy and security. In the Daniels family, cybersecurity and privacy is the family business as Justin co-hosts the She Said Privacy/He Said Security podcast with his wife Jodi Daniels.
Thomas E. Dobbs
Thomas E. Dobbs III, MD, MPH is currently State Health Officer with the Mississippi State Department of Health. Dr. Dobbs has previously served at MSDH for many years in the roles of District Health Officer and State Epidemiologist. He holds a Doctorate of Medicine and a Master's in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Prior to joining the Department of Health, Dobbs worked as an Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases physician in Laurel and Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is a member of the Mississippi State Medical Association and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and is an Associate Professor at the UMMC School of Population Health. Dr. Dobbs became State Health Officer in 2018.
Suzette B. Duhe
Suzette B. Duhe’, CPA, FHFMA, CGMA is Chief Financial Officer with Gulfport Behavioral Health System and is responsible for managing the financial health of the institution using her extensive knowledge of healthcare finance, delivery systems, health plan operations and healthcare data analysis. Prior to her current role, Suzette served as CFO of Louisiana Heart Hospital and Medical Group in Lacombe, La.; Grenada Lake Medical Center in Grenada, Miss.; CFO for Quorum Health Resources at Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis; and Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital in Covington, La. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Suzette is a member of the AICPA, and the Society of Public Accountants in both Mississippi and Louisiana. She served as a president of the Mississippi Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management, was awarded the Follmer Bronze Award for service to the organization in 2004, the Reeves Silver Award in 2007, the Muncie Gold in 2011 and has been a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association since 2006. She is also a 2016 graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast, board member of the Biloxi Lions Club and board member of Camp Wilkes, Inc.
Anita Goodrum, CPA
Anita is a Partner with Watkins, Ward and Stafford, PLLC. With more than twenty-five years of experience, Anita’s practice is concentrated in health care, governmental and non-profit audits, small business and tax.
Wendell S. Hariel
Shane Hariel, CPA is Partner with Carr, Riggs, and Ingram in Ridgeland. He has over 30 years of experience providing services exclusively to healthcare entities with a primary focus on hospitals, rural health clinics and long term care providers. His focuses include cost reporting services, regulatory and statutory analysis, feasibility analysis, supplemental payment consulting, Medicaid strategic consultation, disproportionate share payment studies, Medicare bad debt optimization services, and HHS relief fund compliance and reporting. Shane earned a Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He is a member of the AICPA, MSCPA, and HFMA.
Keith Heartsill works under contract with the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) as a Healthcare Financial Consultant in the Office of Finance. In his role with the Division of Medicaid he works mostly in the area of managed care financial oversight working with the three managed care organizations reviewing rate setting, medical care expenditures and various other financial reports.
Mr. Heartsill has been in his current role at DOM since November 2014.
Prior to joining the team at DOM, Mr. Heartsill worked in the healthcare industry, mostly in hospitals, since 1979 mostly in the role as Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Heartsill is a Certified Public Accountant and a Fellow with HFMA.
Mr. Heartsill has a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of West Florida and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Alabama.
Warren A. Jones
Warren A. Jones, MD, FAAFP is Chair Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Warren has over thirty years’ experience in health care. Notably, he founded and established the Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health and Health Disparities (MIGMH) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC). Over the course of his tenure there, Jones secured approximately $38 million for MIGMH and its constituent programs.
Jones’ other professional experience includes directing the State of Mississippi’s Medicaid Program. As program director, he was responsible for providing health care for over 768,00 Mississippians. He also developed and implemented the Mississippi Medicaid Medical Home program that allowed for annual physical examinations and health assessments. Over the course of his career, Jones has been recognized for his pioneering efforts in the field of health as well as a distinguished educator. He was recognized as Outstanding Minority Educator in the State of Mississippi and was elected the first and only African American President of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He was also the first African American appointed as an associate vice chancellor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Jones is the Chair Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC), Chair Emeritus of the National Medical Association’s Family Medicine Section and Immediate Distinguished Professor of Health Policy at UMC. Prior to Hampton, he held the NIH Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research at Dillard University, his undergraduate alma mater. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tougaloo College. A native of New Orleans, Dr. Jones is a 1978 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.
Nick Lewis currently the System Director of Environmental Safety, Compliance and Facilities at Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation in Memphis, Tennessee. Nick has worked in the health care market since 1997 in various leadership roles. In 2001 he joined the Baptist Memorial Health Care team and has served his organization and community in many areas to include Director of Environmental Services, Director of Facility Services, Director of Safety & Facility Services, and in April of 2012 transitioned to his current role as the system leader with oversight over the environment of care and it’s six areas of focus as well as emergency management. In February of 2017 Nick earned certification as a Certified Emergency and Disaster Professional (CEDP) from the International Board for Certification of Safety Managers.
Nick is married to his wife, Melissa, and has three sons, Brodie, Camden, and Addler. He is active in his community and currently is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Memphis and serves as President of the Collierville Soccer Association’s Competitive Board and is an active member of their Executive Board.
Justin Rhodes currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer of Baptist Connected Care. In this role, Justin assumes responsibility for providing oversight and direction for developing, implementing and supporting a robust connected health provision platform across the continuum of care. The Connected Care platform is focused on defined patient and employee populations through the development and deployment of business offerings designed to coordinate effective care of patients, employees, and other populations through disease prevention, wellness engagement, infection prevention, medical management, and care coordination. In addition, Justin serves to further optimize ongoing Alternative Payment Models activities across the system. Prior to his current role, Justin spent 9 years serving in leadership roles within the Mississippi Baptist and Baptist Memorial Health Care Systems serving as the CEO of the Baptist Medical Group in Jackson Mississippi. Justin earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Mississippi College in Clinton.
Layna C. Rush
Layna Cook Rush, CIPP/US, CIPP/C is Shareholder with Baker Donelson in Baton Rouge. Ms. Rush leads the Firm's Data Incident Response Team and assists clients in the investigation of and response to privacy and security incidents. She is a U.S. and Canadian Certified Information Privacy Professional and member of the Firm's Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity Team. Ms. Rush also assists clients with managed care and insurance regulatory issues. Ms. Rush counsels clients on the investigation of, and response to, privacy and security incidents and data breaches. She represents clients in investigations by the Office for Civil Rights, state attorneys general and insurance departments, and in litigation involving privacy challenges. She routinely advises clients on state and federal laws related to privacy and security of personal information, including HIPAA, Part 2 Substance Abuse laws, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the CAN-SPAM Act and state laws related to privacy protections and breach notification requirements. She has assisted clients in the development of policies and procedures for compliance with HIPAA and state and federal laws related to privacy and security.
Andrew M. Williams
Andy Williams, CPA is Managing Partner of BKD Jackson and is a member of the BKD National Health Care Group. Andy provides financial statement audit, Medicare and Medicaid cost report preparation and reimbursement consulting services for hospitals and health systems nationwide. Andy joined BKD in 2004. His experience includes working closely with a variety of health care clients, ranging from rural community providers to large urban hospital systems. Andy has frequently assisted clients with strategic planning, advanced payment models, mergers and acquisitions, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, state disproportionate share audits, electronic health records consulting and cost report preparations and announcements. He seeks to help clients manage current operational risk and changes to the U.S. health care delivery system. Andy has worked with multiple Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) chapters and is a frequent speaker for HFMA events and other organizations. He often presents industry updates and educational programs to client boards, staff and the community. Recently, he spoke at the HFMA Annual National Institute in the Legislative & Regulatory Update on regulatory and reimbursement changes impacting the health care industry. He also was selected for the Springfield Business Journal’s 2017 Class of 40 Under 40. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Missouri Society of CPAs and HFMA. Andy is a 2001 cum laude graduate of Missouri State University, Springfield, with a B.S. degree in accounting.
David A. Williams
David Williams, CPA is Partner with Carr, Riggs, and Ingram in Ridgeland. David has more than 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry, providing assurance, reimbursement, and advisory services for a wide range of organizations, including hospitals, outpatient centers, home healthcare agencies, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, rural health clinics, and mental rehabilitation centers. With experience in so many facets of the healthcare industry, David is able to share his expertise through a variety of consulting and advisory practices. David stays involved within his community as a board member and current treasurer of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi and the Gary Bowling Evangelistic Association. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).