January 20, 2011

A Message from the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Luke Gregory Named CEO for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt


Colleagues,

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce Luke Gregory, chief business development officer for VUMC, as the new chief executive officer for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, effective immediately.

Luke has served with distinction as the hospital’s interim CEO since September, demonstrating exemplary leadership while in this role. Prior to his role as interim CEO, Luke was appointed chief business development officer for Children’s Hospital in July. These responsibilities were in addition to Luke’s other role as chief business development officer for the broader clinical enterprise.

Luke comes to this new role with extensive prior experience in health systems management. His reputation and credibility among Nashville’s and Tennessee’s health care community is exceptional.

A longtime resident of Nashville, he served as senior vice president of Operations for Baptist Hospital and as chief executive officer for the Blakeford Company prior to joining Vanderbilt in 2007.

Luke is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives and holds multiple master’s degrees, including a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Health Administration from Georgia State University and a Master in Religion from Vanderbilt University.

In addition to my support, and the full support of Dr. Balser, Luke’s appointment at this time also enjoys the unanimous support of the Children’s Hospital leadership team, including John Brock III, M.D., the Monroe Carell Jr. Professor and surgeon in chief; Jonathan Gitlin, M.D., the James C. Overall Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics; Margaret Rush, M.D., chief of staff; Paul Hain, M.D., associate chief of staff; and Susan Hernandez, associate hospital director for Nursing. Luke also enjoyed the unanimous support of the entire clinical enterprise senior leadership team.

With a multi-year, multi-phase expansion of Children’s Hospital to begin soon, Luke’s leadership, along with his visibility and relationships in the community, will greatly strengthen our efforts as we continue to grow Children’s Hospital to meet the needs of children and families in our region and beyond.

Luke’s commitment and compassion for our most vulnerable patients makes him the right person at the right time for this responsibility. His respect for the vision and mission of the faculty and staff at Children’s Hospital makes his appointment a unanimous decision.

I have tremendous confidence in Luke as the CEO for Children’s Hospital. Please join me as we welcome him into this role on a permanent basis.

Sincerely,
C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D.
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Chief Executive Officer, Vanderbilt Health System
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs