Leadership Team and Board of Directors
Matthew Gibson, PhD, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer
Matt brings more than 15 years of healthcare experience to lead Siskin Hospital. Before taking the helm in January, he served as senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Erlanger Health System, where he focused on leading strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions and innovation. While there, he developed and implemented a comprehensive primary care/access strategy resulting in the opening of several new regional primary care clinics and six urgent care centers, along with the market’s first virtual primary care program.
His diverse experience includes managing operations through the oversight and organization of business strategy development and the growth and profitability of product lines at investor-owned hospitals and a large multi-state nonprofit health system.
Matt is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a PhD from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also holds a master of business administration and a master in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer
Carol brings more than 30 years of experience in healthcare finance, more than 25 years of which have been in senior leadership positions. She has served for more than 20 years in acute care hospitals with hospital-based home health, hospice, dialysis, ambulance services, and skilled nursing/long-term care.
Currently, Carol’s responsibilities include financial management, reporting, budgeting, and information systems. She has been employed at Siskin Hospital since 2005.
Carol holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Middle Tennessee State University.
She is a member of Healthcare Financial Management Association and has served on the Financial Analysis Workgroup of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association.
David Bowers, MD
Medical Director, Admitting Physician
Dr. Bowers is a graduate of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. He attended medical school at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California and completed his Internal Medicine Internship at Mt. Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He completed his residency at Ohio State University, where he specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and was also named chief resident.
Dr. Bowers is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as an Independent Medical Examiner and is also certified with the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (EMG/NCS). He is a member of the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, the American Association of Electromyography and Electrodiagnosis, the American Academy of PM&R, the American Medical Association, and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Association.
Dr. Bowers was previously appointed as a Clinical Instructor of the PM&R Department at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently an Assistant Professor in the PM&R Department at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga Unit. In 1999 and 2000, Dr. Bowers was honored as Teacher of the Year at the University of Tennessee’s College of Medicine, Chattanooga Unit. He is the immediate past president of the Tennessee Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Bowers is a member of the Tennessee Medicare Contractor Advisory Committee for Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators.
In addition to numerous medical abstracts, presentations and publications, Dr. Bowers has worked with an exchange program with the Institute of Spinal Cord Rehabilitation in Moscow, Russia. Since 1996, he has been an active staff member at Siskin Hospital, where he currently serves as the Medical Director.
Dr. Bowers specializes in Spasticity Management and performs Botox ® and Myobloc ® Injections and ITB (Inthrathecal Baclofen) pump management.
Teresa Dinger, MBA
Vice President of Patient Access and Marketing
Teresa has been with Siskin Hospital since 1993. Her responsibilities include oversight of case management and outpatient access in addition to the marketing, philanthropy, and Inpatient and Subacute access and business development. Ms. Dinger has an MBA with a marketing concentration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
She is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga and the recipient of Freedom Foundations Distinguished Citizen Award. She was a 2015 Women of Distinction Honoree. During her career, Teresa and her team have won numerous local, regional, and national advertising awards. The inpatient program and development functions have both seen significant growth under her leadership.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of Caring People, who really do Change Lives each and every day. I consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to play a small part in telling the stories of our patients as they begin to get their life back.”
Jody L. Nix, BA
Administrative Director and Chief Human Resources Officer
Jody brings more than 10 years of healthcare human resources experience and more than 20 years of overall HR experience to Siskin Hospital. Most recently, he served as the Director of Employee Benefits for Erlanger Health System, where he managed the employee health plan and other ancillary lines of coverage. He also assisted in the compliance and oversight of the employee retirement plans as well as the pension plan. Jody played a critical role in merging both the health plan and retirement plan from a rural critical access hospital into the Erlanger platform. His experience with mergers and acquisitions reaches back to other large acute care hospitals within Tennessee as well as some national mergers in his consulting career.
Jody’s experience also includes extensive Compensation and Human Resource Information System leadership at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, as well as many years as a Senior Benefits Client Advisor for large employers that are based in the East Tennessee region but holding a national presence.
Jody received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a mental health concentration from Tusculum College.
“The foundation to a great organization is trust. Trust is generated by caring for people, which in turn changes lives. I’m humbled to work with Siskin Hospital in caring for our associates. I believe that will produce a culture that extends itself, in the person of our employees, to care for the community.”
Shane Pilcher, MBA, CHCIO, FHIMSS
Administrative Director and Chief Information Officer
Shane has more than 25 years of healthcare and healthcare IT experience. He brings to Siskin Hospital his strong healthcare, military and corporate experience in leading teams to align IS strategy with corporate strategic plans.
Shane became a Registered Respiratory Therapist in 1995 while in the United States Navy where he served as a Respiratory Therapist, Navy Corpsman and EMT. In 2003, he converted to an Intelligence Specialist where he served time in Iraq and was the leading Chief over the Naval Intelligence Reserve Region Southeast’s Reserve Intelligence Training program. Shane retired as a Chief from the United States Navy with more than 20 years of active and reserve service. He has also received his Fellowship designation from Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
“It is humbling to be able to work with the great men and women of the Siskin Hospital family. They are making a difference in our community by changing lives each and every day. It is an honor to be part of that legacy.”
Curtis Powell, MHA, RCP, RRT
Vice President, Quality
Curtis has served in hospital administrative or management roles for the past 31 years. Formerly, he was the Administrator of the Transitional Living Center, Assistant Hospital Administrator, and Director of Respiratory Therapy Services at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation. He also served as Assistant Administrator, Interim CEO, Director of Quality and Risk Management, and Director of Respiratory Care at Kindred Hospital Ontario. Curtis was the Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Doctors Hospital, Montclair and Ontario Community Hospital. Additionally, he served as the Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at St. Mary Desert Valley Hospital.
Curtis maintains his Respiratory Therapy licensure in both Tennessee and California. He has broad clinical experience including working and supervising cardiac, pulmonary, trauma, neuro-trauma, pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, and served as a member of flight teams and code blue teams.
Curtis has been involved in health education for most of his career. He has guest lectured on the topic of pulmonary mechanics at Western University of Medicine to second-year medical students. He has presented to the North Dakota Society of Respiratory Care on Passy Muir valve use in ventilator patients. He has taught coursework on respiratory therapy theory and application to respiratory students at American Career College. He is a current Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support Instructor. Curtis’s publications include: Gudsteinsdottir, E. & Powell, C. (2004). “Passy-Muir valve Helps Ventilator Patients Speak,” Advance for Respiratory Care Practitioners, 17(8), 31.
Curtis has a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of La Verne; a bachelor’s degree in Business and Management from the University of Redlands; and an Associate in Science in Respiratory Therapy from Victor Valley College. He has his Registered Respiratory Therapist credential from the American Association of Respiratory Care.
“Siskin Hospital was founded and lives on the principle of giving to those in need, recognizing that we are blessed for all that we currently have. ‘Never walk away from someone who deserves help: your hand is God’s hand for that person.’ Proverbs 3:27 (The Message).”
Tracy Reed, DNP, MBA, RN, CRRN
Vice President Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer
Tracy received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1984, followed by a Master of Business Administration from Kennessaw State University in 1998.
Tracy is uniquely experienced to be the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Vice President of Nursing and Patient Services because she has worked in every level of care that Siskin Hospital provides. She has been a CNO for nearly 20 years – first at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta where she worked for 10 years, then at two acute care hospitals in Tennessee. She also has experience in long term care, having worked in a nursing home early in her career. Additionally, Tracy has worked in surgical services, orthopedics, and diabetic control. Her past experience includes serving as a Med-Surg/ICU Program Director, an Infection Control Nurse, Employee Health Nurse, Patient Education Coordinator, and Chief Operating Officer.
In 2007, Tracy earned her certification as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. She earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from American Sentinel University in 2014.
“Understanding and respecting patients’ values, preferences and needs is the foundation for providing excellent patient care. It is a privilege to be part of a dynamic team that is entrusted with assisting patients and families to reach their goals and maximum level of function.”
Aaron Spinks, LNA-P
Administrator, Siskin SubAcute West
With more than 12 years of leadership experience in the skilled nursing and long term care industry, Aaron is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Tennessee and is a licensed Preceptor. As a Preceptor, he can conduct Administrator in Training programs for new aspiring healthcare professionals who are pursuing a career as an Administrator in long term care.
Aaron earned a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee with a double major in Accounting and Finance. He is currently enrolled at Lee University and will graduate with his Masters of Business Administration in May of 2022. Aaron is an US Army Veteran with more than five years of active duty. He was deployed with A Company, 2-7th Cavalry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division for a 15-month combat deployment to Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
At Siskin Hospital, Aaron is responsible for the overall management of Siskin West, a licensed 108-bed skilled nursing facility within the Siskin Hospital system. His previous experience spans a variety of leadership roles in the skilled nursing industry including Director of Business Development, Regional Director of Operations, and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. He has vast experience in operations management, business analytics, financial and strategic management, quality improvement, and survey management. Aaron’s past professional successes include reducing employee turnover, increasing resident satisfaction, improving quality measures and outcomes, multiple deficiency-free Tennessee Department of Health Surveys, Joint Commission Certification Surveys, assessing and restructuring facilities struggling operationally, and assisting facilities with improvements in compliance and survey outcomes.
“I am truly honored and humbled to be part of an organization such as Siskin Hospital, an organization made up of caring people focused on changing people’s lives for the better. I am excited to use my experience and knowledge to serve the staff, patients and the community – all stakeholders of such a great organization.”
Siskin Hospital Board of Directors (FY2021)
Jones Krogh, CPA, CFP (Chair)
Charles L. Arant
Monique P. Berke
Rose E. Decosimo, CPA
Michael G. Mathis
Richard P. McKenney
James J. O’Connell, III, MD, FABFP
Vimal Ramjee, MD FACC
Valerie C. Rutledge, Ed.D.
Marcus K. Shaw
Jennifer L. Weaver