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WELLSTAR SENIOR LEADERSHIP

David Anderson, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Organizational Learning & Chief Compliance Officer David Anderson, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Organizational Learning & Chief Compliance Officer
Anderson joined WellStar in March 2005.  Prior to WellStar, Anderson’s career included being administrator for a South Texas Children’s hospital, serving in administrator and COO roles in acute care hospitals in Texas and holding key human resources and compliance positions in large health systems in Texas and Virginia.
Michael Andrews, M.D., Chief Cancer Officer Michael Andrews, M.D., Chief Cancer Officer
Andrews practices at the Northwest Georgia Oncology Center. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in hematology and oncology at Vanderbilt University.  Andrews is active in the STAT Cancer Clinic and Breast and GI malignancy conferences. 
Avril Beckford, M.D., Chief Pediatrics Officer Avril Beckford, M.D., Chief Pediatrics Officer
Beckford practices at WellStar Medical Group, Pediatric & Adolescent Center.   She is an Academy of Pediatrics fellow and past Georgia chapter president.  She completed her residency at Penn State Children’s Hospital and her medical degree at the University of Cape Town. She joined the WellStar Board of Trustees in 2011.
William Benedict, M.D., Co-Chief Neuroscience Officer William Benedict, M.D., Co-Chief Neuroscience Officer
Benedict joined WellStar in 2010, having formerly served as an assistant professor of Neurosurgery at Emory University. He received his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. During his residency at Loyola University Medical Center, he was named Resident of the Year. Specializing in spinal disease and deformity, he is trained in innovative neurosurgical techniques and treatment.
Ryan Breshears, Ph.D., Chief Behavioral Health Officer Ryan Breshears, Ph.D., Chief Behavioral Health Officer
Dr. Ryan Breshears is a clinical health psychologist and the Director of Psychological Services for the WellStar Medical Group. He earned his doctorate from the University of Georgia and a clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Denver VA Medical Center. In addition to his responsibilities with WellStar, he is a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Georgia, where he supervises the clinical training of pre-doctoral psychology students. With a specialization in psychological assessment and testing, Dr. Breshears conducts pre-surgical psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery and spinal cord stimulation procedures. He also provides health and behavior modification and counseling for patients with various medical and psychiatric comorbidities (e.g. obesity, binge eating disorder, depression, etc.).
Joe Brywczynski, Senior Vice President, Health Parks Development Joe Brywczynski, Senior Vice President, Health Parks Development
Brywczynski joined WellStar in April 2010. Coming from Dayton, Ohio, he held positions such as president, Vanguard Imaging Partners, LLC, and vice president, strategic planning and business development for Good Samaritan Hospital/Premier Health Partners. He has led the development of some of the first major community-based ambulatory strategies.
Jim Budzinski, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Jim Budzinski, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Budzinski joined WellStar in July 2008. Prior to this, he served as CFO for other integrated health systems including top-ranked St. John’s Health System. He was previously a partner with a Big 6 accounting firm. In 1999, he was selected as an international emerging healthcare leader by AHA.
Perry “Chip” Busbee, M.D., Chief Obstetrics & Gynecology Officer Perry “Chip” Busbee, M.D., Chief Obstetrics & Gynecology Officer
Busbee practices at WellStar Medical Group, Kennestone OB/GYN. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his OB/GYN residency at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Ga., where he was chief resident.
Barbara Corey, Senior Vice President, Managed Care Barbara Corey, Senior Vice President, Managed Care
Corey joined WellStar in 1999.  In addition to managed care, she has responsibility for WellStar Health Place, WellStar retail operations and the System’s day care operations.  Prior to joining WellStar, Corey was director of operations with Prudential Health Care.
Mark Diehl, M.D., Co-Chief Musculoskeletal Officer Mark Diehl, M.D., Co-Chief Musculoskeletal Officer
Diehl practices with Pinnacle Orthopaedics and Sports. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Emory University School of medicine. Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, he is a fellow of Aperture Credentialing, Inc.
Mark Haney, Senior Vice President & WellStar Paulding Hospital President Mark Haney, Senior Vice President & WellStar Paulding Hospital President
Haney joined WellStar in October 1978.  During his 33 years with WellStar, he has held several senior executive positions at both the hospital and System level. He is a member of the Center for Healthcare Design, United Way Advisory Board and Paulding County Chamber of Commerce.
Joseph Hormes, M.D., Co-Chief Neuroscience Officer Joseph Hormes, M.D., Co-Chief Neuroscience Officer
Hormes practices with Marietta Neurology and Headache. He received his medical degree from Bangalore University, St. John’s Medical College. He completed his residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a Fellow of the Mayo Clinic and Foundation.
Robert Jansen, M.D., Executive Vice President, WellStar Medical Group President & Chief Administrative Medical Officer. Robert Jansen, M.D., Executive Vice President, WellStar Medical Group President & Chief Administrative Medical Officer.
Jansen is a graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine and has a master’s degree in business administration from Kennesaw State University.  He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology and was one of the original leaders of the WellStar Medical Group, which was formed in 1994.
Reynold J. Jennings, Chief Executive Officer Reynold J. Jennings, Chief Executive Officer
Jennings joined WellStar in August 2011. He has nearly 35 years of extensive experience as a hands-on hospital operating executive. From February 2004 until December 2006, he served as COO of Tenet Healthcare Corporation with oversight of 69 core acute care hospitals and other facilities in 13 states.
Peter R. Jungblut, M.D., Senior Vice President & Medical Director, WellStar Medical Group Peter R. Jungblut, M.D., Senior Vice President & Medical Director, WellStar Medical Group
Jungblut joined WellStar in 2013 as senior vice president and medical director for the WellStar Medical Group.   Prior to this position, he served as vice president of medical affairs for Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, N.J.   He received his medical degree from Weill Cornell University Medical College and completed his residency at Northwestern University Medical School. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Douglas Lundy, M.D., Co-Chief Musculoskeletal Officer Douglas Lundy, M.D., Co-Chief Musculoskeletal Officer
Lundy obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. After completing his residency and internship in Orthopaedic Surgery at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta, Ga., and his fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he became board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is in practice with Resurgens Orthopaedics and is a member of the American Board of Orthpaedic Surgery.
Barry Mangel, M.D., Chief Cardiology Officer Barry Mangel, M.D., Chief Cardiology Officer
Mangel practices at WellStar Medical Group, Cardiovascular Medicine.  He is a board-certified, interventional cardiologist. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from Boston University and completed his internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He is on staff at WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Kennestone and Paulding hospitals.
William Mayfield, M.D., Chief Surgical Officer William Mayfield, M.D., Chief Surgical Officer
Mayfield practices at WellStar Medical Group, Thoracic Surgery Associates.  He is board certified in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and completed his residency at the University of California, Davis Medical Center and his fellowship at Shands at the University of Florida.
Kim Menefee, Senior Vice President, Strategic Community Development Kim Menefee, Senior Vice President, Strategic Community Development
Menefee joined WellStar in June 1992.  During her 19 years, she has served in a variety of leadership positions with overall management responsibility for the WellStar brand. She is a highly recognized community leader having served on numerous boards. She is a member of the Cobb Chamber Board of Directors.
Jon Morris, M.D., Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer Jon Morris, M.D., Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Morris is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed post-graduate training at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is board-certified in emergency medicine and has been an emergency department physician since 1986 at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. He holds a master's degree in business administration from Kennesaw State University. Morris became WellStar’s first chief medical information officer in 2009 and became CIO in December 2011.
Kem Mullins, Senior Vice President & WellStar Cobb & Windy Hill Hospital President Kem Mullins, Senior Vice President & WellStar Cobb & Windy Hill Hospital President
Mullins joined WellStar in April 2012. Previous roles include chief executive officer for Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s Saint Francis Hospital – Bartlett, and chief operating officer for Atlanta Medical Center and Tenet Healthcare’s Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Mullins holds a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., and a master’s degree in finance from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky.
Alan Muster, M.D., Chief Pulmonary Officer Alan Muster, M.D., Chief Pulmonary Officer
Muster practices at WellStar Medical Group, Pulmonary Medicine.  He is board certified in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine.  He earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, completed his residency at Brown University-Rhode Island Hospital and his fellowship at Brown University.
Craig Owens, Senior Vice President & WellStar Douglas Hospital President Craig Owens, Senior Vice President & WellStar Douglas Hospital President
Owens joined WellStar in April 2009. Owens has more than 20 years of senior leadership experience in healthcare. Prior to WellStar, Craig served as chief operating officer for Kingman Regional Medical Center, the largest healthcare provider in northwestern Arizona.
Leo Reichert, Executive Vice President & General Counsel Leo Reichert, Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Reichert joined WellStar in January 2011.  Previously, he was a partner at Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs L.L.P., where he represented hospitals and physicians in matters including civil and criminal healthcare fraud litigation, medical staff privileges and certificate of need.  Prior to this, Reichert was a federal prosecutor in Atlanta.
Candice Saunders, President & Chief Operating Officer Candice Saunders, President & Chief Operating Officer
Saunders joined WellStar in May 2007. She began her career as a cardiac nurse and has more than 30 years of healthcare experience.  Prior to WellStar, she was vice president of Inova Health System and served as COO of Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Heart and Vascular Institute.
Jeffrey Tharp, M.D., Chief Medicine Division Officer Jeffrey Tharp, M.D., Chief Medicine Division Officer
Tharp practices at WellStar Medical Group, East Paulding Primary Care Center.  He earned his Doctorate of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He also has a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University. Tharp joined the WellStar Board of Trustees in 1997.
Tony Trupiano, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Tony Trupiano, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
Trupiano joined WellStar in March 2009, coming from St. Louis, Mo., where he acted as the vice president of supply chain for SSM Health Care-St. Louis. Since he began managing supply chain and construction activities across the System, WellStar’s Supply Chain has been recognized by Healthcare Purchasing News as Supply Chain Department of the Year in 2011. The department has also garnered recognition from the ECRI Institute as the 2013 recipient of the Healthcare Supply Achievement Award.
Dan Woods, Senior Vice President & WellStar Kennestone Hospital President Dan Woods, Senior Vice President & WellStar Kennestone Hospital President
Woods joined WellStar in May 2012. Most recently, he served as senior vice president and WellStar Kennestone Hospital chief operating officer. Prior to WellStar, he served as senior vice president of Verras and vice president of operations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Woods holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.
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