Physician executive Deborah German, M.D., is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of the 515-bed St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville to focus her attention on medical programs in her new position as chief academic officer for five-hospital St. Thomas Health Services.
She will be replaced as president and CEO of St. Thomas Hospital by Thomas Beeman, who holds and will retain those titles at St. Thomas Health Services. The changes were effective Tuesday.
Two of the three largest hospitals in the group, St. Thomas and 532-bed Baptist Hospital, also in Nashville, have medical residency programs affiliated with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, whose contract with St. Thomas Health Services expires in July 2005. German will seek new relationships for the hospital systems' residency training programs.
The group also operates 199-bed Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, which has a residency training program unaffiliated with Vanderbilt, and two smaller community hospitals: Hickman Community Hospital, Centerville, and DeKalb Hospital, Smithville. St. Thomas Health Services is a member of Ascension Health, the largest Catholic healthcare organization in the U.S.