Baptist Health System of East Tennessee, Knoxville, said two of its hospital
administrators are leaving for other business opportunities and are being replaced by
two consultants from Wellspring Partners, which was hired by Baptist to manage the
system last month.
Thomas Reitinger, 62, will replace Brue Chandler as administrator of 286-bed Baptist
Hospital of East Tennessee. Peter Betts, 63, will replace Martha Chill as
administrator of 75-bed Baptist Hospital West and 16-bed Baptist Hospital for Women,
which share a campus. All three hospitals are in Knoxville.
Reitinger and Betts each have more than 35 years of experience as healthcare managers,
Baptist said. Baptist brought in Wellspring after a deal to sell an 80% interest in
the four-hospital system to Triad Hospitals, Plano, Texas, unraveled in November.
Triad and Baptist had planned to form an 80-20 joint venture, with plans to also bring
in physicians as investors. Executives from Wellspring, which was recently acquired by
Huron Consulting Group, also serve as interim chief executive officer and interim
chief financial officer at Baptist. -- by Vince