Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Announces New System President

January 8, 2016

Winchester, Tenn. (January 4, 2016) – LifePoint Health today announced that Rob Followell has been named market president of Southern Tennessee Regional Health System (STRHS), effective January 29.  In this role, Followell will serve the dual role of chief executive officer (CEO) for STRHS’ Winchester and Sewanee facilities and market president of the four-hospital health system, which also includes facilities in Lawrenceburg and Pulaski. 

STRHS is part of LifePoint Health, a healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®. Followell will replace Jerry Dooley, who has led STRHS on an interim basis since July 2015.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Rob’s capabilities and experience assume this important leadership role moving forward,” said Robert Klein, chief operating officer of LifePoint Health’s Central Group, of which STRHS is a part. “Rob is an effective and creative executive with proven leadership skills and abilities. He has worked in many diverse health systems and operational situations. He is a perfect fit to lead STRHS and its four hospitals into the future.” 

Followell is a seasoned healthcare executive with more than 20 years of broad experience. Most recently, he served as CEO of North Knoxville Medical Center, a 108-bed hospital in Knoxville, Tenn.  Previously, he held the CEO post at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, a 122-bed hospital in Ronceverte, W. Va.; Chilton Medical Center, a 60-bed hospital in Clanton, Ala.; and Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega, Ga. Followell has extensive experience serving in leadership positions for companies and health systems, including Community Health Systems, SunLink Health Systems, Inc., Quorum Health Resources and Hospital Corporation of America. 

Followell holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky. His background and professional experience in both areas have shaped his leadership style and abilities.

Followell and his family look forward to relocating to the Southern Tennessee region.

About Southern Tennessee Regional Health System

Part of LifePoint Health, Southern Tennessee Regional Health System (STRHS) is a regional network of hospitals and health care services serving the healthcare needs of communities in the southern Tennessee region with facilities in Winchester, Sewanee, Pulaski, and Lawrenceburg.  The system has 382 licensed beds, more than 300 affiliated physicians, 1,250 employees, and serves more than 160,000 people in rural communities in the region.  For more information, visit