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VOL. 128 | NO. 192 | Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Chisley Named CEO of Methodist North Hospital

By Kate Simone

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Gyasi C. Chisley has joined Methodist North Hospital as CEO. In his new role, Chisley will lead thousands of associates and aligned and contracted medical staff. He says that as health care transitions from volume to value, his platform is to grow outpatient practices, physicians and services while creating a viable patient-centered environment.

Hometown: Milwaukee

Experience: Dual bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Morehouse College in Atlanta and a master’s in health administration and master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan. Board certified in health care management and project management. Prior to joining Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Chisley served as president of a community hospital and COO of a large quaternary, academic facility in Cincinnati.

Family: wife, Wakenya, and 5-year-old daughter, Marley

Favorite movie: I’m a big movie buff. Top 3 would consist of “The Shawshank Redemption,” “12 Angry Men” and “Wall Street.”

What’s playing on your stereo right now? I love all kinds of music. I do manage to keep Bob Marley in heavy rotation. However, the best song I have heard all year is my daughter’s piano recital on CD.

What talent do you wish you had? Aside from singing, I don’t possess a real ability to navigate office politics. I am accustomed to identifying issues, getting things accomplished, effecting change and always doing what’s best for our patients and community.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? I stand on the shoulders of many great individuals, from parents to family to mentors and friends, but my daughter has had the most profound impact on my life. Her ability to always be honest, ask tough questions and “connect the dots” is utterly amazing.

What are your goals in your new position? I really want to focus on growth to ensure that the residents of the northern communities of Memphis have all their health care needs met and that staying healthy is a priority. To achieve this feat, we will have to break out of the walls of the hospitals and have a staunch focus on accountable leadership, physician alignment and integration, best-in-class clinical outcomes, sound financial stewardship, patient-centered medical home development, and patient education/engagement. With health care reform on the horizon, these tenets are no longer just business imperatives, but moral imperatives as well.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? I would like to think it is still ahead of me. There is still so much to do in health care and beyond. As Martin Luther King once said, “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Culture trumps strategy. Learn and appreciate the culture of any organization by active communication, continuous outreach to stakeholders and a vigorous review of data/resources. This goes a long way to effecting meaningful change.


Kathleen Sarkady has joined inferno as web developer. Sarkady previously worked as web designer and social media coordinator for Michigan State University’s College of Arts and Letters.

Barnabas Chamberlain has been appointed general manager of the new Home2 Suites by Hilton Memphis/Southaven. Chamberlain previously served as general manager of the TownePlace Suites in Bossier City, La.


David Frankle has joined Hope House as social services program manager. Frankle will oversee the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program and manage play therapy sessions for children. He previously worked as a case manager for the Ryan White AIDS/HIV program in Memphis.

The Orpheum Theatre has added three members to its board of directors: Dr. Scott Morris, chief executive officer of the Church Health Center; Mark Barry, president of ServiceMaster American Home Shield; and Robin Orgel, community volunteer.


Christian Brothers University has named Susan Horn Spencer its 2013 distinguished alumna. Spencer serves as mission manager in the Technology Demonstration Missions Program Office at NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. The university has named Joshua Shipley as its distinguished young alumnus. Shipley is vice president of commercial lending at Independent Bank.

Danielle Mollere and Tasha Sabino have joined Campbell Clinic as physicians assistants. Mollere received a master of medical science degree in the physician assistant program from Our Lady of the Lake College. Sabino received a master of physician assistant studies degree from the University of Utah.

The Tennessee Hospitality Association has named Wayne Tabor, general manager of the Holiday Inn Select Downtown Memphis, its 2013 hotelier of the year. In addition, the association awarded Courtyard by Marriott Collierville the Gold Star Public Relations Award: Ongoing Special Event (150 rooms or less).

United Housing Inc. has appointed 15 members to its board for the 2014 fiscal year and elected three to serve on its executive committee. Elected officers are: Venita Doggett, board chair; Mike Fearnley, treasurer; and Laura Harris, secretary. Returning board members are Teresa Cheeks Wilson, J. Robert Coleman, Maggie Conway, Rev. Leonard Dawson, Sherman Greer, Carrie Hanlon, Alex Matlock, Carol McConkey, Jerome Rubin, Jimmie Tucker, Keith Turbett and Gilda Williams.

PROPERTY SALES 32 252 16,449
MORTGAGES 35 120 10,207
BUILDING PERMITS 215 1,041 39,585
BANKRUPTCIES 52 188 7,785