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VOL. 129 | NO. 64 | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Methodist University Hospital Names Liebman New CEO

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Jeff Liebman has joined Methodist University Hospital as chief executive officer. In his new role, Liebman said, he will ensure the hospital continues to be a community resource providing the highest possible quality of care to the community while following the guidelines of the Methodist LeBonheur mission.


“A good portion of my time will be dedicated to building an environment that will create a collaborative spirit for all aspects of physician, nursing and other health care associates as we develop and enhance our clinical services,” he said.

Hometown: New York City

Experience: I have more than 20 years of experience in working and leading complex health care organizations with responsibility for achieving clinical excellence, outstanding patient and family experiences and sound financial performance. These range from community-based networks through academic-based systems in both not-for-profit systems as well as for-profit health care systems. I graduated from Queens College in the City of New York, Dental School from the University of Pennsylvania and received a master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago.

Family: Married to Elissa Ladd Liebman for 29 years; daughters Hannah (age 26) and Cara (age 22).

Favorite quote: “The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes.” – Albert Schweitzer

Favorite movie: “Casablanca”

The sports teams you root for: New York Yankees, Boston Celtics, New York Giants

What’s playing on your stereo right now? A Willie Nelson song

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Traveling, hiking, reading

What talent do you wish you had? Ability to play a musical instrument

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My father, who always serves as a friend, adviser and moral compass when I need advice.

What attracted you to Methodist University Hospital? I wanted to return to a large complex teaching hospital that could improve the quality of care for the entire community.

What are your goals in your new role? To build a clinically integrated set of programs that brings together the necessary intellectual human capital to improve quality of care for the entire community.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Being part of a team that built an integrated delivery system for what has now become the largest health care delivery system in New England.

What do you most enjoy about your work? The ability to interact with and motivate a wide array of dedicated people interested in caring for patients.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Be patient and persistent as you pursue your dreams.


Attorney Max Shelton of Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC is celebrating his 50th year practicing law. Shelton began his practice in early 1964 after graduating from the University of Tennessee Law School. In 1965, he joined Chandler, Manire, Johnson and Chandler, a firm that eventually became Harris, Shelton, Dunlap, Cobb & Ryder. That firm later merged with Hanover Walsh Jalenak & Blair to form Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh.

Paul Craft has been appointed West Tennessee area wealth executive at Regions Bank. Craft has more than 23 years of experience in financial services and will oversee Regions’ 29 private wealth management professionals in the Memphis area and throughout West Tennessee.


Art Hogan has joined Wunderlich Securities Inc. as chief market strategist. Hogan previously held roles with Lazard Capital Market, Jefferies & Co., Morgan Stanley, Dean Wittier Reynolds Inc. and Fidelity Capital Markets. He also makes regular appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg and MSNBC.

George C. Pappas has joined First Tennessee as vice president of trust and estate administration and strategy. Pappas received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Memphis and most recently worked at Argent Trust.


Wealth management firm Diversified Trust has made seven executive promotions, including Louis Jehl and Terry Stanford, principals; Brad Crawford and Lynda May, senior vice presidents; Hadley Miller, vice president; and Edward Harper and Carolyn Hicks, senior associates.

Beth Wilson has joined inferno as public relations manager. In her new role, she will oversee the PR team, develop content, manage press relations and supervise event coordination and planning. Wilson previously led the marketing department for Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals and Mahaffey Fabric Structures.

John V. Arabia has been appointed to EdR’s board of directors and will serve as an independent director of the company. Arabia has served as president of Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. since 2013, having previously served as its chief financial officer and executive vice president of corporate strategy.

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