Meet our leadership team

Rebecca Baute, RN – Nurse Executive, Prisma Health Richland Hospital

Rebecca BauteRebecca (Becky) Baute, MBA, BSN, RN, is the nurse executive at Prisma Health Richland Hospital. She has more than 30 years' nursing experience in pediatric and adult care. Prior to joining Prisma Health in 2016, she was an assistant vice president in Patient Services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Alumni Legacy Award from the University of Cincinnati School of Nursing and Health. She is active in several professional organizations and also has written numerous publications on critical care transport and disaster nursing. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Business Administration from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Baute resides in Elgin with her husband, and they have three grown children.

Tim Browne – Operations Executive, Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital

Tim BrowneTim Browne is the operations executive for Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. He joined Prisma Health in January 2018 and has over 30 years’ experience in hospital leadership. Previously, Browne served as chief executive officer at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, South Carolina and as president and chief executive officer at Loris Healthcare System in Loris, South Carolina. Browne earned a master’s degree in health administration from the University of South Carolina in 1983, after earning an undergraduate degree in biology in 1981. He is a fellow in American College Healthcare Executives, a former board member of the South Carolina Hospital Association, former chair of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce and a former chairman of the Mercy Hospice board of directors in Horry County, South Carolina. Browne and his wife, Nancy, have a daughter, a son, and a grandson.

Mike Bundy – Chief Operating Officer, Prisma Health Baptist Hospital and Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital

Mike BundyMichael (Mike) Bundy serves as the chief operating officer for both Prisma Health Baptist Hospital and Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital. Prior to joining Prisma Health, Bundy was senior vice president and chief operating officer at Cape Cod Healthcare in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He has more than two decades of health care leadership experience. Previously, Bundy worked with MedAssets Advisory Solutions, Alpharetta, Georgia, on performance improvement projects across the country. He also held several operations leadership roles with Wellmont Health System, Kingsport, Tennessee. He served for eight years in the U.S. Army as part of the United Nations Command, the 82nd Airborne Division and the U.S. Army Rangers. Bundy earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from West Virginia University in Morgantown, and a master’s of business administration from Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Blythewood. He has a grown son, Gavin.

Terrie Carlton, RN – Nurse Executive, Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital

Terrie CarltonTerrie Carlton, BSN, RN, has been the nurse executive for Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital since April 2008. She received a biology degree from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, a nursing degree from Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter, South Carolina, and began working as a nurse at Tuomey in 1991. She has a BSN from South University and her master’s in Nursing from Loyola University. At Tuomey, she has the responsibility for all nursing departments and ancillary departments such as Pharmacy, Respiratory and Laboratory. She is a licensed nursing home administrator and has served as a board member of the South Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders. She also serves as an advisor for CCTC’s RN program. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives as well as Sigma Theta Tau, a nursing honor society.

Gene Dickerson, MD – Physician Executive, Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital

Gene Dickerson, MDGene Dickerson, MD, is the physician executive at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, where he previously served as vice president of medical affairs for 12 years. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, completed his surgical residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and entered private practice in Sumter in 1982, performing general and vascular surgery for 22 years. He has continued a reduced surgical practice, concentrating on thyroid and parathyroid procedures.  Dickerson has responsibility for medical staff services, quality, peer review and physician recruitment. He has served as president of the county’s Medical Society, was chief of staff at Tuomey and served for eight years on the Tuomey board of directors. He also served as the chairman of the Senior Medical Leaders Committee and had a seat on the boards of the South Carolina Hospital Association, Palmetto Healthcare Liability Insurance Program, PHT Services and Palmetto Hospital Trust. Dickerson is a member of the Prisma Health Quality and Patient Safety Committee.

Tim FitzGerald – Operations Executive, Prisma Health Richland Hospital

Tim FitzgeraldTim FitzGerald serves as the operations executive for Prisma Health Richland Hospital, where he leads the Radiology Services, Perioperative Services, Rehabilitation Services, EMS Transport, Emergency Management and Respiratory Therapy departments. He previously served as an administrative director for Prisma Health Heart Hospital. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. Fitzgerald and his wife, Erin, have two children, Cutler and Caitlin.

W. Ryan Hall – System Vice President, Service Lines

Ryan HallW. Ryan Hall is the system vice president of service lines at Prisma Health. He previously served as vice president of Orthopedic Services at Prisma Health and held various senior administrative roles at other hospitals in Columbia. Preceding his 16 years in leadership roles, he worked as an occupational therapist for 3 years, treating patients with various conditions. Hall received his bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and master’s in business administration from Troy University in Troy, Alabama. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the South Carolina Association of Orthopaedic Executives.

Jay Hamm, RN – Chief Operating Officer, Prisma Health Richland Hospital

Jay HammJay Hamm, RN, serves as the chief operating officer for Prisma Health Richland Hospital, where he previously served as a system vice president of clinical operations. Prior to joining Prisma Health, Hamm was the administrator of patient care services at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, where he was responsible for surgical and anesthesia services, critical care air and ground transport, emergency services and emergency management. He has been a medical professional for 25 years and has held several management and executive leadership roles. Hamm earned bachelor of science degrees in nursing and biology and a master's of health administration degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives and is a member of Delta Omega, an honorary society in public health.

Greta Setzer Harper, MD – System Vice President, Clinical Excellence

Greta Harper, MDGreta S. Harper, MD, is the system vice president of clinical excellence at Prisma Health, leading quality and safety initiatives across the system. She previously served as system physician executive for clinical standardization and as physician executive for Prisma Health Physician Practices. She earned her medical degree at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and completed an internship in family practice and her residency training in pediatrics at Prisma Health, where she served as chief resident. Harper completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at the University of Florida, Jacksonville Medical Center. For many years, she served as the associate senior medical director at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital and co-medical director of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She earned her MBA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, in preparation for her current role. Harper is board certified and practices medicine as a pediatric intensivist at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital. She is the mother of two daughters, Alanna and Arielle, and married to James H. Harper.

Mark Jones, MD – Physician Executive, Prisma Health Richland Hospital

Mark A. Jones, MDMark A. Jones, MD, serves as associate physician executive for Prisma Health Richland Hospital, where he is also Trauma medical director and has previously served as vice chief of staff. A fellow with the American College of Surgeons, Jones received his medical degree from East Tennessee State University and completed his residency training and fellowship at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine/Prisma Health.

Jimmy Joye, MD – Physician Executive, Prisma Health Baptist Hospital

Jimmy Joye, MDJimmy (Jeff) Joye, MD, serves as physician executive for Prisma Health Baptist Hospital. Joye has been a highly respected member of the medical staff for more than 16 years and has served in various leadership positions on the Prisma Health Baptist Hospital campus, including chief of staff and medical director of the hospitalist group. He is board certified in internal medicine.

Emilie Keene – Operations Executive, Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital

Emilie KeeneEmilie Keene is currently serving as the operations executive for Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital. She previously served as director for Perioperative Services on the campus. Keene earned her bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and her Master of Health Administration from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Emilie and her husband Billy have two sons, Carmine and Brody.

Michelle Logan-Owens, RN – Chief Operating Officer, Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital

Michelle Logan-OwensMichelle Logan-Owens, DHA, BSN, RN is the chief operating officer for Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. She has been with Tuomey for more than 20 years and most recently served as President and CEO of Tuomey Healthcare System. Logan-Owens earned a master’s degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and a doctorate in health care administration from MUSC in 2014. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina. The Pinewood, South Carolina, native began her career at Tuomey as a clinical technician on the Surgical Inpatient unit and later launched her nursing career as an RN on the Oncology unit. She is a member of The Forum, the American College of Health Care Executives, the South Carolina Organization of Nurse Executives, nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau and health care administration honor societies Alpha Eta and Upsilon Phi Delta. She has also served on the boards for the South Carolina Families of Highway Fatalities and the South Carolina Hospital Association.

Nick Patel, MD – Chief Digital Executive

Nick Patel, MDNick Patel, MD, is chief digital officer for Prisma Health–Midlands, where he also is a practicing internal medicine physician and vice chair for innovation with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. Prior to his current role, Dr. Patel served as the executive medical director of informatics at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group. Focused on defining and articulating a unique vision on the utilization and development of technology in health care, his expertise includes information technology transformation, governance, workflow enhancements, health equity and population health. Patel currently serves on multiple health care technology advisory boards and is a subject matter expert for several Fortune 500 companies. He holds a clinical faculty position with the USC School of Medicine and the College of Engineering and Computing. 

Elmer Polite – Chief Financial Executive

Elmer PoliteElmer Polite currently serves as the chief financial executive for Prisma Health–Midlands. He formerly was the chief financial officer for Coliseum Health System in Macon, Georgia, where his responsibilities included executive oversight of financial affairs. Previously, he worked with Community Health Systems for nine years and served as the chief financial officer at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro. Polite received bachelor's degrees in agribusiness, economics and accounting at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, and completed his master's in business administration at DeVry University. He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. A native of South Carolina from the town of Norway, he and his wife Tonya are the proud parents of three children, Tatyana, Isaiah and Jase.

Tina Ralyea, RN – Nurse Executive, Prisma Health Baptist Hospital

Tina Ralyea, RNTina Ralyea, DNP, MS-NP, MBA, NE-BC, CNL, OCN, CCRN, serves as nurse executive for Prisma Health Baptist Hospital. She has more than 40 years of nursing and leadership experience, most recently serving as an assistant vice president for patient care services at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. She spent nearly 25 years in Buffalo, New York, with Kaleida Health Care System, beginning as a nurse aide and serving in numerous nursing leadership roles. A well-published researcher, Ralyea has received several awards during her career, including the American Nurses Credentialing Center/Commission on Nurse Certification Clinical Nurse Leader Educator of the Year Award in 2018.

Jennifer Risinger, MD – Physician Executive, Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital

Jennifer Risinger, MDJennifer Risinger, MD, is physician executive for Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital. She also is a system vice president with oversight over Risk Management and Regulatory Affairs. She previously served as physician executive for Prisma Health Richland Hospital. Risinger, a board-certified OB/GYN physician and a fellow in the American College of OB/GYN, is a practicing member of the Parkridge OB/GYN group and a clinical faculty member for the USC Department of OB/GYN. She completed her bachelor's degree at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Risinger is married to Greg Risinger, a certified financial planner with First Citizens Securities in Columbia and also is the proud mom of three children: Rachael, Madeleine and Mitchell.

Janelle Smith – Operations Executive, Prisma Health Richland Hospital

Janelle SmithJanelle Smith is operations executive for Prisma Health Richland Hospital, where she is responsible for the Engineering/Clinical Engineering, Environmental, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Security and Food Services departments. She previously served as an administrative director for Support and Ancillary Services for Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Prior to joining Prisma Health, Smith worked as a physical therapist at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, caring for traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury patients. Smith completed her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, and her master’s degree in health administration at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She currently resides in Sumter with her husband, Bud, and their two children.

Katherine G. Stephens, PhD – System Vice President, Medical Education and Research

Kathy StephensKatherine G. Stephens, PhD, has been with Prisma Health since 1998 and currently is the system vice president for Medical Education and Research. She also serves as the designated institutional official for the Prisma Health/University of South Carolina School of Medicine graduate medical education programs. Her previous experience includes leadership roles in human resources, organization development, public relations and managed care business development. Stephens is a past president of the Association for Hospital Medical Education and is a volunteer site visitor for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She is a past chair of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation and a recipient of its F. Bartow Culp Distinguished Service Award. She holds degrees from Clemson University (BS) and the University of South Carolina (MBA and PhD) and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a faculty member in the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina.

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