MEMPHIS — Stephen Reynolds, Baptist Memorial Health Care’s fourth president and CEO and a 42-year Baptist colleague, announced today he will retire in May of next year.
Jason Little, Baptist’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, will be the organization’s next president and CEO.
Reynolds began his Baptist career as an administrative resident in 1971 after serving as an officer in the United States Army. After holding a number of leadership positions for 23 years, he was promoted to Baptist’s president and CEO in 1994.
Under his leadership, Baptist opened two metro-Memphis hospitals — Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and Baptist Memorial Hospital – Collierville — as well as the area’s first residential hospice facility and the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief.
Reynolds also oversaw the construction of the NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro, Ark., and the creation of the Baptist Medical Group, one of the Mid-South’s largest physician management organizations. Today, Stern Cardiovascular, Family Physicians Group, Memphis Internal Medicine, the Light Clinic, and the Boston Baskin Cancer Foundation are among the groups that are part of BMG.
A number of national and local organizations, including U.S. News and World Report, HealthGrades and the Joint Commission, have recognized Baptist hospitals for delivering high-quality care.
“I have had the distinct pleasure of serving on Baptist boards for the past 16 years, and during that time, I have observed how much Steve’s leadership has benefited Baptist,” said Jim Glasgow, chair of Baptist’s corporate board of directors.
“Baptist’s growth and accomplishments during his tenure as president and CEO have been extraordinary.”
Little has been with Baptist since 2002. Before being promoted to his current position, he served as vice president and metro market leader, overseeing Baptist’s seven metro-Memphis hospitals and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital. Before that, he served as administrator and CEO of three Baptist Memorial hospitals. The Baptist system, which consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation, has 14,000 employees and comprises 14 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and East Arkansas; more than 4,000 affiliated physicians; Baptist Medical Group, a multispecialty physician group with about 500 doctors; home, hospice, and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences.
BMHC is affiliated with the Baptist state conventions of Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi.