Gyasi Chis­ley, 38

CEO, Methodist Health­care North, Mem­phis, Tenn.; se­nior vice-pres­i­dent, Methodist Health­care, Mem­phis

Modern Healthcare - - UP & COMERS - —Beth Kutscher

Gyasi Chis­ley, the mar­ket chief ex­ec­u­tive for Methodist Health­care North in Mem­phis, Tenn., un­der­stands the im­por­tance of build­ing re­la­tion­ships.

It’s the first thing his col­leagues and men­tors high­light when asked what drives his suc­cess.

Many of Chis­ley’s sig­na­ture projects as a health­care ad­min­is­tra­tor have in­volved part­ner­ships. For in­stance, he is cur­rently lead­ing a project with the city of Mem­phis to trans­form an aban­doned mall into a com­bi­na­tion re­tail and health and well­ness space, mod­eled after Van­der­bilt Health’s One Hun­dred Oaks con­cept in Nashville.

Tax­pay­ers re­cently voted to in­fuse $23 mil­lion into the project, which is ex­pected to open at the end of 2015. “He’s very keen on part­ner­ing with com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions,” said Michael Ug­wueke, pres­i­dent and COO of health­care op­er­a­tions at Methodist Le Bon­heur Health­care. “He has an im­pact on peo­ple and the abil­ity to con­nect with peo­ple very well.”

A self-de­scribed “data geek” fo­cused on im­prov­ing qual­ity as a way to cut costs, Chis­ley was in­volved early on with the CMS’ ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions, both at Methodist as well as in his pre­vi­ous role as pres­i­dent and site ad­min­is­tra­tor of Mercy Health’s An­der­son Hos­pi­tal in Cincin­nati.

“I re­ally want to make sure we el­e­vate health­care in the minds and hearts of ev­ery­one,” Chis­ley said. “There’s only one sub­set that we’re af­fect­ing on a hos­pi­tal ba­sis. But now with ACOs, the op­por­tu­nity for part­ner­ship is so rel­e­vant.”

Physi­cian in­te­gra­tion is another pas­sion. At Methodist, Chis­ley es­tab­lished the Physi­cian Cham­pi­ons con­cept, which as­signs physi­cian lead­ers to fo­cus on one of five pil­lars—peo­ple, ser­vice, fi­nance, qual­ity and growth—and pro­mote clin­i­cal in­te­gra­tion.

Kim Byas, a re­gional ex­ec­u­tive at the Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, said he en­cour­aged Chis­ley to en­ter health­care ad­min­is­tra­tion when Chis­ley was work­ing in business de­vel­op­ment at Ara­mark Health­care Man­age­ment Ser­vices.

Chis­ley un­der­stands re­la­tion­ships and has a strong sense of how to bring out the best in a team, Byas said. “He re­ally does an ef­fec­tive job of cre­at­ing di­a­logue across in­ter­est groups,” he said. “He’s def­i­nitely an up and comer. … I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what he can ac­com­plish in the fu­ture.”


JOB: Work­ing as a

hos­pi­tal en­vi­ron­men­tal

ser­vices tech­ni­cian at

17 years old, “which

es­sen­tially means I was a

jan­i­tor.” He was as­signed

to clean­ing the NICU. “By

all means, I was hooked.”


Chis­ley co-au­thored a

chil­dren’s book, Daddy



Heart, which he ded­i­cated

to his daugh­ter.

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