Benton named CEO of Franklin Woods Community Hospital


Tony Benton, CEO

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) recently announced that Tony Benton has been named CEO of Franklin Woods Community Hospital (FWCH). He will transition into his new role starting Feb. 13.

Benton has served MSHA as Vice President of Strategic Planning since 2002. Under Benton’s leadership, MSHA has grown from an eight-hospital system in 2002 to a 13-hospital system today. During his tenure, Benton has provided oversight for MSHA’s growth and development through market share gain and capital improvement projects, using Baldrige Business Model principles as a guide. Benton has successfully managed the construction of four new facilities for MSHA, including Franklin Woods, which opened in August 2010.

 “Tony has well served MSHA with his leadership of the Strategic Planning department, including work with the system strategic plan and blueprint management process, CON (certificate of need) issues, market assessments, our social responsibility plans, and the creation of our Mountain States Earth Care initiative,” said David Nicely, CEO of MSHA’s Washington County, Tenn., hospitals. “I have every confidence that Tony will continue to serve MSHA at a very high level.”

After transitioning into his role as CEO of Franklin Woods, Benton will maintain oversight of the Facilities and Construction Management teams and the Grants and Awards department. He will also continue to assist MSHA with the development of the system’s Accountable Care Organization.

Prior to joining MSHA, Benton served as Finance Manager and Decision Support Analyst for Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Benton received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky, Lexington. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at East Tennessee State University and recently served as a senior examiner on the Malcolm Baldridge National Board of Examiners. Benton also serves on the boards of directors for Appalachian Mountain Project Access, Hands On! Regional Museum and the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

Back to News Listing