James Tyler named CEO of Smyth County Community Hospital


MARION, Va. – James Tyler has been selected as the new CEO of Smyth County Community Hospital, Mountain States Health Alliance officials announced Friday. Tyler comes to Smyth County from Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg, Va., where he served as CEO for 10 years.

Prior to his tenure at Carilion, Tyler served as CEO for Wills Memorial Hospital in Washington, Ga. He has held a number of leadership roles with community hospitals, home health agencies and psychiatric hospitals. He also served as executive vice president of operations for Family Life Healthcare Continuum, which operates nursing home, hospice and assisted living facilities. He is licensed as a nursing home administrator in the state of Virginia, making him an ideal fit for Smyth County Community Hospital, which operates Francis Marion Manor, a 109-bed nursing home facility in Marion.

“We are very pleased to have a new CEO with such a wealth of healthcare experience and a great desire to become a part of our community,” said Joanne Groseclose, chair of the board of directors for Smyth County Community Hospital.

Tyler earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in clinical psychology at the University of South Alabama, followed by a master’s in religion at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC, and a master’s in business administration at Strayer University in Washington, D.C.

He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Rural Health Association, and the Virginia Rural Health Association.

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