Tracy Byers to join Unicoi County Memorial Hospital as administrator


Tracy ByersERWIN, Tenn. – Tracy Byers has been selected to serve as the administrator for Unicoi County Memorial Hospital (UCMH). The hospital, which is currently under a management agreement with Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA), is in the process of joining MSHA, pending approval of the acquisition by the Unicoi County Commission and the Tennessee Attorney General. The UCMH Board of Control and Erwin Town Council have already approved the sale.

Byers will begin working with interim CEO Jete Edmisson on Sept. 9, and Edmisson will remain at UCMH until Sept. 30.

Byers comes to UCMH from Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City, Ok., where he serves as Chief Operating Officer. He has also served as Chief Operating Officer for Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma, Tenn.; Chief Executive Officer for Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville, Ky.; and Assistant Administrator and Long-Term Care Administrator for Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin, NC.

“We are excited to bring Tracy’s expertise to Unicoi County Memorial Hospital,” said Candace Jennings, MSHA’s Senior Vice President of Tennessee Operations. “He has extensive experience with similar-sized hospitals, and also with hospital-based long-term care, which is an integral part of the services that UCMH offers to the community.”

In addition to operating long-term care facilities, Byers has overseen multiple capital construction projects, enhanced hospital operations through the recruitment of new physicians, and improved patient satisfaction using the nationally-recognized Studer Program.

He earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville, and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from David Lipscomb University. 

Byers is a Tennessee native. He and his wife, Evie, have three children: Ellen, age 17; Lauren, age 11; and William, age 6. The family enjoys outdoor recreation and has spent time vacationing in Northeast Tennessee and surrounding areas.  

“They are looking forward to becoming involved in the community and enjoying the natural beauty our region has to offer,” Jennings said.

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