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Michael Sutton promoted to Market Chief Financial Officer


CHI Memorial is pleased to announce Michael Sutton has been selected as market chief financial officer (CFO). Sutton’s appointment as market CFO follows Troy Hammett’s transition to focus exclusively on his role as chief financial officer for the southeast division of Catholic Health Initiatives. Sutton will report to Janelle Reilly, CEO, CHI Memorial.Sutton has more than 22 years of healthcare leadership experience. Before joining CHI Memorial in 2001 as manager of cost and reimbursement, he served as a senior auditor for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. For the past five years, Michael has served as the vice president of finance at CHI Memorial.

“Michael has cultivated exceptional knowledge in all components of the healthcare finance industry,” says Reilly. “He has significant experience in performance improvement and operations, having held responsibility for cost and reimbursement, financial operations, revenue cycle, supply chain and managed care functions.”

During his 17 year tenure at CHI Memorial, notable achievements include acting as interim chief financial officer, serving as the financial lead on a $265 million master facility project, spearheading the “close the gap” initiative to reduce expenses by more than $12.2 million during the Great Recession, collaborating with payor strategies to achieve increases in reimbursement rates, and leading many performance improvement efforts resulting in multi-million dollars in year over year improvements.

Sutton holds a Master of Business Administration, Accounting degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee. He  is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Financial Management Association.CHI Memorial is pleased to announce it has received the Melanoma Hope Network Center of Excellence designation, one of only 17 centers in the country, and the only one in Tennessee. This designation recognizes melanoma treatment centers and physicians that offer exceptional care, knowledge and compassion to patients diagnosed with advanced melanoma.

“The foundation of the melanoma program at CHI Memorial is National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) evidence-based guidelines and interventions – all designed to prevent, treat, and cure melanoma and other skin cancers. We are dedicated to working together to provide outreach, education, and screening while connecting patients with the appropriate supportive and medical services they need,” says Terri Henderson, RN, BSN, OCN, oncology nurse navigator and program coordinator for the Elizabeth R. Smith Melanoma Program. “Our vision is simple – to get the word out and change the conversation around melanoma – and to become an outstanding regional referral program for the comprehensive management of melanoma and skin cancers.”

American Cancer Society (ACS) statistics show more than 90,000 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2018, and nearly 9,000 will die from the disease. Skin cancer is by far the most common of all cancers, and the rates of melanoma have been on the rise in the last 30 years. If caught early, the chances of survival are excellent. Once it has spread, the survival rates drop dramatically.

To learn more about the Elizabeth R. Smith Melanoma Program at CHI Memorial, call (423) 495-7778, or visit For more information about the Melanoma Hope Network, visit