Carolyn Sparks Named CEO of HighPoint Health System’s Riverview and Trousdale Facilities
October 19, 2021
Gallatin, Tennessee (October 18, 2021) – HighPoint Health System today announced that Carolyn Sparks has been named as permanent chief executive officer (CEO) of its Riverview and Trousdale facilities. She has served as interim CEO since July.
“We are thrilled to welcome Carolyn into her new role as CEO of Riverview and Trousdale,” said Susan Peach, Market President of HighPoint Health System. “Carolyn is a great healthcare leader. She has tremendous operational expertise paired with a strong dedication to people and community. We are confident that she is the right leader to take these hospitals into the future.”
Sparks comes to HighPoint Health System from Southern Tennessee Regional Health System (STRHS), another LifePoint Health system in Tennessee, where she has served as chief operating officer (COO) of its Winchester and Sewanee locations since 2020. During her tenure at STRHS, she led several capital and construction projects, the expansion of service lines, the recruiting of new physicians, and many staff development and community initiatives. Prior to STRHS, she served as assistant administrator of LifePoint Health’s Hospital Support Center in Brentwood. Sparks is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
“In addition to her extensive operational experience, Carolyn brings HighPoint a genuine commitment to people and dedication to ensuring that a hospital is an excellent community partner,” said Jamie Winkler, chair of the Riverview Board of Trustees. “We’re excited to welcome Carolyn permanently to our community and to seek new and greater ways to advance our mission of Making Communities Healthier.”
Sparks earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a master’s degree in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
“I am so grateful for the warm welcome I have already received from the Hartsville and Carthage communities and the hospital teams these past few months,” said Sparks. “Riverview and Trousdale are wonderful facilities and valuable assets to the health and well-being of these communities, and I look forward to what lies ahead as we continue creating a place where people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice and employees want to work.”
About HighPoint Health
HighPoint Health System serves the healthcare needs of Middle Tennessee communities through four hospitals, including Sumner Regional Medical Center, the 167-bed flagship hospital located in Gallatin; Riverview Regional Medical Center, a 35-bed critical access hospital in Carthage, Trousdale Medical Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Hartsville and Livingston Regional Hospital, a 114-bed hospital in Livingston. The system, which employs more than 1,300 people, is part of LifePoint Health. To learn more about LifePoint Health, visit LifePointHealth.net.