St. Francis Hospital announces new Board of Trustees leadership

July 25, 2017

Columbus, GA (July 15, 2017) – Stephen T. Butler assumed leadership as Chair of the St. Francis Hospital Board of Trustees in July as Audrey Hollingsworth was recognized for her past year of service as Chair.

“Audrey has done an outstanding job leading us as Board Chair for the past year during a very transitional time in the life of St. Francis,” said David Koontz, CEO of St. Francis. “Her dedicated service combined with her commitment to this community has had a significant impact on helping us achieve key goals. As we all work together to make our community healthier, it begins with providing the highest quality of care to all we serve.”

The Board of Trustees plays a vital role in moving the organization forward, working with hospital leadership.

“The community and medical professionals who serve on our board are exceptional leaders within their respective industries. They bring valuable new perspectives to us by providing input and leadership on quality, service, strategy, finance and on engaging our employees, physicians and the community,” said Koontz. 

The board is comprised of the following community and physician leaders:

  • John Adams, MD, Colon/Rectal Surgeon, St. Francis Center for Surgical Care
  • Martha S. Bickerstaff, Community Leader
  • Stephen T. Butler, Chairman of the Board, W.C. Bradley
  • Vic Chhokar, MD, Cardiologist, Chhokar Clinic
  • Audrey Hollingsworth, HR Executive
  • David Koontz, CEO, St. Francis
  • Leland McCluskey, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, St. Francis Orthopedic Institute
  • Sylvester McRae, MD, OBGYN, OBGYN Physician Partners
  • Philip Thayer, President, J.P. Thayer Company
  • Nojan Valadi, MD, Neurologist, St. Francis Neurology
  • Patty Watson, Senior Executive Vice President & CIO, TSYS

About St. Francis

A part of LifePoint Health, St. Francis Hospital is a 376-bed facility that offers a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency room services and is the only area hospital offering open heart surgery. With more than 2,500 employees, 500+ physicians on the medical staff, and the latest technology, we strive to help you regain and maintain your health. Our overriding goal is to provide you with the best possible care. For more information, visit

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