Gyasi Chisley was recently named chief executive officer at Methodist North Hospital.
"Gyasi is a great fit for North due to his focus on growth, clinical quality and physician relationships," said Gary Shorb, CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. "His experience in varied healthcare executive positions will make him a valued addition to the MLH leadership team."
Prior to joining Methodist North, Chisley was the president and site administrator at Mercy Health, Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. In that role he was responsible for all business, financial, HR, nursing and operations transactions. He also was the corporate service line executive for orthopedics, facilities and food & dietary.
Chisley earned dual bachelor's degrees in psychology and biology from Morehouse College in Atlanta and a master's degree in health services/business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Chisley this week provided answers to these questions from The New Tri-State Defender:
TSD: What has it been like in your position so far?
Gyasi Chisley: My post has been wonderful thus far. I have received such a warm welcome from the Methodist family and the greater Memphis community. It seems as though all the individuals that I have encountered really want our hospitals and our communities to thrive. I am so happy to be a small part of that effort.
Moreover, I cannot say enough about our team at Methodist Healthcare North. We have an extremely collaborative, hard-working, dedicated team. The beauty of our team is the work at integration from all levels...our team is comprised of associates, physicians, volunteers, community leaders, and even former patients that want to help us execute our mission each and every day. It is our foundation and the reason for all the success that we have had in past and the continued success in our future.
TSD: As a child, did you ever envision such an opportunity?
GC: In a word, no. I believe you're as only good as your opportunity. Because I stand on the shoulders of so many influential people...family, mentors, friends, advocates...I have been afforded many opportunities that have helped shape my experience. At the end of the day, I am skinny kid from humble beginnings that has been able to live out his dreams because so many people have hoped, prayed, and willed these opportunities into existence. This can serve as both a benefit and a burden at times, but one that I carry and take very seriously.
I did, however, firmly believe that I would be in healthcare in some capacity. Healthcare is my ministry and hospitals are where I feel most comfortable and most vulnerable. This paradox is what drives me and keeps me on edge, with the intention to create the most viable, dynamic organization for our patients and their families.
GC: I want to focus on growth to ensure that residents of the northern communities of Memphis are staying healthy and have all of their health care needs met. In order to achieve this feat, we will have to break out of the walls of the hospitals and have staunch focus on accountable leadership, physician alignment and integration, best-in-class clinical outcomes, sound financial stewardship, patient-centered medical home development and patient education/engagement. With healthcare reform on the horizon, these tenets are no longer just business imperatives, but moral imperatives as well.