(Jackson, Tennessee, January 26, 2010)…The Board of Trustees of West Tennessee Healthcare voted at their January board meeting to name Bobby Arnold as president & CEO of the system. Arnold has been serving as interim president and CEO since June 2009.
“Bobby has been providing outstanding leadership for the organization over these past 7 months,” stated Curtis Mansfield, board chairman. “He has a broad knowledge of the healthcare industry and understands the heritage upon which the organization was built, as he has worked for West Tennessee Healthcare for 25 years. He is a servant leader and the board is confident he will provide excellent leadership for the future.”
Arnold was born at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and was reared in East Jackson. After graduating from Jackson Central-Merry High School and Union University, he was a member of the Jackson Police Department from 1976 to 1981 and was a senior auditor for the State of Tennessee from 1981 to 1985. He joined West Tennessee Healthcare as an accounting manager in 1985 and was promoted several times in the accounting area. In 1999 he was named Vice President and CFO.
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“I am grateful and honored to be given the opportunity to serve the system in this capacity,” commented Arnold. “We have a long history of excellence in our community and it is directly related to our wonderful, capable employees, physicians, and volunteers, not to mention our state-of-the-art technology and facilities. In addition, we have outstanding, dedicated leadership in our board and strong support from our elected officials and community. Because of all this, I am more confident than ever in our ability to serve the healthcare needs of West Tennessee in the future.”
Arnold has been married for 31 years to Sheila, and they have two children, Abby and John, and two grandchildren. He is an enthusiastic sports fan and enjoys spending evenings at the Diamond Jaxx games. He is also an avid reader, enjoys blues and jazz music, hiking, and local arts events. He is active in the community and has served on several boards, including the S.T.A.R. Center and the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame. Currently he is on the board of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, Jackson Downtown Development Corporation, and the West Tennessee Regional Blood Center. He is active in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA), working on several committees. In addition, he is a long-time member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, serving in a multitude of capacities.