William H. Franklin, Jr., Ph.D.
William H. Franklin serves as Vice Chairman of the Board. In
addition to Board duties he is active in the corporate development
of Jackson Healthcare - reviewing acquisition candidates and
business plans; researching opportunities for de novo businesses,
developing their business models and writing their business plans;
monitoring industry and practice trends; and participating in the
He also collaborates with the portfolio presidents and their
management teams to refine and adapt their business models and
strategies to changing conditions, consult on business issues,
teach management development courses, and mentor de novo
Franklin attended Tufts University, George Washington
University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia State
He holds two degrees in engineering, an MBA, and Ph.D.
Franklin's professional career began in Scientific-Atlanta where
he held various positions in microwave engineering and most of the
He was tenured faculty in the College of Business Administration
of Georgia State University where he taught graduate courses in
strategy and entrepreneurship. He also taught in the university's
Small Business Development Center and developed most of the courses
and outreach to the Atlanta small business community.
Franklin and Jackson met at Georgia State University and have
been business associates since 1979.
John A. Bardis
Founder, Chairman Emeritus – MedAssets, Inc.
John Bardis is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as a consultant to the company. He founded MedAssets in June 1999 and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since its inception in August 1999 until his retirement in February 2015. He also served as President of the company since its inception until December 2014.
As a trusted advisor, Mr. Bardis works closely with the company’s executive team and remains engaged in valued client relationships, and in communicating the company’s unique value proposition as a performance improvement company to healthcare organizations.
With more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, beginning with American Hospital Supply and Baxter International, Mr. Bardis has held various senior management positions, including Vice President of the Baxter Operating Room Division and General Manager of the Eastern Zone. Mr. Bardis left Baxter in 1987 to join Kinetic Concepts, the nation's largest specialty bed and medical equipment rental company at the time of his departure as President in 1992. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Bardis was President and CEO of TheraTx, Inc., a leading provider of rehabilitation services and operator of skilled nursing facilities.
Mr. Bardis has been named by Modern Healthcare as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in Healthcare” for the last three years (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014). In 2013, he was the recipient of Becker Healthcare’s Annual Healthcare Leadership Award, which named him as one of the Thirty Top Leaders in healthcare.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Arizona.
W. Daniel Barker, MHA, LFACHE
Since 1991, W. Daniel Barker has served as Professor
Emeritus, Department of Community Health at the Emory University
School of Medicine, where he had been named an Associate Professor
in 1978 and Professor in 1988. From 1984 to 1990, he was the
Director of Hospitals for Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory
University, and now holds the title of Retired, Director of
Hospitals. In 1990, Barker became a Life Fellow with the
American College of Healthcare Executives (LFACHE).
Throughout the years, he has received numerous honors, including
Distinguished Service Awards from the American Hospital
Association, the Emory University School of Medicine, the Medical
Association of Atlanta, and George State University, Institute of
Health Administration Alumni Club.
Barker has served on numerous healthcare finance, advisory and
strategic planning committees, including as President of the
Georgia Hospital Association and Chairman of the Board of Trustees
of the American Hospital Association.
Jeb Bush was the 43rd governor of the state of Florida, serving from 1999 through 2007. During his two terms, Bush remained true to his conservative principles, cutting taxes, vetoing earmarks and championing major reform of government programs.
Under his leadership, Florida was on the forefront of consumer healthcare advances, led the nation in job growth, and launched and accelerated restoration of America’s Everglades. In education, Florida raised academic standards, required accountability in public schools and created the most ambitious school choice program in the nation. As a result, Florida students have made the greatest gains in academic achievement and Florida is one of a handful of states to significantly narrow the achievement gap.
Prior to and after his tenure as Governor, Bush was actively involved in the private sector helping to build the largest full service real estate company in South Florida and owning and operating successful consulting and investing businesses.
Bush maintains his passion for improving the quality of education for students by serving as the chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education which works with education leaders, teachers, parents and advocates to develop and implement reforms that lead to rising student achievement.
Bush has written three books, Profiles in Character; Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution; and Reply All.
He lives in Miami with his wife Columba. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Paul S. Ellison, LFACHE
Paul S. Ellison served as Executive Vice President of The
SunHealth Alliance from 1986 to 1995. From 1969 to
1986, he served as the President of Cleveland Memorial
Hospital in Shelby, North Carolina.
Ellison has been a member of the North Carolina Hospital
Association since 1967, serving as President 1972-1973, and
received the Distinguished Service Award and the Meritorious
Service Award from the Association in 1986 and 1992,
respectively. He has also served as Chairman of the American
College of Healthcare Executives from 1990 to 1993 and he received
the Lifetime Service Award in 2000. He served on the Board of
Directors of the Southeastern Hospital Conference from 1989 to
1992, serving as Chairman from 1979 to 1980. Ellison was a
member of the American Hospital Association's House of Delegates
and has served on the Board of the North Carolina Health Insurance
Advisory Board and on the Board of North Carolina Blue Cross/Blue
Ellison is a graduate of Wofford College and of the post
graduate program in hospital administration at Charlotte Memorial
Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center.
Charles R. Evans, FACHE
Charles R. Evans is President of the International Health
Services Group (IHSG) and Senior Advisor at Jackson
Healthcare. IHSG is a social enterprise he founded in 2007 to
support health services development in underserved areas of the
world. It is the mission of IHSG to work with established
organizations to supplement their capabilities in healthcare
management and development as they work to achieve their broader
missions. Current projects are located in Sub-Saharan Africa
and Latin America. IHSG founded and supports the Leadership
Corps for management capacity building and is active in
encouraging international hospital partnerships between US
hospitals and hospitals in economically developing countries.
Evans is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare
Executives. He served as a Governor of the College from 2004
- 2007, Chairman Officer from 2008 - 2011, and was the recipient of
the 2014 ACHE Gold Medal Award - the highest honor the organization
bestows. He also serves as a member of the boards at MiMedx
Group, CareSpot Express Healthcare, and on the Senior Advisory
Board at MedAssets. Additionally, he serves on the boards of
non-profit organizations including MedShare International,
MedicalMissions.org, and is chairman of the Hospital Charitable
Service Awards. He is the International Hospital Federation's
Special Advisor for the Americas Region. Evans also serves as
a member of the Global Catalyst Group for Institutional Health
Partnerships and the International Healthcare Management
Competencies Consortium. In 2012, he attained the Board
Leadership Fellow credential of the National Association of
Corporate Directors. He is active in numerous professional
associations and community organizations.
Evans' other professional experience includes HCA (Hospital
Corporation of America) where he managed company divisions
including North Carolina, MidAmerica, and Southeast. He was named
President of HCA's Eastern Group in 2004, and was responsible for
operations in the Eastern half of the company. Prior to
joining HCA, Evans served in executive positions at Memorial
Medical Center of Jacksonville, Florida, and Community Hospitals,
A West Virginia native, Evans received an undergraduate degree
from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Master of Arts from Indiana
University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Indiana University.
Reynold J. Jennings, LFACHE
President, Jennings Health Group
Reynold J. Jennings is an award-winning health system and hospital executive with more than 40 years of hands-on experience. Through Jennings Health Group, he provides strategic and operational consulting services to healthcare organizations, in addition to influencing public policy at the state level.
In 2007, Jennings retired from a nearly two-decade long career with Tenet Healthcare Corporation. As Tenet’s COO, he was responsible for operational oversight of Tenet’s 69 core acute care hospitals and other facilities in 13 states. Prior to his role as COO, he served Tenet and its predecessors, National Medical Enterprises and American Medical International, as a hospital CEO and multi-region senior vice president.
In 2011, the Board of Trustees of Atlanta-based WellStar Health System — a not-for-profit system with five hospitals, more than 12,000 employees and 1,126 medical staff members — invited Jennings to help prepare the organization for the future and navigate its transition through the Affordable Care Act. He agreed to come out of retirement and serve a four-year commitment as the system’s president and CEO.
In 2013, the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals named Jennings CEO of the Year. For four consecutive years, Georgia Trend listed him as one of 100 most influential Georgians. Prior to his retirement from WellStar in December 2015, Jennings architected a multi-hospital acquisition that catapulted WellStar to one of the three largest health systems in the Southeastern U.S.
He is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served as a board member and officer of the American Federation of Hospitals. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Cleveland Clinic Florida Hospital as well as on Mayo Clinic’s and Walgreens National CEO Councils.
Jennings has a Master’s of Science degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina at Columbia and a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Georgia.