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William H. Franklin, Jr., Ph.D.

Vice Chairman

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 portfolio management.

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 presidents.

Franklin attended Tufts University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia State University.

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 business functions.

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

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 Shield. 

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, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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.