March 28, 2017
Our CEO, Mike Sherrod was featured in VIP Bowling Green Magazine in the March issue of 'People You Should Know'.
Mike Sherrod, CEO of Tristar Greenview Hospital, pursued a career in healthcare administration after he saw frsthand the way it can directly help a patient. As a young boy, Mike was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and spent time in a hospital around the holidays. The hospital’s business administrator visited with him during his stay, and it made a lasting impact on him. Following his graduation from Maryville College, he began thinking about what career to pursue. His sister, a nurse practitioner, reminded him about the business side of healthcare. She encouraged Sherrod, and reminded him that he could help better people’s lives through healthcare, even if he didn’t want to handle blood or perform exams.
Sherrod eventually found his way to Tristar Greenview Hospital, and he couldn’t be happier to be there. Bowling Green was a top choice location for his whole family and when he received the call to relocate to south central Kentucky, he, along with his wife, Trish, and his children, jumped at the opportunity.
Tristar Greenview Hospital is currently staffed by more than 300 physicians and more than 500 employees. The hospital will soon add an Ambulatory Surgical Center, and hire more than 100 new employees in the next year.
With recent debate over healthcare in the news, how does Tristar Greenview Hospital work to provide the best care for patients?
We are committed to delivering superior patient-centered care to every patient on every visit. That means our focus is frst and foremost on our patients. Sometimes it is just the little things like listening while a patient tells a story or holding their hand that makes all the diference to getting them back to feeling better. We do everything possible to improve their health and provide them with the peace of mind they deserve. Often patients will tell us they feel we are family. I am always very proud to hear feedback like this.
What are the latest developments at Tristar Greenview?
TriStar Greenview has been caring for more and more patient visits the past three years. Admissions are up by 21 percent; visits to our emergency room increased by 33 percent, including 62% more patients who arrived via ambulance; inpatient surgeries increased by 41 percent and outpatient surgeries by 40 percent.
TriStar Greenview began investing $30 million in our facilities in 2016 to meet these demands of the rapidly growing population in Warren County and the surrounding communities.
Our new ambulatory surgery center (ASC), which we are developing in partnership with Southern Kentucky Surgicenter, will be the only center of its kind in Warren County. The ASC will fll a gap in the region by providing patients with greater access to the same exceptional care they receive from TriStar Greenview that is closer to home, has lower out-of-pocket costs, and shorter surgical and recovery times.
How does being an HCA affiliate help Tristar Greenview best serve patients here in Bowling Green?
TriStar Greenview is part of TriStar Health, a network of 13 hospitals and related care areas serving Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. Patients who need a higher level of care are already connected to our specialists at TriStar Skyline and TriStar Centennial medical centers in Nashville. Leaders and providers from each of these hospitals also work together to discuss best practices and provide continuity of care. TriStar Health is part of HCA, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. We bring best practices and adopt new technology that is developed with input from our colleagues across the country that are benefting patient’s right here in Bowling Green.
What is something people may not know about the hospital?
We were one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A” ranking as the safest hospitals in the United States, and one of only 12 hospitals in Kentucky. It is an honor be a part of this team for the past several years; they never stop striving for excellence in patient safety.
Tell us a little about your family.
I have been married to my wife Trish for 14 years. We have two wonderful children, Tyler and Madison. They attend Warren County Public Schools and stay busy with sports and various social activities.
What do you think makes the community of Bowling Green such a unique place to live?
We have lived and worked in several communities, but Bowling Green truly stands out to us as a great place to raise a family. The schools are great, the community members work well together, and it has everything a young family needs - from churches to sports programs to family activities.
What hobbies or interests do you enjoy?
As a family, we enjoy camping, going to ball games, hiking and water skiing. We really try to make the most of our time together when I am not at work and the kids are not playing sports.
What is your favorite place to spend a nice afternoon in town?
My weekends are reserved for family. We enjoy going to Hot Rods games and WKU sporting events. In the summer we often head to Barren River Lake for a few hours. From spring to fall, we love to camp when we can. We try to take advantage of all there is to do in the area and just pick from what is available to do each weekend.
Is there anything else you’d like people to know about Tristar Greenview?
I believe we have the best physicians, nurses, support staf and leaders in the business, and it is our privilege to care for patients in the Bowling Green and surrounding communities.
This article originally appeared in VIP Bowling Green