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Stan Hickson is the president of Ballad Health’s southwest market, with oversight of Johnson City Medical Center, Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital, and Niswonger Children’s Hospital.
Hickson has served since 2016 as chief executive officer of the Mountain States northeast operating division and as the chief executive officer of Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia. The northeast operating division includes all operations in Abingdon, Marion and Lebanon Virginia, including Smyth County Community Hospital and Russell County Medical Center. With nearly twenty years of healthcare experience, Hickson has served in various executive roles, including serving as executive partner for The Advisory Board, a leading national health care operations consulting firm. Hickson also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC, a 649-bed teaching hospital and trauma center operating under a Certificate of Public Advantage. He also served as chief operating officer of Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg, Virginia; associate administrator of Trident Medical Center in Charleston, SC; and as a strategic planner for HCA. Hickson began his career as an administrative resident at Novant Health in Charlotte, NC.
During Hickson’s tenure at Johnston Memorial Hospital, the hospital received recognition from independent national organizations, including Healthgrades and Consumer Reports, for patient safety and infection prevention.