Chris Lee, a respected member of the business community, has been selected as chairman of Bristol Regional Medical Center’s board of directors.
Lee is chief operating officer at Bill Gatton Automotive. During his 35-year career with the company, he has served as general manager of dealerships, new car sales manager and used car sales manager.
He has has also served as chairman of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Tennessee Automotive Dealers Association. Lee is a member of the Rotary Club of Bristol.
He succeeds John Vann, who served as chairman for the last two years.
“It’s quite an honor to be selected to lead the board for Bristol Regional, which is making a profound difference for the patients we serve,” Lee said. “We have excellent leadership in the hospital, and all the co-workers and physicians provide an optimal experience for those who entrust us with their care. Bristol Regional has played a vital role in the health and well-being of our community for decades, and the board takes great pride knowing the future is bright for our hospital.”
In addition to Lee, the board has selected Suzanne Rollins, who retired in 2009 as Wellmont Health System’s chief nursing officer, as vice chairwoman and Martin Kent, president and chief operating officer of The United Co., as secretary.
Two physicians on the medical staff have also joined the board – Ben Scharfstein, M.D., a surgeon who is medical director of the hospital’s Level II trauma center, and Roger McSharry, M.D., a pulmonologist and critical care specialist with Wellmont Medical Associates. Earlier in his career, McSharry served as Bristol Regional’s chief medical officer.