Asbury Place Leadership Announcement

After a thorough process, we have completed the search for the Vice President of Tennessee Operations. This visionary and accomplished leader will have oversight over both the Maryville and Kingsport campuses. Melissa Fury has accepted our offer for this position, and she will assume this leadership role on December 14, 2020.

Over her 25-year career in healthcare and operations, Melissa has a proven history overseeing the development and implementation of complex clinical and administrative programs to achieve operational goals and revenue targets. She is skilled at delivering cross-functional alignment of teams and opportunities to create value for customers and organizations with a talent for building and maintaining long-standing business relationships with providers and staff, executive teams, community partners, and program stakeholders at all levels.

Prior to Asbury, Melissa served at Trinity Health in Livonia, Michigan, as the Vice President of Merger and Acquisition Integration and Operational Alignment where she oversaw the successful integration and alignment of hospital and health systems, home health, senior communities, including continuing care retirement communities, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).  Her accomplishments include:

  • Pioneering the structuring and implementation of the Integration Management Office from concept to successful execution, eliminating reliance on outside support and significantly reducing costs to become a leading practice for health system integration. This implementation included several successful health system integrations and the execution of a portfolio of synergy initiatives during a multibillion-dollar merger, which achieved more than $300 million in annual savings.
  • Melissa is a registered nurse (RN) and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executive (FACHE) where she Chairs the Program Committee and serves as a Board member for the Midwest Chapter (MCACHE).

Melissa’s passion aligns with Asbury’s Mission “to do all the good we can,” and Vision “to redefine the expectations of aging.” Her career has been dedicated to serving others, through innovative programming, prioritizing cultural and environmental initiatives, and strategic and operational planning with an eye on financial stewardship. She feels she is called to serve particularly faith-based and not-for-profit organizations. Melissa volunteers with several organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

She has proven that she is adept at leading and navigating through complex environments – and Melissa knows the value of collaboration and its role in achieving outcomes that support the greater good.

In welcoming Melissa, we also want to be sure to recognize the leaders at Maryville and Kingsport for their incredible work in recent months as they have stepped up to lead these communities. Norene Cochran, NHA at Kingsport, and Rene Sharp, NHA at Maryville, along with other community leaders, have done a phenomenal job. These leaders demonstrated great leadership and resilience during this period.

Melissa and her adopted bulldog Lily will be relocating from Michigan. Her hobbies include running, cycling and yoga.

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