United Way of Sumner County's 2018 campaign to raise $1 million will be led by one of the community's most respected business leaders, who also has a long history as one of the organization's most visible and active supporters.
UWSC officials announced this week that TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center CEO Regina Bartlett is returning to the organization as its 2018 campaign chair. Bartlett previously worked with the local charity as its 2011 campaign chair, a member of the UWSC Board of Directors from 2011-2017, and as the 2014-15 Board chair. Additionally, she was recognized as the inaugural winner of UWSC's Fundraiser of the Year Award in 2012.
Bartlett says United Way and its partner agencies have a history of changing lives for the better throughout the community, and she is looking forward to continuing her efforts to advance those efforts.
"I am honored to be asked to represent United Way of Sumner County as its 2018-19 Campaign Chair," Bartlett said. "Throughout my 40-year career with HCA, I have had the privilege of supporting United Way. In that time, I have witnessed numerous examples of how our partner agencies make life-changing differences for individuals and families in need. Simply put, giving to United Way is one of the most effective ways to help our friends, neighbors, and in some cases, our own families right here at home. I am very excited to begin our campaign, and I look forward to sharing the great work of our team over the next year!"
UWSC Board Chair Lindy Gaughan says Bartlett is the perfect choice to the lead the 2018 Campaign.
"I am absolutely thrilled that Regina has agreed to lead our campaign," Gaughan said. "Her knowledge of the community, her dedication to United Way and the causes it serves, and her reputation as an outstanding business leader combine to make her the perfect choice for this position. I am looking forward to the great things we are going to accomplish together in the months ahead."
Bartlett has over 37 years of healthcare experience, starting her career with HCA as a nurse at Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga in 1978. In 1996, she moved to South Pittsburg Hospital in South Pittsburg, Tenn., as the chief nursing officer, and in 1998 she was promoted to the position of chief nursing & operating officer at Hendersonville Medical Center. In 2004, Regina transferred to Skyline Medical Center, where she served as the Chief Operating Officer until 2007, when she returned to Hendersonville Medical Center as its chief executive officer.
From the beginning of her career, Bartlett has been motivated by the life and legacy of HCA founder Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., who said, "bettering the human condition is the greatest good any individual can achieve." Regina believes that she has indeed been blessed to be able to work in a profession with such an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.
Regina is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Tennessee Hospital Association, and Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society for Business Programs. Her degrees are in Business Administration and Nursing. She is active in the local community through various organizations such as Rotary, Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, Forward Sumner Economic Partnership, and United Way of Sumner County.
In 2010, Regina was named as a recipient of the Health Care Hero Award by the Nashville Business Journal. In 2011 she was honored by the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce as the Woman Business Leader of the Year. In 2012, she was honored by the Hendersonville Star News as the Citizen of the Year. In 2013, 2014, & 2015, Regina was a recipient of the Sumner County Impact Award and was recognized as an Impact Awards Hall of Fame honoree for achieving this award for three consecutive years.
She and her husband are originally from the Chattanooga area and have resided in Hendersonville for the past 17 years. Their favorite pastime is spending as much time as possible with their family, especially their granddaughter, Addie Grace.