New President Selected for Bastyr University; Dr. Tom Shepherd Brings Extensive Experience, Leadership Skills.
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SEATTLE--(BW HealthWire)--June 22, 2000
Bastyr University's board of trustees has selected Thomas C. Shepherd, DHA, as its next president. He succeeds founding president Dr. Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., who has retired.
Bastyr University is one of the world's leading academic centers for natural health sciences. With over 1,000 students, Bastyr offers degree programs in seven different disciplines of natural medicine. The university, clinic and research institute exemplify educational excellence for institutions of natural medicine throughout the world, with a health sciences faculty of over 150 qualified educators and researchers, including naturopathic physicians, Ph.D.'s, medical doctors, acupuncturists and nutritionists, among others.
Shepherd comes to Bastyr from a highly successful 28-year career in health care administration and management, where he has earned a reputation for bringing organizations to record levels of performance and success. He has served in a consulting or administrative capacity for more than 50 hospitals nationwide.
Most recently he served as president of Royale Healthcare, Inc., a hospital management company based in North Carolina which serves hospitals and health systems in the Eastern United States. At Royale, a company he co-founded in 1988, Shepherd guided hospitals through ownership changes and provided leadership in the areas of corporate organizational structure, strategic management and development, corporate culture development, team building and mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. He also developed physician-hospital organizations, foundations, and limited partnerships with physicians.
From 1984 to 1998, Shepherd served as senior vice president-operations for National Healthcare Inc. (now Community Health Systems) of Nashville, Tennessee. There, he directed growth from an initial public offering to raise capital. He was responsible for six divisions encompassing 36 owned facilities throughout 13 states.
Shepherd has also held positions throughout the South and Eastern United States with American Healthcorp, Inc., HCA -- Hospital Affiliates International, Methodist Hospital and Veterans Administration Hospital. In these organizations he was heralded for successfully turning around unprofitable operations, developing innovative health care delivery models, and increasing market share.
Don Murphy, Chair of the Bastyr University board of trustees, said, "We are thrilled that Dr. Shepherd has accepted the president's position. This is a very exciting time in Bastyr's history, due to the phenomenal growth of natural medicine. Tom Shepherd is uniquely qualified to lead Bastyr to our next level of success."
Shepherd received a Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) from Medical University of South Carolina in 1999, a Masters in Health Services Administration from George Washington University in 1975, and a BS in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1972. A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Shepherd has been active in a number of community, civic and philanthropic organizations.
Shepherd will assume his duties at Bastyr on July 3. His wife and six school-age children will relocate to the Seattle area later this summer.
"This is one of the most unique opportunities in health care higher education," said Shepherd. "Bastyr is one of the world's leading centers of excellence in natural medicine, and there is tremendous growth potential for both Bastyr and this medicine. I'm excited about the challenges and opportunities."
Bastyr University, in Kenmore, Washington, is a fully accredited institution, internationally recognized as a pioneer in the study of natural healing. It is the leading university for natural medicine in the United States, encompassing a multidisciplinary curriculum, a world-renowned research institute and the largest natural health clinic in the state of Washington. Founded in 1978 by practicing naturopathic physicians, Bastyr University integrates the pursuit of scientific knowledge with the wisdom of ancient healing methods and traditional cultures from around the world. Its mission is to serve as a leader -- a vital force -- in the improvement of the health and well-being of the human community through education, research and community health care.
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