OHA board names Powell as chair-elect; names Geister to board

OHA board names Powell as chair-elect; names Geister to board

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LEFT: Tammy Powell, president, SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital. RIGHT: Bennett Geister, CEO, Hillcrest Hospital South.

The Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) elected a new chair-elect and appointed a new board member at its meeting on May 21. Tammy Powell, president, SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital – Oklahoma City, was elected to serve as chairman-elect and will serve as the Association’s board chairman in 2022-23.
Powell has more than 30 years of health care experience in nursing and administration. She was first elected to the OHA board of directors in 2018 as an at-large member and has also served on the OHA Council on Quality and Patient Safety. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Powell received a Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Science, Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. She serves on the boards of numerous other organizations, including Leadership OKC, YWCA, Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum, and Downtown OKC. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XXV, a 2008 Journal Record Woman of the Year nominee, and 2012 OKC Friday Rising Star.
Bennett Geister, CEO, Hillcrest Hospital South, Tulsa, was appointed as an at-large member on the OHA board to fill an unexpired term through 2021. Geister has been the CEO at Hillcrest Hospital South since August 2018. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer at AllianceHealth Midwest and AllianceHealth Deaconess, following serving in a number of leadership positions at INTEGRIS Health. He holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas; and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He also serves on the OHA Council on Education.

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