Dr. David S. Hecht was named Chief of Staff effective July 1, 2012 at the James H. Quillen VA Medical
Center in Mountain Home, TN. In this role, Dr. Hecht is responsible for all clinical issues that affect the
medical staff and for overseeing the clinical, teaching, and research services provided by it. In addition,
he serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Dean for Veterans Affairs at East
Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Hecht
held the position of Chief of Surgery at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center and continues to actively
practice as a General Surgeon taking care of our Veterans.
Rob Adams joined Ballad Health in 2007 and has been in healthcare quality/process improvement, in some form, for 12 years. For 5 of the past 6 years he led operations as the Associate Administrator of FWCH, an 80 bed community hospital in Johnson City, TN. While in this role he directed 8 departments including the lean process improvement activities of the Value Optimization team. The team’s work over that time reduced infections and shortened length of stay in inpatient areas, as well as in the perioperative area. He also was the executive sponsor and administrative lead for the improvements in the 22 bed ED, which sees around 25,000 patients a year. Currently, Adams is supporting the Southwest and Southeast markets, corporate resources and Greeneville facilities of Ballad Health, in Operational Excellence. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from East Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in business, from Milligan College. Adams also earned his FABC (Fellow of the Advisory Board Company) in 2017. Adams is married to the most compassionate woman on earth, Robin, and together they have 4 incredible boys. They spend most weekends and nights following travel sports of some kind.
Randy Wykoff, MD, MPH & TM became the founding dean, College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University in 2006. He is a physician, board certified in both Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine. Positions held prior to his current role included: Senior Vice President for International Operations at Project HOPE (2002 – 2006); Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (1999- 2002); and several positions during eleven years at the United States Food and Drug Administration including Associate Commissioner for Operations and Deputy to the Acting Commissioner. In July 2019, Governor Bill Lee created a new Center for Rural Health research that Dr. Wykoff will direct.