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Thomas H. Cummins, MDThomas H. Cummins, MD

Senior Vice President, Regional Chief Medical Officer

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System


Thomas Cummins, MD is the Senior VP - Regional Chief Medical Officer of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville, SC. In addition to his CMO activities, Dr. Cummins oversees the pharmacy, lab and care management. Prior to joining Bon Secours in January 2018, Dr. Cummins was the Senior VP/Chief Medical Officer at CHI St. Vincent Arkansas. In this role he improved safety reporting followed by significant improvement in safety events for three (3) straight years while maintaining a high level of safety reporting.
Dr. Cummins is a graduate of Baylor University in Waco, TX. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine from University of Arkansas in Little Rock, AR and his Master’s in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and spent 18 years providing care before becoming a full time administrator. He is a member of the American Association of Physician Leadership and the American College of Physicians.




Alex GarveyAlex Garvey, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Mission
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Alex Garvey, Ph.D. joined Bon Secours Francis in 2016 as Senior Vice President of Mission. Alex was born in Cork, Ireland, at one of our Bon Secours sister hospitals, and speaks Gaelic and English. He comes to us after serving as Vice President of Mission and Ethics for Bon Secours Hampton Roads as well as the Mission leader for Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, Harbour View, Maryview Nursing Care Center, and Province Place of Maryview. He earned his Master of Arts degree in Practical Theology from Barry University and his Doctoral degree in Ethics from Duquesne University. Alex oversees the Spiritual Care team, Healthy Community Initiatives, Human Trafficking Initiatives, and leads the Ethics program. Alex enjoys spending family time with his wife and son, and meeting the friendly people of South Carolina.


Ronnie Hyatt
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Ronnie Hyatt joined Bon Secours St. Francis in 2001, after more than 20 years with Mary Black Health System in Spartanburg, SC, where he also served as CFO. He holds a Finance degree from the University of South Carolina and is active in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), at both the national and state levels. He has served as president of the South Carolina HFMA and has earned many HFMA accolades for his service. In 2013, he earned designation as a Certified Healthcare Finance Professional.

Ronnie is active in promoting bicycle and pedestrian safety measures and improvements in Greenville, is a board member of the local Greenville Humane Society, and has interests in similar civic committees and boards. Outside of professional interests, he enjoys travel, cycling, golf and most outdoor activities, and spending quality time with his wife and golden retriever.


Keith NewnamKeith Newnam, MBA, PMP
Vice President of Population Health Management
Bon Secours St Francis Health System

Keith Newnam currently serves as the Vice President, Population Health Management for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, in Greenville, SC. He serves as the Executive Director for Health Partners Bon Secours St. Francis, a Clinically Integrated Network (CIN) and serves as the Bon Secours St. Francis executive representative for Southeastern Health Partners (SEHP), a Super Clinically Integrated Network (SCIN). He is the Chairman of the Population Health Committee for SEHP, with oversight of the Quality, Care Coordination, Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC), and Analytic subcommittees. His responsibilities include the leadership for Business Development, Community Care Management, Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation, Outpatient Diabetes Education, and shared leadership for Managed Care operations.

Keith joined Bon Secours Health System in 2009 and has served in a variety of leadership positions, including Quality Assurance Manager for the Epic™ electronic medical record implementation, Laboratory and Respiratory Therapy Integration Program Manager, Compliant Documentation Management Program (CDMP) Enterprise Manager, and most recently the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Director of Implementation and Integration at the Health System Office (HSO), in Marriottsville, MD.

Keith joined Bon Secours Health System after 16 years of leadership and management with Shaw Industries. As a Project Management Professional (PMP), he has been responsible for project implementation and management in the healthcare, manufacturing, and contracting industries. Keith is a graduate of Averett University in Danville, Virginia, earning both his BBA and MBA.

Keith is married with two daughters and currently resides in Moyock, NC. He enjoys boating, scuba diving, traveling, and woodworking.




Karen Schwartz

Karen Schwartz
Vice President, Performance Management and Support Services
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System 

Karen Schwartz is the Vice President, Performance Management and Support Services for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. She joined Bon Secours in 1983. In her current role, she provides strategic direction and operational oversight for Support Services and LEAN Transformation within the South Carolina market. Schwartz also serves as the operational executive for the Strategic Change Office. Karen holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina and a bachelor degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. She is a Fellow in American College of Healthcare Executives and a Black Belt in Six Sigma.


Erik WhaleyErik B. Whaley, CFRE
Vice President, St. Francis Foundation
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Erik Whaley has nearly 25 years of development experience beginning as Executive Director for the Upstate March of Dimes. From there, Erik started his journey into healthcare philanthropy starting at St. Francis Foundation 22 years ago. He went on to serve as the Vice President of Development for Tuomey Healthcare System and Spartanburg Regional Foundation. Erik came back to his hometown of Greenville almost six years ago to work with the foundation team at Bon Secours St. Francis. Erik is married to Ann, a labor and delivery nurse at Bon Secours St. Francis, and they have three children; William, Virginia Grace and McCoy.