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Rural Health Association of Tennessee names new Executive Director

MURFREESBORO, TN - The Board of Directors of the Rural Health Association of Tennessee has appointed Ms. Rebecca Bradley as Executive Director. Bradley will assume her new position effective August 1, 2017.

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Rebecca Bradley, new Executive Director of the Rural Health Association of Tennessee.

Bradley is a Partner with AES, LLC and serves as Vice President of Healthcare Consulting Services. She brings with her 14 years of health care and hospital association management experience. Bradley worked diligently from 2004-2016 for the Louisiana Hospital Association to address community needs. During her tenure at the association she also developed the Center for Rural Health Excellence through engaging rural health stakeholders statewide to leverage resources and strengthen Louisiana’s rural health safety net providers. She negotiated contracts that established a statewide rural health group purchasing network to provide lower cost alternatives to rural standalone facilities and supported lobbying efforts on issues affecting health information technology and rural hospitals at the state and federal legislature.

Bradley also successfully advocated for the enactment of legislation to provide financing mechanism to stabilize hospital share of state’s $8 billion Medicaid budget through Constitutional Amendments. She assisted in directing improvements to the engagement of grassroots advocacy groups to broaden the effectiveness of healthcare advocacy and hopes to do the same for Tennessee in her new position.

“As an experienced rural health non-profit executive, I am compelled to pursue my passion of working for and with the rural healthcare safety net to protect and expand access to necessary healthcare related services in rural Tennessee,” Bradley stated. “The Rural Health Association of Tennessee is excited to work with Rebecca Bradley as our new Executive Director,” said Kathy Atwood, Association President. “Her excellent qualifications and varied experiences will propel our association to the next level of services. We are pleased to have us join with us in the fight for quality health care for all rural Tennesseans.”

The Rural Health Association of TN is a non-profit organization of more than 600 individuals and organizations, providing meaningful services to the rural healthcare delivery network of Tennessee. For more information, visit

Published July 27, 2017

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