Southeast Georgia Health System, Inc., Board of Directors has announced that Scott Raynes, MBA, MA will become the Health System’s
new president and chief executive officer (CEO) in January 2022. He will succeed
Michael D. Scherneck, who will retire after 18 years with the Health System, the last five
as its president and CEO.
Raynes has served as president of Baptist Hospitals, Inc. and executive
vice president of Baptist Healthcare Corp in Pensacola, Florida, since
2013, overseeing the operations of the organization’s five hospitals.
“Working closely with Gallagher Executive Search and Leadership Advisors,
we conducted a national search and reviewed more than 90 candidates for
the CEO position,” said Kay Hampton, chair, Southeast Georgia Health
System, Inc. “We were extremely pleased and impressed with the quality
of the applicants interested in leading our organization. Scott possesses
a wealth of hospital experience, from strategic planning and operational
oversight to patient-focused care and employee satisfaction. The board
members, medical staff and leadership team participating in the selection
process concluded that Scott is the best qualified candidate for our Health
System, team members and community.”
Raynes stated, “Southeast Georgia Health System is an excellent organization
that is positioned to meet the growing health care needs of the community.
I am honored to be selected to lead the Health System and look forward
to working with the excellent medical staff and team members to build
on its long-standing legacy.”
Raised in West Virginia, Raynes earned his bachelor’s degree in business
administration from West Virginia Institute of Technology, his master’s
degree in business administration with a specialization in health care
from West Virginia University, and a master’s degree in higher education
and counseling from Morehead State University.
During his tenure at the Baptist System in Pensacola, Raynes led Northwest
Florida and South Alabama’s largest health system which includes
five hospitals and residency and fellowship programs in orthopaedics,
internal medicine, primary care, sports medicine, cardiology and anesthesia.
The system is a national leader in patient satisfaction with over half
of the hospitals in the U.S. visiting for advice and consultation.
Prior to his position at Baptist, Raynes served as president and CEO at
NorthCrest Medical Center/NorthCrest Health System (Springfield, Tennessee),
and as president and CEO at Preston Memorial Hospital (Kingwood, West
Virginia). He’s also held leadership positions at HealthSouth Corporation
(Huntington, West Virginia and Mid-Atlantic Regional), Montgomery General
Health System, Inc. (Montgomery, West Virginia), and West Virginia University
Health System (Charleston/Morgantown, West Virginia).
Raynes and his wife Shawnna have two daughters, Delaney, a first year medical
student, and Ella, a high school senior. “Shawnna and I are excited
to relocate to the Golden Isles and look forward to becoming an integral
part of the community,” said Raynes.
Raynes is a past president of the Tennessee Hospital Association and a
fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has served
on many local boards of directors and held volunteer roles in communities
where he has lived.