Tidelands Health is led by a team of experienced health care executives who are proud to call the Tidelands region home.
Bruce Bailey, President and CEO
Bruce Bailey serves as president and CEO of Tidelands Health, providing executive leadership for the three-hospital system. Mr. Bailey began his career with the organization in 1999 after serving as administrator of Abbeville County Memorial Hospital in Abbeville, S.C., for six years. His previous experience also includes administrative responsibility at both long-term and acute-care health facilities in West Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia. In addition to his work with Tidelands Health, Mr. Bailey has served as a member of the national board of trustees for the American Hospital Association and chairman of the association’s Regional Policy Board 4. He has also served as chairman of the South Carolina Hospital Association board of directors. He previously served as chairman of SCHA’s political action committee and workforce advisory committee. Mr. Bailey has served as co-chair of the SCHA reengineering steering committee, a statewide task force charged with reengineering the way care is delivered in South Carolina. Mr. Bailey earned a bachelor’s degree in health care management and a master’s degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.
Gayle Resetar, Executive Vice President and COO
Gayle Resetar is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Tidelands Health. Ms. Resetar, who has day-to-day operational responsibility for the system, first joined the organization in 1990. She has held numerous positions, including assistant administrator at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She also led the construction and start-up effort for Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, opening the facility in 2002. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a past winner of ACHE’s Regents Award for recognition of the young health executive of the year in South Carolina. Ms. Resetar earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Fairmont State University in West Virginia. She completed a master's degree in health care administration at the University of South Carolina.
Beth Ward, Executive Vice President and CFO
Beth Ward serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Tidelands Health. In that role, she maintains fiscal responsibility for the organization and its associated facilities. Ms. Ward, who joined the organization in 2017, is a certified public accountant with more than 30 years of experience in health care finance. She was previously employed as CFO of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center University Hospitals and Clinics. Prior to that, she served as executive vice president and CFO of Wellmont Health System in Tennessee and chief financial officer and treasurer of Moses Cone Health System in North Carolina. She has also held financial management positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Division of Health Affairs, and the University of North Carolina Hospitals.
Philip Dulberger, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Physician Executive
Dr. Philip Dulberger serves as executive vice president and chief physician executive of Tidelands Health. Dr. Dulberger, who joined the organization in 2013, has responsibility for the delivery of clinical care across the health system. He also manages the organization’s physician relationships. Before joining the system, Dr. Dulberger led the development of and served as the initial CEO of Indiana University Health Quality Partners. Dr. Dulberger also served as the CEO/CMO of Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital. A board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Dulberger earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Methodist Hospital of Indiana and his anesthesia residency at Duke University Medical Center.
James "Jan" Harper, Senior Vice President and CHRO
Jan Harper is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Tidelands Health. Mr. Harper joined the organization in 2006. He previously worked with Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, where he served as CHRO. Mr. Harper also held several leadership roles with Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, N.C. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master's degree from Central Michigan University. Mr. Harper has served as president of the North Carolina Healthcare Human Resources Association and the South Carolina Healthcare Human Resources Association and on the board of directors of the Florida State Healthcare Human Resources Association. He is a Furman University diversity fellow.
Rick Kaylor, Senior Vice President of System Development
Rick Kaylor serves as senior vice president of system development for Tidelands Health. Before joining the organization in 2005, he served as system vice president of Ephraim McDowell Health and president and CEO of Ephraim McDowell Health Resource in Kentucky. He has also held executive leadership positions at hospitals in Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee. Mr. Kaylor holds master's degrees from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Western Kentucky University. He received a bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Pam Maxwell, Senior Vice President and CNO
Pam Maxwell serves as senior vice president and chief nursing officer for Tidelands Health. Ms. Maxwell joined the organization in 1999 and has held a variety of leadership roles. She previously served as assistant director of nursing at Auburn Memorial Hospital in Auburn, N.Y. She also served on the board of directors of the Western New York State Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and was a member of the New York State Nurse Executive Association. Ms. Maxwell received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Syracuse University in New York. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Professionals (ACHE). She is also a graduate of the South Carolina Hospital Association Management Academy. Ms. Maxwell is a member of the South Carolina Nurse Executive Organization and serves on the Horry Georgetown Technical College curriculum advisory committee.
Gerald Harmon, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs
Gerald Harmon, MD, is vice president of medical affairs for Tidelands Health. A board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Harmon also serves as immediate past chairman of the American Medical Association. Dr. Harmon completed his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina and his residency at U.S. Air Force Regional Hospital. He has been a family medicine physician in the Tidelands region for more than 25 years. He served as chief surgeon and assistant surgeon general before retiring from the National Guard and the U.S. Air Force, where he served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He has been a delegate to the AMA House of Delegates for nearly two decades and is a member of the AMA Council on Medical Service. He is a clinical professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He is a former president and chairman of the South Carolina Medical Association.
John LaRochelle, Vice President of Operations
John LaRochelle is vice president of operations, with administrative responsibility for Tidelands Health’s outpatient rehabilitation, pain therapy and wound care services, Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital and Tidelands HealthPoint Center for Health and Fitness. Since joining the organization in 1992, Mr. LaRochelle has held numerous administrative roles. He previously served as outpatient manager for Wesley Health System in Mississippi. Mr. LaRochelle received his pre-physical therapy education at Mississippi State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He served on the South Carolina board of physical therapy examiners.
Gary Metcalfe, Vice President of Supply Chain and Support Services
Gary Metcalfe serves as vice president of supply chain and support services for Tidelands Health. In this role, he is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of all supply chain and support services functions throughout the health system. He previously served as lead executive for Consolidated Supply Chain Services LLC, a Western Pennsylvania-based procurement and supply chain management corporation. He also held leadership roles with Excela Health in Western Pennsylvania and Georgia Baptist Healthcare System in Atlanta. Mr. Metcalfe earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Robert Morris University and a master’s degree in business administration from Kennesaw State University. He is a board member of Partners Cooperative Inc. and a member of The Council of Supply Chain Executives. Mr. Metcalfe is board certified in health care management and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Wanda Prevatte, Vice President of Outpatient Services and CCO
Wanda Prevatte is vice president of outpatient services and chief compliance officer for Tidelands Health. Ms. Prevatte, who joined the organization in 1979, has held numerous positions with the health system during her career. In her current role, she has responsibility for laboratory, imaging, cancer and cardiovascular services, as well as compliance. Ms. Prevatte is a graduate of the McLeod School of Medical Technology and holds a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Francis Marion University and a master’s degree in health care administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, the Healthcare Compliance Association and the Clinical Laboratory Management Association. She previously served as president of the Pee Dee Chapter of CLMA.
Chris Rees, Vice President of Safety, Service Excellence and Physician Services
Chris Rees is the vice president of safety, service excellence and physician services for Tidelands Health. In this role, Mr. Rees provides support and leadership in the areas of patient safety, service and physician engagement. He is a Six Sigma master black belt. Prior to joining Tidelands Health, he held numerous leadership roles, including director of quality, at the Medical University of South Carolina. Mr. Rees earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky and master’s degrees in business administration and health services administration at Xavier University in Ohio. He is chairman of the South Carolina Hospital Association’s data management committee, a certified Just Culture champion and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Amy Stevens, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Amy Stevens is vice president of marketing and communications for Tidelands Health. An Emmy-nominated executive, Ms. Stevens oversees the organization’s strategic marketing initiatives and communication programs. She previously served as vice president of marketing and communications for Louisiana-based LHC Group, a national post-acute care services company, and director of marketing and communications for Wellmont Health System in Tennessee. Mrs. Stevens holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from East Tennessee State University, a master’s degree in organizational management from Tusculum College and a master’s degree in business administration from King College, all in Tennessee. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.
Ashley Capps, Associate Vice President of Nursing Operations
Ashley Capps serves as associate vice president for nursing operations. Mrs. Capps, who joined the organization in 2015, is responsible for emergency departments, critical care units, women and children’s services and other programs across Tidelands Health. Mrs. Capps has more than 17 years of clinical and operational experience. Before joining Tidelands Health, she served as a clinical educator, clinical supervisor and registered nurse at Asheville Specialty Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Carolina University and an associate’s degree in nursing from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. She is a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the South Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Monica Grey, Associate Vice President of Transitional Care
Monica Grey serves as associate vice president of transitional care services for Tidelands Health. Ms. Grey joined the organization in 2003 and has held a variety of leadership roles. She is responsible for acute utilization management services, transitions and access to post-acute and community services and joint venture partnerships. Ms. Grey has previous experience in utilization management for Blue Cross, Blue Shield SC and nursing management with NHC Healthcare, with oversight for skilled and long-term care services. Ms. Grey holds a bachelor’s degree in health science and a master’s degree in health care administration, both from the Medical University of South Carolina, as well as a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is an accredited case manager by the National Board for Case Management and serves as a board member for the American Case Management Association, South Carolina chapter.
Karen Hazzard, Associate Vice President of Nursing Operations
Karen Hazzard is associate vice president of nursing operations for Tidelands Health. Ms. Hazzard, who joined the organization in 2011 as nursing operations director, oversees nursing operations for medical/surgical units and other programs systemwide. She previously taught nursing at Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Ms. Hazzard earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Delaware and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. She serves on the board of directors of the State Board of Nursing and is a member of the South Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders. She is board certified as an advanced nurse executive.
Brooke Cox Howard, Associate Vice President of Ambulatory Operations
Brooke Cox Howard serves as associate vice president of ambulatory operations. In this role, she has broad responsibility for the health system’s outpatient services. Ms. Howard joined the organization in 2008 as an administrative intern and has subsequently held roles of increasing responsibility. Before assuming her current position, she served as senior director of Tidelands Health Group, the health system’s network of physician practices. Ms. Howard holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Coastal Carolina University and a master’s degree in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is a member of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce board of directors and vice president of the local chapter of the South Carolina Medical Group Management Association.
James Principe, MD, FACP, Associate Chief Medical Officer
Dr. James Principe serves as associate chief medical officer for Tidelands Health. A board-certified internal medicine physician with extensive experience in the field, Dr. Principe earned his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and completed a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center.
Dr. Principe has served in several leadership capacities within the health system, including as medical director of the health system’s hospitalist care and as the chief of the departments of medicine at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital.
He is a senior fellow of the Society of Hospitalist Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Jeremy Stephens, Associate Vice President of Human Resources Operations
Jeremy Stephens serves as associate vice president of human resources operations for Tidelands Health. In this position, Mr. Stephens provides day-to-day leadership of the health system’s human resources functions, including recruiting, staffing and compensation.
Mr. Stephens, who joined the organization in 2017, has more than 20 years of human resources experience. Before joining Tidelands Health, he served as senior director of human resources for clinical operations at the University of Michigan Health System, as vice president and chief human resources officer for St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital in Chelsea, Michigan, and as director of human resources for the state of Michigan.
Mr. Stephens earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Central Michigan University.