John Quinlivan has been named market president for HCA’s TriStar Health System’s three hospitals in northwest Georgia, and chief executive officer for Redmond Regional Medical Center, effective Oct. 18.

Quinlivan will lead TriStar’s northwest Georgia market, composed of three hospitals – Cartersville Medical Center (Cartersville), Polk Medical Center (Cedartown) and Redmond Regional Medical Center (Rome). “We believe a new market structure will encourage greater collaboration and synergies across our three hospitals, and establish the largest hospital system north of Atlanta and south of Chattanooga,” said Larry Kloess, president of TriStar Health System.

Quinlivan has served as CEO at Emory Johns Creek Hospital since 2007, where he and his executive team successfully led the startup, joint-venture facility. Under his leadership, 34 new physicians were recruited to Emory Johns Creek in 12 different specialties; new services were launched (including a new cardiac cath lab and PCI service, with STEMI Door-to-Balloon times less than 60 minutes); new leaders were placed into their positions; and the hospital saw increased growth in the areas of admissions, surgery and emergency department visits. Notably, the hospital’s most recent medical staff perception scores and employee engagement scores are among the best in the company.

Efforts are already under way to identify a new CEO for Emory Johns Creek Hospital. “John will work closely with current Emory Johns Creek leadership in the coming weeks to assure a seamless transition of executive leadership at the hospital,” said Kloess.

Quinlivan joined HCA in 2003 after retiring from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel and battalion commander, with service in multiple locations including Korea, the state of Washington and the Greater Atlanta area. He holds a master’s degree in hospital administration (with honors) from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and previously served as chief operational officer for HCA’s North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla.

Quinlivan and his wife, Paige, are natives of Scottsboro, Ala., and are the parents of two grown children. They plan to relocate to Rome.

About Cartersville Medical Center Cartersville Medical Center, located in northwest Georgia, is a 112-bed facility accredited by The Joint Commission and recently named an Accredited Chest Pain Center. Acworth Medical Plaza – including Acworth Immediate Care and Acworth Imaging Center – and The Hope Center are facilities of Cartersville Medical Center. For more information about programs and services offered at Cartersville Medical Center, The Hope Center or Acworth Medical Plaza, call MedLine at (800) 242-5662 or visit

About Polk Medical Center Polk Medical Center is a 25-bed critical-access facility located in Cedartown, Ga., just south of Rome. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Polk Medical Center has a medical staff of 12 primary care physicians, a number of specialists and consultants, and a staff of approximately 100. In addition to excellent emergency medical care, Polk Medical Center provides a full range of services, including mammography, lab work and X-rays, CT scans, rehabilitation, and other inpatient and outpatient services. For more information on Polk Medical Center, visit

About Redmond Regional Medical Center Redmond Regional Medical Center is a 230-bed facility, serving as a referral source for all of northwest Georgia and parts of Alabama. Including its healthcare partners, Redmond has more than 245 physicians practicing in 30 specialties and a support staff of approximately 1,300 associates. Making excellent medical care convenient and available is Redmond’s first priority. With outstanding medical care and attention available 24/7, the hospital offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient programs, many of which are unique to the northwest Georgia region. Redmond offers a full-service cardiology product line and is nationally recognized as a top cardiac care center. Other areas of excellence include emergency care, orthopedics, vascular care, an inpatient rehabilitation unit and more. For additional information, visit the Redmond website at

Cartersville Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and Redmond Medical Center are part of HCA’s TriStar Health System, the region’s largest, most comprehensive healthcare provider, with 18 hospitals and 10 ambulatory surgery centers in Tennessee, Kentucky and northern Georgia.