William H. Franklin, Jr., Ph.D.
Vice Chairman

William H. Franklin serves as Vice Chairman of the Board. In addition to Board duties he is active in the corporate development of Jackson Healthcare – reviewing acquisition candidates and business plans; researching opportunities for de novo businesses, developing their business models and writing their business plans; monitoring industry and practice trends; and participating in the portfolio management.

He also collaborates with the portfolio presidents and their management teams to refine and adapt their business models and strategies to changing conditions, consult on business issues, teach management development courses, and mentor de novo presidents.

Franklin attended Tufts University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia State University.

He holds two degrees in engineering, an MBA, and Ph.D.

Franklin’s professional career began in Scientific-Atlanta where he held various positions in microwave engineering and most of the business functions.

He was tenured faculty in the College of Business Administration of Georgia State University where he taught graduate courses in strategy and entrepreneurship. He also taught in the university’s Small Business Development Center and developed most of the courses and outreach to the Atlanta small business community.

Franklin and Jackson met at Georgia State University and have been business associates since 1979.

John A. Bardis

John Bardis founded MedAssets, a leading healthcare performance improvement company, in 1999.   He served for 15 years as its Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until he retired in 2015.  He led the company to tremendous growth both leading up to and following MedAssets successful initial public offering in 2007.   He was named Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2017 and served in that role until 2018.  Prior to founding MedAssets, Mr. Bardis held various senior management positions in the healthcare industry and has worked with American Hospital Supply, Baxter International, Kinetic Concepts and TheraTx, Inc.

Bardis was named Entrepreneur of the year by INC. Magazinein 1995.  In 2012, Bardis received recognition from Ernst & Young as the Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in the Southeast.  He was also recognized by Modern Healthcareas one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in Healthcare” for four consecutive years (2011- 2014).  Additionally, Becker’s Healthcareawarded him its Annual Healthcare Leadership Award in 2013, naming him one of the top 30 leaders in healthcare.

Bardis is the founder and chairman of Hire Heroes U.S.A. Hire Heroes has grown to be the largest and most successful non-profit veteran employment and training organization in the United States.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Arizona.  He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Judy, and has three children.

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush was the 43rd governor of the state of Florida, serving from 1999 through 2007. During his two terms, Bush remained true to his conservative principles, cutting taxes, vetoing earmarks and championing major reform of government programs.

Under his leadership, Florida was on the forefront of consumer healthcare advances, led the nation in job growth, and launched and accelerated restoration of America’s Everglades. In education, Florida raised academic standards, required accountability in public schools and created the most ambitious school choice program in the nation. As a result, Florida students have made the greatest gains in academic achievement and Florida is one of a handful of states to significantly narrow the achievement gap.

Prior to and after his tenure as Governor, Bush was actively involved in the private sector helping to build the largest full service real estate company in South Florida and owning and operating successful consulting and investing businesses.

Bush maintains his passion for improving the quality of education for students by serving as the chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education which works with education leaders, teachers, parents and advocates to develop and implement reforms that lead to rising student achievement.

Bush has written three books, Profiles in Character; Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution; and Reply All.

He lives in Miami with his wife Columba. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Charles R. Evans, FACHE

Charles R. Evans is President of the International Health Services Group (IHSG) and Senior Advisor at Jackson Healthcare.  IHSG is a social enterprise he founded in 2007 to support health services development in underserved areas of the world.  It is the mission of IHSG to work with established organizations to supplement their capabilities in healthcare management and development as they work to achieve their broader missions.  Current projects are located in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.  IHSG also founded and supports the Leadership Corps for management capacity building.  Finally, IHSG is active in encouraging international hospital partnerships between US hospitals and hospitals in economically developing countries.

Jackson Healthcare is an Atlanta-based consortium of companies that provide physician and clinician staffing, anesthesia management and healthcare information technology solutions proven to improve clinical and financial outcomes to hospitals, health systems and physician groups throughout the U.S.

Evans serves as a member of the boards at Jackson Healthcare, MiMedx Group, WellStreet Urgent Care and Arena.  Additionally, he serves on the boards of non-profit organizations including FaithBridge Foster Care and the American International Health Alliance.

In 2012, he attained the Board Leadership Fellow credential of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE); served as a Governor of the College from 2004 – 2007; Chairman Officer from 2008 – 2011; and was the recipient of the 2014 ACHE Gold Medal Award – the highest honor the organization bestows.  He currently serves as Special Advisor to ACHE on International Affairs, and is an Honorary Member of the International Hospital Federation.

Evans’ other professional experience includes Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) where he managed company divisions including North Carolina, MidAmerica, and Southeast. He was named President of HCA’s Eastern Group in 2004, and was responsible for operations in the Eastern half of the company.  Prior to joining HCA, Evans served in executive positions at Memorial Medical Center of Jacksonville, Florida, and Community Hospitals, Indianapolis, Indiana.

A West Virginia native, Evans received an undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Master of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Indiana University.

Reynold J. Jennings, FACHE
President, Jennings Health Group

Reynold J. Jennings is an award-winning Hospital Executive with forty-one years of experience in both not-for-profit and for-profit hospital systems. After corporate retirement in 2016, he now provides Community “Give Back” services and public policy recommendations through his private company Jennings Health Group LLC.

From 2011 to 2016, Jennings served as President and Chief Executive Officer of WellStar Health System, a not-for-profit health system with five hospitals, more than 12,000 employees and 1,126 medical staff members. Jennings led the acquisition of the five Tenet Healthcare Atlanta facilities to make WellStar the largest healthcare system in Georgia and the third largest in the Southeastern United States with approximately 19,000 employees.

Prior to joining WellStar, Jennings served in Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer roles with Tenet Healthcare Corporation. As Tenet’s COO, he was responsible for operational oversight of Tenet’s 69 core acute care hospitals and other facilities in 13 states.

Jennings has had extensive experience as a hands-on hospital operating executive for over 30 years. Jennings began his health care career in 1972 at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia, starting as a pharmacist and rising to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. From 1983 to 1991, he served as Chief Executive Officer of a number of acute care hospitals, including Doctors Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., Clearwater Community Hospital in Clearwater, Fla., and Palms of Pasadena Hospital, a St. Petersburg, Florida facility.

In 1991, he was promoted to Senior Vice President responsible for National Medical Enterprises’ acute care hospitals in Texas, Missouri and West Florida. In 1993, he left Tenet to join Ramsay Health Care Inc. as Chief Operations Officer and played a key role in stabilizing the financial performance of that New Orleans-based hospital company, eventually becoming Chief Executive Officer. After re-joining Tenet in 1997 as Senior Vice President of the company’s Gulf States Region, he rose to become COO in 2004.

Jennings is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served as a board member and officer of the American Federation of Hospitals. He has a masters of science degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina at Columbia and a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Georgia.

Tom Price, M.D.

Dr. Thomas E. Price, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon, most recently served as the 23rd Secretary of Health and Human Services. After receiving both his bachelor’s and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, Price completed his General Surgery Internship and Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Emory University. After his training, Dr. Price – a third generation physician – began a solo medical practice in Atlanta. That practice, where he served as Chairman of the Board, grew to be one of the largest, non-academic orthopedic practices in the country. During his more than two decades as a practicing physician, he served as Medical Director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital, as well as an Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Price was elected to four terms in the Georgia State Senate, eventually serving as Senate Minority Whip and later as the first Republican Senate Majority Leader in the history of Georgia. Dr. Price also served as the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District from 2005-2017. During his congressional career, Dr. Price served in various leadership roles including Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

Dr. Price and his wife, Betty, have lived in the Metro-Atlanta area for nearly 40 years. They have one adult son.