TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center has named Patrick Rafferty as the hospital's new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

“Patrick is an excellent addition to our leadership team,” said Regina Bartlett, TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “He was instrumental in leading improvement teams in vital service areas at our sister facility, TriStar Centennial, and his insight and experience will be an asset as we work to create a healthier tomorrow for the communities we serve.”

Prior to joining the staff at TriStar Hendersonville, Rafferty was associate administrator at TriStar Centennial Medical Center, the 741-bed HCA Healthcare hospital in Nashville, Tenn. He served in that role since 2017, following a one-year administrative fellowship at the hospital. During his tenure at TriStar Centennial, Rafferty served as the line officer for operational departments including Respiratory Therapy, Rehab Services, EVS, Parking/Valet, Neurodiagnostics, and Sleep Lab, among others. He led improvement initiatives in the areas of patient throughput, EVS rounding, Nursing/Support Services, employee parking, and bed management. He managed the construction of the new parking garage at Centennial, which included standing up a two-year employee shuttle program during the construction process. He also served as the Co-Ethics and Compliance Officer for the hospital.

Rafferty earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Health Administration from the University of Iowa. He is a 2019 graduate of the HCA Executive Development Program and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Rafferty's community involvement includes work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Gilda's Club, and Habitat for Humanity.

A native of northern Illinois, Rafferty and his wife, Hayley, look forward to becoming involved in the Sumner County community. He replaces Nick Howald, who was recently appointed chief operating officer at TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.