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Miller to retire as Ballad Health's COPA compliance officer

From staff reports • Jan 8, 2020 at 7:30 PM

JOHNSON CITY — Ballad Health’s Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) compliance officer is retiring and a replacement has been named, the health system announced on Wednesday.

“After a long and very productive career as a lawyer, general counsel and most recently as the COPA Compliance Officer, Gary Miller has decided to retire,” Ballad Health Executive Chairman, President and CEO Alan Levine said in a letter sent to employees and shared with local news media.

Miller previously served as Wellmont Health System’s general counsel.

“Gary was kind enough to give us ample time to plan for a transition when he informed us of his decision to retire, which provided us with an opportunity to seek a highly qualified individual to step into the role,” Levine noted.

Levine announced Karen Guske has accepted the role of senior vice president of Corporate Responsibility and COPA compliance officer.

“Karen, who will begin work on January 13, has a rare skill set that will be enormously beneficial to Ballad Health,” Levine said. “For the last 15 years, Karen has worked in a variety of roles with Eastman Chemical Co., where she most recently served as director of public policy and chief privacy officer. She has served as director of Corporate Audit Services and Global Business Conduct, and has had responsibility for reporting under the Security Exchange Commission, including the filing of official SEC related documents and disclosures. She has extensive experience in Audit and Compliance, and her breadth of experience extends into the areas of corporate responsibility and governance. I anticipate that Karen’s experience will help Ballad as we become one of the leading health systems operating under governance which is a national best practice.”

A native of Texas, Guske attended Texas Tech University, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She is a certified public accountant, a certified internal auditor and a certified information privacy manager.

She lives in Kingsport with her husband and two children.

Miller will continue to serve until the end of January, and he and Guske will work together over the next several weeks as they transition the office.

The COPA authorized the 2018 Wellmont-Mountain States merger and continues to oversee it.

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