WellStar CEO: ‘If you are doing better than anyone else in the country, you better ask why’

Reynold Jennings is no stranger to controversy. The pharmacist-turned-hospital executive has had to mop up after fraud investigations at two companies he worked for during his 43 years in health care.

Reynold Jennings

Reynold Jennings

Then a year ago, Jennings, 66, was called out of retirement in Kennesaw to become CEO of WellStar Health System after its chief executive was fired for allegedly having a “special relationship” with another executive. With 12,000 employees and $ 1.5 billion in net revenue, WellStar runs five metro area hospitals, six urgent care centers, two hospices and other outpatient facilities.

Jennings, a Dalton native and UGA pharmacy graduate, talks about what he learned from the financial scandals, WellStar’s challenges and his prescription for staying married to his high school sweetheart for 45 years.

Q: You worked for the hospital division of National Medical Enterprises in the 1990s when its psychiatric division was accused by the federal government of …

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