Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tim became a Clemson Tiger. At Clemson, he met his beautiful wife, Ashley, and they married in 2000. After graduating, Tim attended the University of South Carolina for medical school, completing his residency in anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center. After a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he completed his MBA at the University of Massachusetts.
“After my four years of medical school, I spent another four years in residency at Duke, training to be an anesthesiologist. Our two oldest children, Connelly, age 19 and a freshman at The College of Charleston, and Blake, age 16 and a junior at CCS, were born in Durham. I then decided to specialize in pediatric anesthesiology, which required another year of training. We moved to Philadelphia for that year so that I could train at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Once I completed my training in Philly, we moved to Macon, Ga., in 2005. Our two youngest children, Harper, age 14 and a freshman at CCS, and Pierce, age 11 and a fifth-grader at LMS, were both born in Macon. I practiced in Macon for 11 years and served for two years as the chief medical officer of a local Macon hospital during our time there. In 2018, we moved to Chattanooga where I became the CMO of Parkridge Health System,” Tim said.
When asked how he became interested in being a physician, Tim said, “I’m not sure when it started, but I grew up always thinking I wanted to be a doctor. My dad was a plumber, so I spent my summers and time off working with him. It was hard work, for which I now have a deep appreciation, but I quickly realized that was not my calling. I enjoyed school and was pretty good at it, so the amount of school/time it takes to become a physician never bothered me. I went to Clemson and majored in biology with the intention of going to medical school. Thankfully, it all seemed to work out, and that is exactly what I did!”
Tim’s parents were extremely supportive and encouraging in his dream of pursuing a career in medicine, as was his wife, Ashley. Additionally, Tim spent quite a lot of time in the care of physicians when he was a child.
“I was a pretty active kid growing up and played lots of sports, so I had my fair share of injuries and surgeries. Thus, I had lots of exposure to physicians as a patient - more so than the typical kid! I was always intrigued and enamored by the physicians who cared for me, and each time it seemed to reinforce my desire to go to medical school. I had even more exposure to the medical profession and physicians during the summer jobs I held in college, and this served as further inspiration to enter the medical profession,” Tim said.
We are thankful that he was inspired to become a physician, because Tim has been an incredible gift to Chattanooga and the Parkridge Health System, which consists of five separate facilities: Parkridge Medical Center downtown; Parkridge East Hospital in East Ridge; Parkridge Valley and Parkridge North, both near Shallowford Road; and Parkridge West Hospital in Jasper, Tenn. “As CMO, I primarily worked with the physicians as the liaison between hospital administration and the medical staff, with oversight of things such as clinical quality, patient safety, medical staff credentialing, among other things. As CEO, I have broader oversight of the overall operations, strategy, resources, and provision of clinical care for these three facilities.”
We are thankful Ashley and Tim chose Lookout Mountain as their home and for raising their four beautiful children. “We really just got lucky in ending up here on Lookout. When we decided to move to Chattanooga, we did not know a single person who lived in the area, so we had no idea what we were doing or where to look. We found a realtor and then spent a number of days driving all around Chattanooga with him. We drove everywhere from Ooltewah to Northshore to Signal Mountain and East Brainerd and Lookout Mountain. At the same time, we looked at schools and chose CCS for the girls. We then asked our realtor to limit our search to areas within a reasonable drive to CCS. We just happened to find a home that was immediately available, which we needed, close to CCS, and it had enough room for the six of us - and it just happened to be on Lookout, so here we are!” Tim said.
The three beautiful Grant girls made a plethora of friends at CCS, while Pierce fit right in with the athletic boys in his grade at LMS. In fact, it seems like they have always lived here! Ashley also made friends easily as she adjusted to life on Lookout. She teaches part time at Good Shepherd School and is taking good care of our young Lookout Mountain preschoolers. The family attends Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church and loves being a part of the community on Lookout.
With Tim’s busy work schedule, free time is often a forgotten commodity, but Tim said, “With four kids, it seems most of our free time revolves around them, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Having one in college and two in high school, we realize how quickly these last few years of high school go by, and so I’m just really trying to cherish these years. Connelly attends the College of Charleston and is on the equestrian team there. Blake and Harper are busy at CCS and are both cheerleaders there. Pierce likes to play the sport of the season, which just happens to be basketball right now, so we enjoy watching him play. In my free time, which usually only happens around 4 to 5 a.m., I try to get some exercise in and to read during this rare quiet time. I’ve done some marathons and triathlons in the past, including one Ironman, but don’t have much time for that anymore! I most enjoy spending free time with family here, and we all enjoy spending time at the lake whenever possible. We try to get to Charleston periodically to watch Connelly compete, and I have family in Nashville and Cashiers, N.C., so we spend some time there, as well. We are all avid Clemson fans! We try to attend as many home football games as possible - it’s been a pretty good run for us lately!”
What a gift to know someone with Tim’s intellectual ability and charisma is overseeing many of our best hospitals in the Chattanooga area.
by Ann Henley Perry