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Resource ID: #14344
Subject: Hospitals
Source: Scene (Nashville, Tenn.)
Date: May 22, 29; June 5; July 3, 1997



Baptist hospital is the largest nonprofit medical center in Nashville, competing in the shadow of Columbia/HCA How does Baptist distinguish itself? Longtime chief executive, C. David Stringfield, purports to be a devout Christian who runs a caring, philanthropic and religious institution. But a three-month Nashville Scene investigation revealed a vast gap between Stringfield's public persona and his true identity. Although a capable hospital administrator, Stringfield is a bizarre personality-- paranoid nasty, ultra-competitive, womanizing and money-grubbing. Under his stewardship, Baptist and its affiliate organizations have run into a string of financial and management problems. Stringfield himself appears to have been involved in several questionable financial dealings.

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