Susan Peach, BSN, MBA
Chief Executive Officer

Susan Peach, BSN, MBA, became the new chief executive officer of HighPoint Health System in July 2012.  A veteran hospital administrator with more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Susan came to HighPoint Health System from LifePoint Hospitals’ Hospital Support Center, where she served as chief nursing officer of the Delta Division since 2010.   In that role, she provided clinical leadership and oversight for nine LifePoint Hospitals, including the four hospital campuses of HighPoint Health System.

Prior to joining LifePoint, Susan served as senior vice president, Performance Management, for Catholic Health Initiatives from 2003 to 2010; vice president, Strategic Quality Management and Clinical Services, and system chief nursing officer for Quorum Health Resources from 1996 to 2003; and chief executive officer (1995-1996) and chief operating officer (1992-1995) at Rockdale Regional Medical Center. 

Peach holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Clayton College. She is also a Six Sigma Black Belt. Peach and her husband Jim are residents of Sumner County.  



Bob Barrett, CPA
Market Chief Financial Officer

Bob Barrett, CPA, became the new Market Chief Financial Officer for HighPoint Health System in July 2014.  Bob began his career with LifePoint Hospitals® as a member of their Audit Services team at the LifePoint Hospital Support Center in 2004.  He then participated in LifePoint’s “Officer Development Program” and has served in a number of CFO roles since 2008. He has also worked closely with LifePoint Group financial leadership on several projects and comes to HighPoint with a solid reputation as a critical thinker and great leader.

Barrett came to HighPoint most recently from Georgetown Community Hospital, a 75-bed acute care hospital in Lexington, Ky., which includes eight employed physician practices and a regional Centralized Billing Office serving 82 physicians across the state, where he has been CFO since April 2012.  From 2010 to 2012, he was the CFO at Clinch Valley Medical Center, a 175-bed acute care hospital in Richlands, Va.  Prior to that, he was CFO at Logan Memorial Hospital, a 92-bed acute care hospital in Russellville, Ky. 

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., and a Master of Accountancy degree from Belmont University, also in Nashville, Tenn.  He is a Certified Public Accountant.



Michael S. Herman
Chief Operating Officer

Mike Herman came to HighPoint Health System as Chief Operating Officer in 2011 from Trident Health System in Charleston, SC.  He spent three years at Trident as Vice President of Operations at the system's 94-bed Summerville Medical Center in Summerville, and brought more than a decade of senior-level operations experience to HighPoint. Prior to that, he worked for three years as the Senior Operations Analyst at the 242-bed Doctors Hospital of Augusta, Ga., and spent four years at the 278-bed North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla., where he started as the Operating Department Administrative Assistant and Sterile Processing Tech, before being promoted to Operations Analyst for the hospital.

Herman earned both a bachelor's degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition and a master's degree in Health Administration at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a member of the Gallatin Morning Rotary Club. Herman is also a graduate of Leadership Augusta.