Our Leadership

John McLain

John McLain

Chief Executive Officer

John McLain serves as chief executive officer (CEO), presiding over Starr Regional Medical Center’s two-hospital system with campuses in Athens and Etowah. In this role, McLain provides strategic, financial and operational oversight for both facilities, which employs more than 690 staff members and 20 providers.

Prior to joining Starr Regional Medical Center in August 2019, McLain served as CEO for healthcare facilities in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, most recently serving as CEO for Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, Fla. McLain is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.



Ronald Hall

Ronald Hall

Chief Nursing Officer

Ronald Hall is the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Starr Regional Medical Center. As CNO, Hall is responsible for developing and implementing Starr Regional’s overall nursing plan and patient care policies. Hall, a Board-Certified Nurse Executive, has more than 15 years of experience as a nursing leader, having served in leadership roles at multiple Tennessee hospitals.

Prior to joining Starr Regional as CNO, he served as associate chief nursing officer at Parkridge East Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.



David Alley

David Alley

Chief Financial Officer

As chief financial officer (CFO), David Alley is responsible for Starr Regional Medical Center’s overall financial reporting and budgeting. Alley joined Starr Regional in 2001. He was selected to take part in LifePoint Health’s Performing Leader Program (2008 – 2010) and has served as the Eastern Group representative for the LifePoint Health CFO Council (2011 – 2013).

Prior to his role at Starr Regional, Alley served as the controller of Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, Ga. Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Athens-McMinn Family YMCA.



Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Chief Operating Officer

Christopher Brown serves as the chief operating officer (COO) of Starr Regional Medical Center. In this role, Brown is responsible for providing oversight for financial performance, strategic planning and day-to-day operations of assigned departments.

Previously, Brown served as an associate administrator at Wilson Medical Center in Wilson, North Carolina. Brown has a clinical background and holds multiple certifications, including registered nurse, certified chest pain center coordinator and registered diagnostic medical sonographer.

He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of McMinn & Meigs Counties.