MEET THE PRIORITY ONE TEAM

Meet Our Team of Experts

Four tenured Healthcare and Educational professionals have united in their mission to insure all vendor employees working in Healthcare facilities receive competency training on the unique challenges and requirements of this environment.

Dr. Tom Royer
CEO Emeritus of CHRISTUS Healthcare

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Dr. Royer is a Partner with Royer-Maddox-Herron Advisors. Prior to that, he was the founding CEO and President of CHRISTUS Health for more than 12 years, during which time he led CHRISTUS to an international health system with 40 hospitals and longterm care facilities. Twice Dr. Royer was named the 6th Most Powerful Physician Executive in Healthcare by Modern Physician Magazine. In 2011, he was awarded the American Hospital Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In the past 70+ years, only a dozen people have received this award.


Breaking Out of the Healthcare AbyssDr. Royer's recently published book, "Breaking Out of the Health Care Abyss, Transformational tips for Agents of Change" can be purchased through Amazon.

“Knowing, indeed, is not enough. This book cuts through the clutter for leaders and provides a pathway for action.” - John Hornbeak, retired CEO Methodist Healthcare System

“Healthcare team members need to be committed to results, not just talk. This book provides a framework for governance and leadership to become agents of change.” - Mary Stefl, PhD, Professor and Chair Department of Healthcare Administration, Trinity University


Jack Rutledge
President and Owner of National Healthcare ED

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Jack founded National Healthcare ED for the purpose of creating a quality, online competency training program for the employees of the vendors/contractors that work in Healthcare, so that those employees would understand “What’s different about working in Healthcare?”. Earlier in his career, in addition to being the founder and President of Rutledge Environmental, Jack spent 15 years handling the conferences, training programs, and administrative responsibilities of the Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers. It was during his tenure with KSHE that he saw a glaring lack of effective training programs for Healthcare contractors and their employees. In response to those observations, Jack set about developing a series of educational programs, then assembled a Team of experts to help deliver the training, and that became the springboard to the online Priority One-Competency Training for Healthcare Vendor Employees.


Gary Slack
Host and Co-author

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Gary Slack is President of Healthcare Engineering Consultants in Springfield, Ohio. He has more than 35 years of experience in teaching, research, clinical engineering and regulatory management in the Healthcare industry. Gary has published many articles and has written or contributed to five books that focus on Healthcare Physical Environment related topics. He has served on several national technical committees, including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), OPUS Communications and the Healthcare Safety Institute.


Kenneth E Knight CHFM, FASHE
Regional Representative, Ohio and Indiana

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Ken has over 40 years experience in Healthcare facilities management. He is one of the founders and past president of the Ohio Society for Healthcare Facilities Management, and the TriState Society for Healthcare Engineering. Ken served on the Board of Directors for ASHE for 4 years. He has a BSME, MSIE, and MBA. Ken has served on several national committees including NFPA 99. Ken has written numerous articles and given numerous presentations about Healthcare facilities management. While in the Navy, during the Vietnam war, Ken worked in the engine room on a destroyer and a nuclear submarine. To reach Ken, call 513-675-5234 or email kenknight@nationalhealthcareed.com.


Rick Tinsley, CHFM, CHEP, SASHE, FTHEA
Regional Representative, Tennessee

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Rick worked in the healthcare field for around 41 years. The first 3 years were working as an electrician on various hospital construction projects. He was hired into maintenance as an electrician in 1977 from a large construction project at Maury County Hospital in Columbia, TN and remained with the Maury Regional Healthcare System for 38 years before retiring in January 2015. The last 13 years were at Marshall Medical Center in Lewisburg, TN serving as the Director of Facilities Management/Safety/Security. He also served as the Tennessee Healthcare Engineering Association President for 2 years and Secretary/Treasurer for 3 years. Rick was presented the Dan Roop Award by his THEA peers for his contributions to THEA and the healthcare field. He also earned the Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM), Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP), Senior ASHE (SASHE), and Fellow THEA (FTHEA) certifications/designations along with holding TN Electricians License and TN Security Guard License. He has shared his years of experience and knowledge by speaking at healthcare engineer’s conferences across the country.

To reach Rick, either call 931-215-9703 or email ricktinsley@nationalhealthcareed.com.


Lee Ann Lyle
Technical Support

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Website and content developer, Lee Ann Lyle has worked with National Healthcare Ed since its inception. Lee Ann’s background in technical support offers NHE a terrific platform for both clients and students. You can reach her at support@nationalhealthcareed.com.


“Non-trained vendor employees don’t realize they can negatively impact patient circumstances. There are several documented cases where patients died from issues related to vendor performed projects in Hospitals.” – Dr. Tom Royer