Summit Medical Group Leadership

Ed Curtis, CMPE 
Chief Executive Officer​

Ed Curtis is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Summit Medical Group, responsible for all operational aspects, including practice acquisitions and integration, practice support and development, and diagnostic and therapeutic services. He is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) with a business administration degree from West Virginia University and has completed the Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management at Dartmouth College.

Prior to joining Summit, Curtis was chief operating officer at Hattiesburg Clinic, a 300-plus physician-owned multi-specialty provider practice with more than 40 locations in southern Mississippi. At Hattiesburg Clinic, he developed the strategic plan and tactical initiatives to open a Sleep and Spine Center, Infusion Clinic and Breast Center of Excellence, and he led the turnaround of a multispecialty ASC. He also served as the negotiator for physician contracts with several hospitals and oversaw the clinic’s conversion to new electronic medical record (EMR) software. In addition, Curtis led clinical operations for the Departments of Surgery and Medicine and three ASCs, as well as Ancillary Services, and served as the clinic’s privacy officer.

Speaker: AMGA – 2016 Annual Conference, Strategic Planning

Speaker: AMGA – 2017 CEO Council Meeting, Physician Compensation in the VBC space

Speaker: Advisory Board – 2018 PPR Leading Lights Forum, Medicare Annual Wellness Visits, Proactive Risk Adjustment Initiatives  

Speaker: Advisory Board – 2019 Population Health Forum, Acute Care Center


 

Ranee Taylor Guard, Ph.D. 
Chief Operating Officer

Ranee Guard, Ph.D., is Summit’s Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for overseeing Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services along with overall operations for Summit Medical Group and its more than 50 primary care offices. Guard joined Summit in 2012 and directed the growth and development of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services, including Summit Express Clinics, central laboratory, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, sleep services and clinical trials.

Prior to joining Summit, Guard served as Chief Operations and Development Officer for KDL Pathology in Knoxville, supervising medical laboratory services as well as business development, operations and regulatory compliance. She previously served as Director of Business Development for Geneuity Clinical Research Services & Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, Inc. (MPLN), a national Molecular Diagnostics and Clinical Trials service provider, where she was responsible for client and service development for the new clinical trials division. Guard started her career as a research scientist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Guard earned her Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, after receiving her bachelor’s degree in biology from Baylor University in Waco. She is a member of the Association for Molecular Pathology, American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Science Advisory Board and Executive Women’s Association, among other professional affiliations.


 

Eric Penniman, DO
Executive Medical Director 

Dr. Eric Penniman is the executive medical director for Summit Medical Group. He serves as the liaison between Summit Medical Group healthcare providers and the support staff, patients, business partners and community, and he facilitates the ongoing transition of all practices from fee-for-service to a fee-for-value model. Penniman leads Summit practice sites and providers in providing a value-based system focused on patient experience and quality clinical outcomes.

Penniman has practiced family medicine throughout his 21-year career. Since 2011, he served as district medical director for primary care for Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, overseeing 125 providers representing clinics throughout a 200-mile radius. He also served as the clinic’s regional physician champion for advanced access and the associate director for quality improvement since 2004 and as physician champion for informatics since 2002. He helped to pioneer the model for electronic medical records (EMR) for the Marshfield Clinic practice sites and oversaw quality metrics during a transition of focus from “volume to value.” Prior to these roles, he led the Stettin Center and the systems family medicine department of about 100 physicians.

Penniman earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his doctor of osteopathic degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. He completed his internship at Tulsa Regional Medical Center and his residency at University of Wisconsin, Wausau Family Practice Center. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and licensed by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.


 

Jerry Hall, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Jerry Hall is Chief Financial Officer and oversees accounting, financial analysis, patient financial services, and contract management for Summit Medical Group.

Jerry is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and practiced as a certified public accountant for 10 years with an international accounting firm and served as treasurer of a privately held company for 11 years. He joined Summit Medical Group in 1996. Jerry is a member of Medical Group Management Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.


 

Harry Herrmann
Chief Information Officer

Harry Herrmann serves as Chief Information Officer for Summit Medical Group and oversees information technology services and solutions for the organization.

He earned a Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer and member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Harry joins the leadership team with more than 30 years of experience in information technology services in the healthcare industry, including serving as chief information officer for a large hospital system in Knoxville for nearly 19 years and running a successful consulting business.


 

Jeff Tuck, RN, BA, JD
Chief Legal Officer

Jeff Tuck is the Chief Legal Officer for Summit Medical Group and oversees compliance, legal services, and risk management.

A native of Blount County, Jeff earned a diploma in nursing from St. Mary’s Medical Center School of Nursing in Knoxville; a Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, in Health Care Management from Maryville College; and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He is licensed as a registered nurse and an attorney by the state of Tennessee.

Jeff is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Health Law Section; American Health Lawyers Association, Health Care Corporate Compliance Association; and the Medical Group Management Association, where he currently serves on the Advisory Committee to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of the federal government.


 

Susan Loveday, M.A., SPHR, SCP-SHRM
Vice President of Talent Strategies and Relations

Susan Loveday is Vice President of Talent Strategies and Relations. Susan oversees talent selection, diversity, employee relations, training and development, compensation strategies, succession planning, performance management and works to enhance the patient healthcare experience.

A human resources professional with 20 years of management experience, Loveday earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and her master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Radford University in Virginia. She holds memberships with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and American Medical Group Association, and she is a SHRM senior certified professional.