R. Milton Johnson was elected board chairman December 31, 2014 and served as HCA Healthcare’s chief executive officer from January 1, 2014 until his retirement on December 31, 2018.
Under Johnson’s leadership, HCA Healthcare has advanced clinical quality throughout its hospitals, using data from its more than 32 million patient encounters annually to identify leading clinical practices and continually improve patient care and save lives.
A more than 36-year veteran of HCA Healthcare, Johnson has served in various financial and senior management positions for the company, including president of HCA Healthcare from 2011 to 2014. He has also served as head of the Tax Department, senior vice president and controller, and executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Johnson provides leadership to the healthcare industry and Nashville community through his service on various boards and organizations. Currently, he serves as chairman of the Nashville Health Care Council and is immediate past chair of the Federation of American Hospitals, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and The HCA Foundation. He serves on the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable and is a member of The Business Council. He also serves on the boards of the Center for Medical Interoperability and the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville.
A graduate of Belmont University, Johnson also is a member of his alma mater’s Board of Trustees.