Saint Thomas Health Chief Communications Officer
Rebecca Climer is Chief Communications Officer for Saint Thomas Health and Go Red For Women cause sponsor. In this capacity, she oversees the marketing, PR, internal communications, interactive communications and employer health functions for the system. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degrees from Oklahoma State University. She began with Saint Thomas Health Services working at the Middle Tennessee Medical Center, in 1980, serving first as Director of Staff Development and eventually as VP for Public Affairs and Planning with responsibilities for customer satisfaction, community relations, volunteer services and physician relations/referral. In 2002, Rebecca became Vice President, Marketing for the newly formed Saint Thomas Health and, later, Chief Communications Officer. Restructuring the marketing function to support Saint Thomas Health's service line strategy, Rebecca has facilitated the creation of system-wide branding functions, introduced social media to Saint Thomas Health's communications regimen, and increased internal communications efforts significantly.
Rebecca brings her involvement in numerous community and women’s organizations and issues to her Saint Thomas Health role by helping to position them as the healthcare organization that is uniquely concerned with women’s emotional, physical and spiritual health. Over the past five years, Rebecca has served in a leadership capacity with the Go Red For Women Movement for the American Heart Association helping to create a national model for cause marketing and led Saint Thomas Health's community relations efforts establishing strategic relationships with the American Heart Association, Community Nashville, CABLE (women’s networking organization), the Girl Scouts, Economic Summit for Women and the YWCA.
Additionally, she serves on the Board of Council for Aging and on the Communications Advisory Board for Ascension Health.