Howard W. Roddy '74
1999 Award of Honor
Howard W. Roddy joined Memorial Health Care System in July 1998, bringing extensive management skills combined with years of experience in developing community partnerships to his new position as Vice President - Healthy Community Initiative. In his position, Roddy is responsible for developing Memorial's institutional and community-wide initiatives, which create healthier communities. His departmental responsibilities include the Memorial Hospital/East Tennessee State University Family Practice Residency program, Memorial Hospital Northshore Clinic, Samaritan Center, Bethlehem Center, Wellness Services, and he serves as the hospital's liaison for other hospital and community partnership initiatives. He also works with diverse community groups in support, development, coordination and advocacy of special projects.
Roddy most recently served for 17 years as the Administrator/Director of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department in Chattanooga, Tenn. At the Health Department, he was responsible to the Hamilton County executive for the operation of the Health Department and its divisions including Administrative Services, Clinical Services, Community Health Services, Environmental Health Services and Home Health Services. Roddy previously served as the Administrator of the Dodson Avenue Community Health Center.
He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., in 1971, and earned an M.S. degree in Environmental Health Administration from East Tennessee State University in 1974.
Roddy has served in leadership positions on the boards of several state and regional health care organizations, including the Southern Health Association and the Tennessee Public Health Association. Locally, he serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc.; First Things First, Inc.; the University of Chattanooga Foundation, Inc.; the UT Agriculture Extension Service State Advisory Council; and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga. In 1997, Roddy was narrowly defeated in his bid to become mayor of the City of Chattanooga. He and his wife Donna have two children, Howard C. Roddy, who works for Shaw Carpet in Dalton, Ga., and John T. Roddy, who works for the Luther Anderson Law Firm and is pursuing a degree at Chattanooga State Tech.