Virginia Wolverton, MHA, BSBA, CHECP
Regional Healthcare Coordinator
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department
Role: Healthcare Coalition Advisor
Jenny Wolverton was born in Augusta, Georgia. She left her hometown immediately after high school graduation; living in several different states, including Hawaii, and the U.S. territories, and lived in Germany
She began her career in healthcare as a medical/surgical nurse at Billings Deaconess Hospital in Billings, Montana. Upon receiving her B.S. in Business Administration, she was promoted to Manager of Cardiac Services. At a later date, she relocated to Missouri where she held the position of Director of the Special Procedures Lab and Cardiac Services at Bothwell Regional Health Center. While employed at Bothwell, she attended Webster University in Kansas City pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration. She returned to her southern roots in 1999 when she was offered a position as Director of Cardiac Services at Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. During her employment at Parkridge, she continued her studies and earned a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration through the University of St. Francis Joliet, Illinois.
In 2004, Jenny was hired by Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department as Hamilton County’s first Regional Hospital Coordinator (RHC) for emergency preparedness. As healthcare coalitions began to officially form in 2012, her responsibilities expanded to include developing a regional healthcare coalition in collaboration with her counterpart from the Tennessee Department of Health’s Southeast Regional Office. The Southeast Regional Healthcare Coalition now includes multiple categories of healthcare providers, service support providers, public safety agencies, and county emergency management offices.
Jenny is a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional. She continues to increase her knowledge of emergency preparedness/response through FEMA courses, webinars, and attending trainings offered at the local, state, or national level.