Erie Chapman, M.T.S., J.D., is the founder of the international Radical Loving Care movement. He led the establishment of the first Healing Hospital in the world. He is the author of the best selling book, Radical Loving Care, availablr on at and through as a paperback or audio book.

   He is also founding president and former president & chief executive officer of the Baptist Healing Trust, Nashville, Tennessee (2002 to 2010), a position from which he retired in February, 2010. He now serves as President & CEO of Chapman Health International, Inc., Erie Chapman Foundation and Dane Dakota Productions. He is President Emeritus of Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, and immediate past President of Baptist Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee.
    Chapman is also founding Editor of the Journal of Sacred Work (June, 2006 to present). A veteran hospital CEO, he has become widely recognized as the leader of the loving care movement in hospitals and other charities.
    Across his extraordinary career he has served as a successful trial attorney, federal prosecuting attorney, and night court judge. He produced and hosted (with former NBC reporter Kathleen Sullivan & Robin Young) an internationally syndicated television show ("Life Choices with Erie Chapman" - 1987-1995) and was twice awarded regional Emmys for his work.

   He  is an award-winning independent feature film producer (Who Loves Judas? as Dane Dakota) and has done work as a newspaper columnist, radio talk show host, documentary film producer, and author of three works of non-fiction. His poetry has been published internationally and some is collected in his recent book, Woman As Beauty - a book of poetry and photography (as Dane Dakota). He is also the author of a Children's Book, Scotty the Snail. All of his work is available on Amazon and Woman As Beauty is also on Kindle.

His prize-winning photography has been exhibited in a Manhattan gallery, at the Toledo Museum of Art, at the Rhode Island School of Design (President's Gallery) and elsewhere. HIs music compositions appear on four CDs.
    Reverend Chapman was ordained in October, 2009 and volunteers in a prison ministry in Nashville. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University Divinity School & George Washington University Law School.

   The primary focus of Rev. Chapman's career, however, has been in the leadership of hospitals and healthcare organizations. Over a quarter century he served as President and CEO of Riverside Hospital in Toledo, Ohio (chosen at age 33) Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, the ten-hospital U.S. Health Corporation (now OhioHealth) in Columbus (founding president and CEO, 1983-1995); chief operating officer of the publicly traded InPhyNet Medical Management Co., Ft. Lauderdale; and Baptist Hospital System, Nashville where he served as President and CEO from 1998-2002.

  [Further RECAP] Rev. Chapman is the author of the widely acclaimed books, Radical Loving Care - Building the New Healing Hospital in America (BHT, 2003), Sacred Work - Planting Cultures of Radical Loving Care (BHT, 2006) and The Caregiver Meditations - Reflections on Presence (BHT, 2007). He is also the author of the children's book, Scotty the Snail (Grandparents Press 2004,) an unpublished novel, Ghost River, and a collection of short stories.    Woman As Beauty (Westview Publishing, 2010), his book of poems and photographs published under the name, Dane Dakota, is now available at and through the Erie Chapman Foundation. (now available on Kindle.)

   As Dane Dakota, Rev. Chapman also wrote and produced the stage play, Who Loves Judas? (2008) which debuted in both Florida and Nashville in February, 2009. He also wrote and co-directed the feature film based on his play,"Who Loves Judas?" (2010) which is available on DVD at

   He created and produced four documentary films, Acts of Caring (1995), Sacred Work (2001) Servant's Heart (2004), A Place Called Alive (2008-2009). The last three are available on DVD from Erie Chapman Foundation and Amazon.

   The following comments on his books, Radical Loving Care, Sacred Work, and on Mr. Chapman's leadership from well know leaders reflect the national reaction to his work:

"Splendid, poetic, and eminently practical. Erie Chapman is a beacon of light in American Health care."
- David Whyte, poet and best selling author of The Heart Aroused

"Chapman has written a book that should be in the hands of every healthcare executive who truly believes in the core mission of taking care of others. Anyone who leads a healthcare organization of any kind should read this book."
- Chuck Lauer, publisher, Modern Healthcare magazine. (2003)

"No one is doing more to affect the delivery of healthcare than is Erie Chapman."
-George Mikitarian, President & CEO, Parrish Medical Center of Florida

"Bravo to Erie Chapman for his astounding leadership and unparalleled assault on the status quo. His efforts will transform healthcare into something truly better for all Americans."
-Gerry Mayo, Founding Chair, OhioHealth Corporation.

"Erie Chapman created one of the most employee-friendly workplaces in America and [led] Riverside Methodist to be rated one of the top ten hospitals in the country."
-Forrest Sawyer, Host, ABC News Special National Broadcast, 'Revolution at Work.'

   Rev. Chapman's music compositions are available on three separate CDs through or Erie Chapman Foundation. Two of his films, Sacred Work and The Servant's Heart are also available through or at 

   Erie and his wife, Kirsten, a prize-winning journalist and author of The Way Home and Home Again, live in Nashville. They have two children and two grandchildren.



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