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 www.amazon.com and through firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 www.amazon.com 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 www.amazon.com.
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."
"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."
"No one is doing more to affect the delivery of healthcare than is Erie Chapman."
"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."
"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."
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.