Former AMSURG Sr. Vice President, Operations, Corporate Services and Chief Compliance Officer (1992-2009), Royce Dean Harrell, a man who was known always to wear a cowboy hat, passed away on June 16, leaving behind “his loving wife of 41 years, Karole Smith Harrell; daughter, Jennifer Harrell Richards and son-in-law David Richards; and a host of family and friends.”
Retired from AMSURG, Harrell pursued a career as a business, career and executive coach. His LinkedIn profile reads, “When I wake up each morning, I’m most excited when I have a client to work with because I know that I’m helping that person achieve the success they desire. That’s my WHY! I want to help others achieve the success they want.”
His employees and co-workers will remember him for his unique ways to inspire and motivate, including asking individuals to beat a drum. Kari Lindsay, division president, operations, remembered Harrell as “quite the character,” who would say, “Every day in every way we are getting better and better!” Debby McMillin, division president, operations, remembered Royce saying, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!”
John Trocino, senior director, facilities management and construction, clinical services, said, “Royce was gung ho! He told everyone to read a book that had to do with a beaver, squirrel and goose. He created a document on the lessons of the goose: sharing a common direction, sharing leadership, encouragement. If we have as much sense as the geese we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.”
Memorials made in Royce’s honor may be directed to Brentwood Baptist, Mission Journey Scholarship Fund, 7777 Concord Rd., Brentwood, TN, 37027.