Meet the Team
Our team consists of experienced, dedicated professionals who work hard to provide quality healthcare at an affordable cost.
Johnny E. "Rusty" Bates, MD
MMM CPE CPHIMS CCHP
Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer
With over 30 years of experience as a physician and over 20 years of experience in correctional medicine and medical management, Dr. Rusty Bates has led QCHC through a decade of phenomenal growth since he founded the company in 2005. Dr. Bates is licensed to practice medicine in Alabama and Tennessee, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and has practiced medicine in hospitals, emergency rooms, private practice, nursing homes, prisons, and jails. He is also a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) by the American Association for Physician Leadership (formerly the American College of Physician Executives), and a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Before founding QCHC, Dr. Bates served as Medical Director for a state prison, and as Corporate Medical Director and Chief Medical Information Officer for a large, national correctional healthcare company. He also served for ten years on the Alabama Medical Licensure Commission, from 2000 to 2010. Dr. Bates went to medical school and did his undergraduate work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), served his residency and internship in internal medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and also holds a Masters in Medical Management (MMM) from the Hines School of Public Policy at Carnegie-Mellon University.
Vice President & Director of Purchasing
Jeff sold a successful business to join QCHC in 2007, bringing with him decades of experience in business, management, and sales. He has had many roles at QCHC, including sales, purchasing, vendor relations, and management. As Vice President, Jeff reports directly to the CEO and is responsible for helping set overall coporate goals and strategy, as well as overseeing day-to-day operations of the company. As Purchasing Director, he develops procurement methods for the cost-effective acquisition of supplies and equipment for the corporate office and all the clinical sites, and maintains relations with many of QCHC's vendors. Before joining QCHC, Jeff owned and operated his own successful business, B&B Auto Electric, Inc., in Jasper, Alabama, for 25 years.
Donald C. Kern, MD MPH CCHP
Corporate Medical Director
Dr. Kern joined QCHC in 2014 as its Corporate Medical Director. He has over 40 years of experience practicing medicine, and over 20 years of experience in correctional medicine. Prior to joining QCHC, Dr. Kern was Medical Director at multiple state prisons in Massachusetts; Medical Director of Correctional Health Services for the City of New York; Chief Medical Officer for a large, national correctional healthcare company based in Birmingham, Alabama; and Utilization Management (UM) Medical Director for another large, national correctional healthcare company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Kern is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and licensed to practice medicine in over 14 states, including Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia. He is a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), where he is a past member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and is a Senior Physician Surveyor for accreditation audits of correctional facilities. Dr. Kern has been an Associate Professor at Boston University and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He is a member of the Society of Correctional Physicians (past president), the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Kern is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on topics in correctional medicine. He received his BA in Mathematics and Economics from Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania; his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine in Medford, Massachusetts; served his residency in internal medicine at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska; served fellowships in internal medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and in geriatric medicine at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts; and holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Boston University School of Public Health.
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Bron oversees all the financial operations of QCHC, including budgeting, accounting, financial forecasting, and cash flow for the administration of existing programs, as well as proposed new sites. He seeks to ensure that that any and all cost saving strategies are implemented, while maintaining a high standard of medical care for our clients. Bron works closely with the CEO and COO to direct the overall management of the company. He also works with the General Counsel to negotiate contracts with hospitals and private physicians groups for off-site care for inmates. Prior to joining QCHC in 2010, Bron worked in finance-related positions in banking and real estate. Bron has a BS in Finance from Arkansas State University. He is currently working on his MBA at the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Justin Barkley, JD CCHP
Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel
As Vice President & COO, Justin helps set the overall goals and strategies of QCHC, manages the day-to-day operations of the company, coordinates activities between departments, and works with other QCHC executives to develop and implement corporate policies and procedures. As General Counsel, Justin is QCHC's in-house corporate attorney, responsible for providing legal advice and guidance for the company. Prior to joining QCHC in 2014, Justin was in private practice for nine years at two of Birmingham’s oldest and most prestigious law firms, Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose, LLP, and Spain Gillon, PC, where he represented business clients, principally in the areas of labor, employment, healthcare, and litigation. Justin is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). He is a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). Justin is a graduate of Harvard University (BA, Government) and the University of Alabama School of Law (JD). He is currently working on his MBA at the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Dr. Jerry N. Gurley, MD CCHP
Brigadier General, ARNGUS, Ret.
Director of Women’s Services
With over 40 years of experience in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Gurley is QCHC’s Director of Women’s Services. He owned and managed his own private practice, Talladega OB/GYN Associates, PC, in Talladega, Alabama, from 1973 to 2014. Dr. Gurley is Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology, and licensed to practice medicine in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. He is a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). Dr. Gurley served for 28 years on the Alabama Medical Licensure Commission, the last 18 years of which he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Gurley served as a military surgeon in the US Army and the Alabama Army National Guard for 27 years, retiring with the rank of Brigadier General. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Gurley received his BS from Auburn University, his MD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and served his internship and residency at Lloyd Noland Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Joey is a former state and county-level government official in Kentucky with over 35 years of experience in law enforcement and corrections. As Sales Director, he is responsible for maintaining relationships with our current clients and developing relationships with prospective clients. Prior to joining QCHC in 2012, Joey operated his own corrections consulting firm, with a history of turning around troubled county jails, and in sales for other correctional vendors. Joey was the elected Jailer of Grayson County, Kentucky, from 1978-2006, served as President of the Kentucky Jailers Association in 2005-06, and was appointed by the Governor of Kentucky to a term on the State Pardons Board from 2006-2010.
Tom Petreit, LPN CCHP
Director of Quality Assurance & Education
Tom joined QCHC in 2009 as a site LPN. He was promoted to Corporate LPN, then to Director of Quality Assurance & Education. In his current role, Tom works closely with the Regional Directors of Nursing (DONs) to implement QCHC’s Quality Assurance (QA) and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) programs at all of its sites. He is responsible for overseeing the auditing program, reviewing utilization statistics, and working with the Regional DONs to develop, implement, and ensure compliance with QCHC’s nursing policies and protocols. Tom also works with the Regional DONs on QCHC’s Continuing Education and Training Programs. He develops educational materials and provides training to all of QCHC’s nurses at all of its sites, orients new employees, and conducts First Aid and CPR training for jail staff at QCHC’s sites. Tom is a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), and a Certified CPR Instructor. He has over a decade of experience as an LPN in corrections, in both jails and prisons. Tom previously served for five years as a Combat EMT/Medic in the US Army. He attended the Academy of Health Sciences in San Antonio, Texas.
Assistant to the CFO
Beverly joined QCHC in 2014 bringing with her 35+ years of diversified accounting experience. Her professional career began in 1980 as the bookkeeper of a heavy equipment manufacturer located in Birmingham. Soon the company began to grow and she was quickly promoted from Bookkeeper to Accounting Manager of what had become a multi-million dollar corporation. She also assisted in the preparation of the initial public offering (IPO) taking the company public in 1986. From there she carried her accounting experience to Mayfield Manufacturing where she served as Controller for seven years. Beverly also held the position of Legal Administrator for a preeminent domestic relations law firm for a period of five years. From 2000 – 2012 Beverly was the President and majority stockholder of several successful small businesses that operated under the banner of Stanfa, Inc. At QCHC she assists the CFO with overall budgeting and accounting for the company, and is responsible for ensuring that accounts are maintained and processed in a timely and accurate manner.