In December, Kidd announced her intent to retire on Feb. 1. Kristie Hammonds was selected by Frontier Health’s board of directors to serve as the new CEO and president.
“Dr. Kidd has been a leader and champion in the field of mental health, who has inspired me to become an advocate for our citizens who are dealing mental health issues,” Hawk said.
“On the occasion of her retirement, the state of Tennessee is honored to recognize Dr. Kidd for sharing her life’s passion of helping others improve their mental and physical health.”
For more than 36 years, Kidd has worked for Frontier Health in both clinical and senior leadership roles.
“Dr. Kidd recognized the need to incorporate our region’s legislators in championing the cause of the many members of our communities with behavioral health needs,” a press release from Frontier Health stated.
“To effectively engage legislators, she knew they needed to understand the issues faced by these individuals, the treatment options available, and the barriers which prevented access to services. Dr. Kidd has dynamically inspired and motivated those around her to become active and serve within their community.”
Kidd, who was appointed president of Frontier Health in 2014, began her career in 1976 as a school psychologist, specializing in assessment and consultation with learning disabled, developmentally delayed and emotionally disturbed children and adolescents.