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Stanley (Stan) Clyde Broadway

(WEDOWEE) Stanley (Stan) Clyde Broadway, 76, of Wedowee passed from this life on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024 at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, Ga. He was born in Laurel, Miss., on Dec. 6, 1947 to James Clyde Broadway and Gladys Eva Broadway.

Stan graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He then began what turned out to be a lifelong career in healthcare financial accounting by accepting a job at Blue Cross of Mississippi as a hospital auditor in their Medicare federal contractor division. After having spent several years with Blue Cross (where he entered as a Junior Auditor and left as Audit Supervisor), he spent the next 25 years in positions of increasing responsibilities working for a number of healthcare companies, highlighted by several years with the Nashville-based Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), and ending as Vice President of Reimbursement with a national Home Health chain.

In 1999, frustrated by so many years in the corporate grind, Stan decided to leave it and strike out on his own. He spent the first few months working from home as a “single shingle” Medicare consultant to hospitals under the name Broadway Healthcare Consulting, before inviting his longtime friend, “Miami” Dan Yoe, to join him. They decided to create a new, independent hospital consulting practice, and named the new firm Southeast Reimbursement Group (SRG). The 2 founders initially vowed to keep SRG as a two-man shop in order to insure they wouldn’t have to deal with the personnel issues and corporate politics from which each had recently escaped, and began working at a conference table in Stan’s living room.

The demand for the fledgling company’s services soon drove them to rethink the initial vow, though, and they decided to add both additional partners and employees, requiring them to quickly move the operation from Stan’s house into rented office space. That demand was largely fueled by the reputation Stan had earned over the course of his career as being one of the most respected and trusted Medicare experts in the United States healthcare industry. Much of SRG’s early business came from his former employer, HCA, which was entangled at the time in a multi-year struggle with the federal government, and wanted to purchase as much of Stan’s and SRG’s staff time for their Nashville headquarters as they could. This required him to spend 5 days a week on-site for weeks at a time for several years. As a result of spending so much time with the HCA project, the name “Nashville” Stan was bestowed upon him to accompany the “Miami” Dan moniker of his partner in business (and crime).

By the time the decision was made to sell SRG to a group of its employees in a deal that was finalized in 2011, SRG had added two additional partners and employed a total of 19 people in 5 regional offices stretching from the original Atlanta-area headquarters to Los Angeles, California. “Nashville” Stan could be very proud of what had grown from what had originated at a table in his living room.

During his time in Nashville, Stan began to focus more on his lifelong love of music. He loved to spend time in music stores, perusing their inventories of guitars and talking about guitars with the store owners, many of whom were professional musicians and had current connections with Nashville recording stars. His interest in guitars led him to build an impressive collection of the instruments, and to become an active trader with other collectors. Stan became a decent self-taught guitar player and songwriter. While living in Georgia, he took one of his songs to Macon’s Muscadine Studio along with a few musician friends, and had Marshall Tucker Band producer Paul Hornsby produce a “Nashville” Stan session. He never lost his love for music and spent many hours listening to it in his basement through rock concert sized speakers.

Besides his love for music, Stan loved spending time with his family and that includes his beloved goldendoodle, Paisley. Their days were often filled with her being his shadow and long walks on Wild Cherry Parkway.

Stan loved football and his two favorite teams were Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Georgia Buckeyes where he was able to watch his grandsons perfect their talent. He was so proud of their accomplishments, hard work and dedication and liked to share their videos with anyone who would watch.

He was also very blessed with several lifelong friends that he cherished greatly. He was a very loved man and will be missed by all who knew him.

Stan was preceded in death by his parents, James Broadway and Eva Broadway Chapman; his sister, Holly Herndon and brother-n-law, USAF Retired Colonel Stuart (Jeb) Herndon from Laurel, Miss.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Suzanne Edwards Broadway of Wedowee; daughter, Lindsey Broadway (Greg Heller) of Newnan, Ga.; daughter, Kristen Lingerfelt (Junior) of Dallas, Ga.; and 5 grandchildren; Colby and Ridge Lingerfelt, Kara Floyd, and Evelyn and Milley Heller. He is also survived by his brother-n-law, USAF Retired Colonel Joseph Edwards and his wife Maureen from O’Fallon, Ill., and his two nieces, Amanda Harris and Lauren Barker.

There are no funeral services at this time.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.