Published on April 09, 2018

New CEO takes helm at hospital


Rocky Mount Telegram Staff Writer

L. Lee Isley, President and Cheif Executive Officer

Changes are in store for Nash UNC Health Care as the new CEO takes the helm of the organization today and several executive staff members are slated to leave this month.

The hospital’s board of commissioners announced in January they had selected Isley after a six-month search to replace Larry Chewning who retired last July under pressure from the board.

“I have had an opportunity to spend about seven days out of the last couple of months with this organization and have found that the board and the medical staff are excited and passionate about what they are doing for the community,” Isley said. “My wife and I are excited to become a part of this organization and this community.”

Isley served as CEO for Granville Health System in Oxford since 2006. He holds board certification in healthcare management as an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow.

Dr. Ian Buchanan, who has been serving as interim CEO for the past few months, now plans to continue his duties as chief research officer for UNC Health Care Systems and senior vice president of operations at UNC Hospitals at Chapel Hill. Buchanan said his farewells to the board on Thursday.

“I want to tell you all how appreciative I have been of this experience. I was humbled by the opportunity and it has been a real honor for me. It has mostly been a lot of fun,” Buchanan said.

Buchanan said he feels he has accomplished the goals he set when he came to Nash UNC Health Care.

“When I first came I told you all that I had three priorities: to be communicative, to try to accelerate the improvement initiatives and to try to make sure that the new CEO has an optimal chance for success with this organization. I feel that I have done a good job with that,” Buchanan said.

He also said he feels that the hospital is in good hands under the leadership of Isley.

“Lee is exactly the right person to lead this organization,” Buchanan said. “The more that I that I know him, the more confident I am that he is exactly the person this organization needs right now.”

The hospital is seeking to replace several key positions at this time. Dr. Meera Kelley chief medical officer for the hospital, Dr. David Gorby, vice president of quality services, and David Paugh, the hospital’s chief financial officer, are all slated to step down from their posts this month.

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