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Haywood Regional Medical Center names CEO

Haywood Regional Medical Center names CEO

Haywood Regional Medical Center announced that Chris Brown has been named chief executive officer (CEO), effective Nov. 28, 2022. 

With more than a decade of healthcare industry experience, Brown joins Haywood Regional from Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, where he previously served as chief operating officer (COO) and interim CEO. 

“We are pleased to welcome Chris to Haywood Regional Medical Center as CEO,” said Jamie Carter, Eastern Division President of Lifepoint Health. “Chris began his career in healthcare as a technologist and registered nurse and understands the day-to-day intricacies of a hospital and of patient care. He is a detail-oriented leader with years of healthcare operations experience. We know that Chris will positively lead the Haywood team as they continue to provide quality care to Clyde and the surrounding region.” 

During his time as COO and interim CEO at Frye Regional, Brown oversaw the financial performance, strategic planning and day-to-day operations of the facility. He was an integral part of overseeing service line operations and growth projects and collaborations between emergency and laboratory services. Prior to Frye Regional, Brown served as COO at Starr Regional Medical Center in Athens and Etowah, Tenn., where he oversaw regular operations and implementation of a tele-stroke program and other programs. Brown also was associate administrator at Duke Lifepoint’s Wilson Medical Center in Wilson. 

“Chris’ diverse operational and clinical experience contributes to his ability to effectively lead hospital teams through both normal day-to-day operations and times of change,” said Diana Laursen, chair of the Haywood Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. “His unique perspective has allowed Chris to build on teams’ successes and inspire their dedication to improving the health of their communities.”

Brown has associates degrees in applied science in radiologic technology and nursing from Edgecombe Community College and Nash Community College respectively, a bachelor’s degree in health services management from East Carolina University and a Master of Business Administration from Fayetteville State University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety. 

“I am excited to join the Haywood Regional Medical Center family,” said Brown. “I look forward to collaborating with the hospital team to serve the Clyde community, improving the delivery of healthcare and positively impacting the lives of people throughout this region.”

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