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Hospital executives set to leave

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Nash UNC Health Care looks poised for an almost complete changing of the guard as two more highly placed executives at the hospital announced this week their plans to resign about the same time the new CEO arrives in April.

Dr. Meera Kelley, chief medical officer for the hospital, and Dr. David Gorby, vice president of quality services, both announced Tuesday their plans to leave Nash UNC Health Care. Kelley will be leaving in the spring to pursue other opportunities and Gorby will be retiring, according to a statement from the hospital.

“Both Dr. Kelley and Dr. Gorby have made significant contributions to our organization and physician community, for which we are grateful,” Dr. Ian Buchanan said in the statement.

Buchanan has served as interim CEO of Nash UNC Health Care since September.

Buchanan said he is thankful for the work Kelley and Gorby have done at Nash UNC Health Care but feels the transition will allow for new perspectives at the hospital.

“As we work through transition planning, we will continue to focus on increasing physician engagement with our organizational priorities of patient satisfaction, quality and safety and financial improvement. We thank Dr. Kelley and Dr. Gorby for their service to Nash. We will miss them personally and professionally, but we will use their departure as an opportunity to bring fresh perspectives and insights to our improvement efforts,” Buchanan said.

The resignations of these two key figures at the hospital comes on the heels of the resignation of the hospital’s chief financial officer, David Paugh, who announced Friday that he would be stepping down in April.

“He has graciously agreed to stay on through April to assist with the CEO transition and budget planning for next fiscal year,” Buchanan said last week, as Paugh’s resignation was announced. “We will be engaging UNC Health Care’s executive search service to support our search for a new CFO.”

L. Lee Isley, who has been selected as the hospital’s new CEO, plans to take over the reigns of the hospital in early April. The Nash UNC Health Care Board of Commissioners gave final approval to his hiring in mid-January after a six-month search for a replacement for longtime CEO Larry Chewning, who was asked to step down last July amid concerns over the hospital’s financial and quality control status.

Isley has been serving as CEO for Granville Health System in Oxford since 2006 and has a 30-year career in health care services.

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