Hospital president set to retire


Wick Baker


From Staff Reports

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The longtime president of Vidant Edgecombe Hospital will be stepping down after a career of more than 40 years in the health care industry.

Wick Baker has announced his intention to retire later this year after serving 15 years as president of Vidant Edgecombe.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve this community for the last 15 years. I’m proud of the work accomplished at Vidant Edgecombe and the incredible team I’ve worked along side of during my time here,” Baker said. “We never lost sight of our mission to improve the health and well-being of Eastern North Carolina. That’s evident in the outstanding care we provide every day and in projects like the expanded Emergency Department and our new cancer facility that will open in July.”

Patrick Heins, president of Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, has been named to replace Baker.

“I will miss my colleagues and I know they will be in great hands with Patrick,” Baker said. “And he will be in great hands with them. He is inheriting a great team and I have no doubt they will work together to advance this hospital to the benefit of Tarboro and beyond. This community has come to expect high-quality health care in their backyard, and that will not change.”

Since coming to Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in 2003 from Texas, Baker has spearheaded significant growth projects, including establishing an inpatient hospitalist program and new patient care services, such as inpatient dialysis, a Medical Intermediate Unit, Behavioral Health Outpatient program and Cardiovascular Pulmonary Rehabilitation program.

He also has played an active role in the community, serving on the Edgecombe Community College Board of Trustees, United Way Board, Rotary Club and as chairman of the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce.

Heins, who will assume the position of Vidant Edgecombe president later this year, has worked for Vidant for more than 21 years, starting as a nurse at Vidant Medical Center’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit and holding various leadership roles throughout the system.

Heins served as the vice president of Patient Care Services for 10 years at Vidant Edgecombe and as Vidant Edgecombe’s interim president from 2012–13.

As Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital’s president since 2016, Heins has built trust and engagement with team members, providers and community members, while improving quality metrics and creating operational efficiencies to create better experiences for all.