B. “Bill” James, M.H.A., has been named president of Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington
Medical Center effective April 21.
“Bill is a seasoned health care executive with over 30
years of experience leading high performing hospitals and health systems,” said
McConnell, M.D., chief executive officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “He
is regarded as one of the top community hospital executives in the mid-Atlantic
James replaces Steven C. Snelgrove, a long-term Wake
Forest Baptist Health executive, who left the post in February to assume a
position as president of a hospital in Columbia, Maryland, associated with
Johns Hopkins Medicine.
As president, James will assume leadership for the broad
oversight of all aspects of planning, critical operations and services of
Lexington Medical Center. Initial priorities include continuing to improve
patient satisfaction through high quality care delivery, assuring sound fiscal
operation of the hospital and outpatient facilities, and ensuring compliance
with regulatory agencies and accrediting bodies while continually monitoring
the organization’s service and delivery system. Additionally, he will
collaborate with clinical leaders, executives and faculty at Wake Forest
Baptist Medical Center to ensure the successful operation of inpatient and
outpatient services at Lexington Medical Center.
James is leaving his post as president and chief
executive officer of Northern Hospital of Surry County in Mount Airy, a
position he has held since 1995.
“During his tenure there, he successfully strengthened
the market position of the 133-bed acute and post-acute care hospital,” said Karen “Bobbi” Carbone,
M.D., executive vice president and chief operating officer of Wake Forest
Baptist Health. “He and his team grew revenue, increased cash reserves and
reduced debt-to-equity ratio, ensuring stability for what is now the
progressive, financially sound, independent community hospital it is today.”
“We find Bill to be a great fit for Lexington,” said Jeff
Mast, chairman, Lexington Medical Center Board of Directors. “He has proven
hospital leadership skills and a deep understanding of the Piedmont Triad
health care market.”
James spent his impressive, 30-year career in community
hospital management at numerous hospitals in Virginia, Alabama and North
Carolina, ranging in size from 130 beds to over 200 beds. He completed
undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia and obtained a master’s
degree in Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical
College of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare
Executives and serves as a member of the North Carolina Hospital Association’s
Board of Trustees.
James and his wife, Terry, are the parents of two
daughters, Rebekah and Amanda, and two sons, Cameron and Boris. They
reside in Lewisville. In Mount Airy, James has been a leader in the
community, serving as chair of Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care,
chairman of the 2013 Mount Airy Walk of the March of Dimes, on the CEO
Roundtable of the Surry County Economic Development Partnership, and on the
Boards of Directors of the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, United Fund
of Surry, and Surry County Chapter of the American Red Cross.