UHS and PCMH Changes In Several Leadership Roles

News Release from University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina:

"Dave McRae, chief executive officer of University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina, today announced changes to key leadership roles at both UHS and Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Effective today:
· Steve Lawler, formerly chief administrative officer for UHS and president of East Carolina Health, will assume the role of president of PCMH.
· Deborah Davis, who held the title of PCMH president, will assume a new role in corporate business development.
· Diane Poole, formerly chief quality officer for UHS, assumes the new role of executive vice president for PCMH, leading hospital operations.
· Janet Mullaney, special projects coordinator for UHS, will become the new chief of corporate services.
· Tom Czaplijski, who had served as chief nursing officer at PCMH, also will assume another executive role at PCMH.
· Mary Chatman, vice president of patient-care services at PCMH, will serve as interim chief nursing officer.
· Roger Robertson, PCMH vice president of cancer and clinical services and president of UHS' HealthAccess, will assume the role of president of East Carolina Health and retain his role of president of HealthAccess.
· Joan Wynn, administrator of corporate quality, will assume a new role as vice president for corporate quality for UHS.

McRae said the changes are designed to make the best use of the skills and talents of all those involved.

"As with all large organizations, growth frequently presents opportunities for changes within leadership," McRae said. "This is the right time to make the necessary changes to ensure UHS continues to grow and prosper so the people of eastern North Carolina can rest assured they will receive the highest level of health-care delivery."

McRae said he selected Steve Lawler for the top spot at PCMH because of Lawler's record of success in his career.

"I have known Steve for many years and have witnessed his successes in his past endeavors," McRae said. "I am confident his unique perspective and abilities will help us face the challenges that are inevitable in the ever-changing world of health care."

Lawler, who has been associated with UHS since 1994, said he is enthusiastic about the possibilities at PCMH.

"Leading an organization of nearly 6,000 employees brings a host of opportunities," Lawler said. "I look forward to taking this organization to the next level of delivering health care to the people of eastern North Carolina."

Lawler, who has nearly 25 years of experience in health care, previously served as vice president of clinical services and the Heart Center at PCMH. He also served as president of Bertie Memorial Hospital in Windsor where he was responsible for the administration, operations, management and financial performance of the hospital.

As adjunct professor at East Carolina University School of Business and Allied Health, Lawler lectured on health-care operations and strategic planning. He served as clinical services administrator and adjunct faculty in the ECU School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine.

He served as a health-care administrator in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, where he specialized in health administration, contract management, personnel management and training.

Diane Poole, who moves from a UHS corporate role into a new PCMH position, said she will focus on quality and patient safety.
"I have always been a passionate believer in the critical need for hospital quality," Poole said. "Because quality is among the most important elements of patient care, I hope I can instill in others my commitment to making sure every patient experience is the best it can be."

Poole, a registered nurse with more than 30 years' clinical experience, brings a diverse background to the position. During her tenure as a corporate officer, she served as chief quality officer, chief planning officer and community-services officer, responsible for home-care and wellness programs, as well as all marketing and public-relations functions.

She also held several positions at PCMH, including vice president of nursing and vice president of planning and community services. In the latter role, she developed the Community Health Program and started home-care and home-health programs.

Poole also worked as a nurse at Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston, at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, and at Lenoir Community College in Kinston.

Janet Mullaney, currently special projects coordinator for UHS, has held various positions with the corporation since 1989. Mullaney served as chief executive officer of Heritage Hospital in Tarboro from 1997-2003. She managed the transition of Heritage Hospital from Columbia/HCA ownership to not-for-profit ownership by UHS. Prior to joining Heritage, she served as a staff nurse in a large urban hospital in Florida.

Roger Robertson currently serves as vice president of cancer and clinical services at PCMH and as president of HealthAccess, a subsidiary that houses ViQuest and Home Health and Hospice. Robertson has been associated with PCMH and UHS since 1988 when he started as a physical therapy manager. He has had numerous responsibilities since then, including administrator of rehabilitation services, vice president of HealthEast, interim president of the Outer Banks Hospital and former president of East Carolina Health.

Mary Chatman, vice president of patient-care services, will serve in the role of interim chief nursing officer. Chatman has been an employee of PCMH since 1990, when she began her career as a staff nurse. Since then, she has led several initiatives, including the construction of ViQuest, a 52,000-square-foot wellness center in Greenville. She also has served as president of HealthAccess Inc. and as vice president for specialty services at PCMH.

Joan Wynn, administrator of corporate quality, will assume a new role as vice president for corporate quality for UHS. Wynn joined PCMH in 1990 as a clinical nurse specialist and worked in a wide range of clinical settings to reach the position of administrator of care management. She joined UHS in 2004 as administrator of corporate quality, where she is responsible for developing, administering and evaluating the system's approach to quality and patient safety.


UHS includes Bertie Memorial Hospital, Chowan Hospital, Heritage Hospital, Outer Banks Hospital, Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Roanoke-Chowan Hospital and physician practices and is affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University."