William B. (Bill) James

Bill James

William B. (Bill) James, president

William B. (Bill) James, MHA, FACHE, will become president of Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center April 21. A seasoned health care executive with over 30 years of experience leading high performing hospitals and health systems, he is regarded as one of the top community hospital executives in the mid-Atlantic region.

As president, Mr. 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 CEO 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. 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.

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.

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