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.