William B. (Bill) James, MHA, FACHE, President

Bill James

William B. (Bill) James, president

A seasoned health care executive with more than 30 years of experience leading high performing hospitals and health systems, James is regarded as one of the top community hospital executives in the mid-Atlantic region. He assumed the role of president at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center in April 2014.

Prior to joining Lexington Medical Center, James held the role of president and CEO of Northern Hospital of Surry County in Mount Airy, North Carolina since 1996.

He has spent his career in community hospital management at numerous hospitals in Virginia, Alabama and North Carolina, ranging in size from 94 to more than 400 beds.

He completed his undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Virginia and obtained a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia.

James is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In recent years, he has completed 2 terms of service on the North Carolina Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees.

As president, James leads planning, critical operations and services at Lexington Medical Center to ensure the delivery of high-quality, patient- and family-centered care, sound fiscal operation of the hospital and outpatient facilities, and compliance with regulatory agencies and accrediting bodies.

Additionally, he collaborates with clinical leaders, executives and faculty at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to ensure successful operation of local inpatient and outpatient services.

James has a track record of community leadership and involvement. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the J. Smith Young YMCA and the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Davidson Medical Ministries Clinic. He is also on the Advisory Board of Yadkin Valley Academy and a member of the Lexington Kiwanis Club.


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