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New president assumes role at Vidant RCH

October 26, 2016 by Lisa Newsome

AHOSKIE - Patrick M. Heins has been appointed the new president of Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital (Vidant RCH) effective October 1. He succeeds Sue Lassiter who has accepted another role at Vidant Health as the administrator of the Behavioral Health service line for the system.

Heins previously served as the vice president of patient care services at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro and has more than 15 years of experience in health care management. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from East Carolina University.

“I am honored to accept the position as president of Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital and feel it is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of Sue Lassiter,” said Heins. “This is an excellent community hospital with a strong history of quality healthcare and community support. I intend to maintain these values as we strive to fulfill our mission at Vidant to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.”

Lassiter was appointed president of the hospital in 1997 and has been employed by Vidant RCH since 1985. She facilitated Vidant RCH’s affiliation with Vidant Health in 1997 as the first regional hospital to join the health system.

Among her accomplishments while president, she established the hospitalist program, led the planning and opening of the Vidant Wellness Center – Ahoskie, increased access to specialty services and led community health initiatives including the first ECU Dental Service Learning Center located in Ahoskie. She was also instrumental in establishing Roanoke-Chowan Community Health Center and Hertford Health Maintenance Alliance, a network to connect patients to primary/specialty care.

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