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Vidant Health announces new board members

March 20, 2012 by Beth Anne Atkins

Members of the boards of directors of Vidant Health and Vidant Medical Center began their new tenure today and announced new members and officers.


“I am thrilled to begin our new board year with such outstanding individuals,” said Dave McRae, CEO of Vidant Health. “We are in a great position to lead this organization and set the course for continued success.”


The Vidant Health board members include: David Womack, chair; Arthur Keeney, vice-chair and treasurer; Thomasine Kennedy, secretary; Dr. Marcus Albernaz; JoAnne Burgdorff; Lawrence Davenport; Ernest Evans; Phil Flowers; Melvin McLawhorn; Dr. Walter Pofahl; and Cassius Williams.


The three new members to this board are Lawrence Davenport, Ernest Evans and Cassius Williams. Davenport is a lifelong resident of Pactolus and the president of J.P. Davenport and Son, Inc, a 120-year-old family agribusiness. He has served on the N.C. State University Chancellor’s Circle, the U.S. Advisory Commission for Tobacco Inspection and the N.C. State University Board of Visitors. He was chair of the N.C. State University Board of Trustees from 2009-2011. He served on the former Pitt County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees from 1989-1997 and was chair from 1996-1997.


Evans, a resident of Ahoskie, is the president of ELE Inc., an agribusiness operation in Ahoskie. He has served on numerous business and civic boards, including the Eastern Farmers Mutual Insurance Co., Centura Bank, Roanoke-Chowan Alliance, and the Hertford County Industrial Development.


Williams, a resident of Greenville, is an agent with State Farm Insurance Companies. Williams has served on numerous boards and civic groups, such as the N.C. State Board of Trustees, N.C. State University Board of Visitors and the N.C. School Improvement Panel. He previously served on the board from 1996-2007 and also served as chair.


Vidant Health is headquartered in Greenville, NC and provides services to 29 counties in the eastern third of the state. During the last decade, the system has grown from one hospital to a network of interconnected physician practices, more than 11,000 employees, 10 hospitals, home health and hospice programs and wellness facilities. As one of the largest employers in eastern North Carolina, Vidant Health supports communities economically, as well as medically, by generating more than $1.4 billion in operating and non-operating revenues annually. 

Vidant Medical Center, the flagship hospital for the health system, also announced a new slate of board officers and members. Members include: David Womack, chair; Dr. Walter Pofahl, vice-chair; Arthur Keeney, treasurer; David Harris, assistant treasurer; JoAnne Burgdorff, secretary; Dr. Marcus Albernaz; Bruce Austin; Noel Baucom; Janet Bullock; Bruce Gray; Robert Greczyn Jr.; Ralph Hall Jr.; Dr. Allan Harvin; William Jones Jr.; Thomasine Kennedy; Bryant Kittrell; Melvin McLawhorn; Dr. Mary Raab; Ray Rogers; and Bynum Satterwhite.


The new members to this board are Greczyn, Raab and Satterwhite. Greczyn is the former president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. He is also past chair of the East Carolina University Board of Trustees.


Raab is an oncologist who began practicing at the ECU Brody School of Medicine in 1977. She and her husband, Dr. R. William McConnell, headed a campaign to bring the first American Cancer Society Hope Lodge to Greenville, the first in North Carolina. 
Satterwhite is a portfolio manager with Capital Investment Counsel. He is a former board chairman for the Wake Education Partnership and is currently a long-standing board member of the Pitt County Education Foundation. He also serves as a regional board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pitt County.


Vidant Medical Center is a tertiary care, teaching hospital with 861 beds. Only 1.3 percent of hospitals in the United States have more than 800 beds; fewer than 1 percent of these are teaching hospitals. The medical center is home to the only Level 1 trauma center east of the Raleigh area.


In 2011, Vidant Medical Center admitted more than 44,000 patients. It is ranked as the second- leading academic medical center for patient centeredness in the 2011 UHC database. The medical center is home to more than 350 residents and fellows and more than 1,000 students each day.


In addition to Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Health includes Vidant Beaufort Hospital in Washington, Vidant Bertie Hospital in Windsor, Vidant Chowan Hospital in Edenton, Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro, Vidant Pungo Hospital in Belhaven, Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, and The Outer Banks Hospital at Nags Head, where it is a 60 percent owner. Vidant Health also manages Albemarle Health in Elizabeth City. 

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