Leadership Team

President and CEO, Laura Easton

Laura Easton

President and Chief Executive Officer


Bachelor of Science, Nursing: Duke University School of Nursing

Master of Science, Nursing: University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Certificate of Administration: Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Kellogg Health Policy Fellowship: Washington, D.C.

Healthcare Executive Fellowship, Management: J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University

Board Chair, North Carolina Hospital Association Executive Committee, North Carolina Hospital Association American Hospital Association Commission on Workforce for 2001-2002

Community Involvement:

Treasurer, Caldwell 20/20 Board of Directors

Member, First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir

Member, Rotary International, Lenoir Club

Vice President Physician Services, Shelly Damron

Shelly Damron

Vice President Physician Services


Associate in Applied Science – Health Information Management

Technology: Marshall University

Regents Bachelor of Arts, Healthcare Administration: Marshall University
Master of Health Administration: Ohio University

Registered Health Information Technician – American Health Information Management Association

Certified Professional Coder – American Academy of Professional Coders


Medical Group Management Association

American Health Information Management Association

American Academy of Professional Coders

American College of Healthcare Executives

Vice President and Chief Operation Officer, Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


Associate Applied Science, Nursing: Western Piedmont Community College

Bachelor Science, Nursing, Summa Cum Laude: Winston Salem State University

Masters Business Administration: Gardner Webb University


American College Healthcare Executives

Caldwell Leadership (1988-present)

American Nurses Association

North Carolina Association of Healthcare Risk Managers

North Carolina Association of Medical Staff Services

North Carolina Human Resources Association

North Carolina Nurses Association

Community Involvement:

Member, Oak Hill United Methodist Church

Business Development Executive, Deborah Ashley Smith

Deborah Ashley Smith

Business Development Executive


Paralegal 18 years specializing in Medicaid/disability eligibility; real estate; bankruptcy; collections; family law

President/CEO of the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce for 17 years

2000 Graduate of Leadership Caldwell

L.A. Dysart Aware Recipient

2015 Caldwell Women’s Council Woman of the Year

2003 ABWA Business Associate of the Year

Community Involvement:

Board Member, United Way of Caldwell County

Board Member, Communities In Schools of Caldwell County

Policy Board Member, Western Piedmont Community College

Board Member, Coffey Foundation

Board Member, Blue Ridge Electric Foundation

Rotarian, Lenoir Rotary Club

Lifelong member of Yadkin Baptist Church

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