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Leadership Team

President and CEO, Laura Easton

Laura Easton

President and Chief Executive Officer

Credentials:

  • 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

Credentials:

  • 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

Membership:

  • Medical Group Management Association
  • American Health Information Management Association
  • American Academy of Professional Coders
  • American College of Healthcare Executives
Michael Bunch, CFO

Michael Bunch

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Master of Business Administration: East Carolina University

Membership:

  • Member, Healthcare Financial Management Association

  • Member, American College of Healthcare Executives

Community Involvement:

  • Board Member: Prime Surgical Suites, LLC

Vice President and Chief Operation Officer, Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Credentials:

  • Associate Applied Science, Nursing: Western Piedmont Community College
  • Bachelor Science, Nursing, Summa Cum Laude: Winston Salem State University
  • Masters Business Administration: Gardner Webb University

Membership:

  • 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

Credentials:

  • 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
David Lowry, MD

David Lowry, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry - Otterbein University
  • Bachelor of Science, Life Sciences - Otterbein University
  • Doctor of Medicine/MD – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Masters of Business Administration – Lenoir Rhyne University
  • Fellow of the Advisory Board – Fellowship in transformational Leadership - Washington, D.C.
  • Internal Medicine – Board Certified – American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine – Board Certified Internal Medicine

Membership:

  • Membership - American College of Health Care Executives

Community Involvement:

  • Board Member Caldwell Medical Foundation
  • Member – Corinth Reformed Church – Hickory, N.C.
John Powell, MD

John Powell, MD

Chief of Staff

Credentials:

  • BS in Biology at Georgia Southern College
  • MD at Medical College of GA
  • Family Medicine Residency at Cox Medical Center in Springfield MO.
  • Board Certified in Family Medicine

Membership:

  • Member of the AAFP

Community Involvement:

  • Board member of Robins Nest Child Advocacy Center
  • Member of First Baptist Church of Lenoir

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