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Novant Health promotes Gizdic to chief operating officer

Novant Health, the second-largest hospital operator based in North Carolina with more than $9 billion in annual revenue, promoted three executives as it continues revamping its executive leadership.

John Gizdic was named chief operating officer, with the presidents of the Charlotte, Winston-Salem and North Carolina Coastal regions reporting to him, along with its physician organization. He had been chief administrative officer and was the CEO of Wilmington-based New Hanover Regional Medical Center before its $5.3 billion sale to Novant in November 2021. Before joining New Hanover in 2005, Gizdic worked at hospital systems in Charlotte and Morganton.

John Gizdi

Novant promoted Kim Henderson to chief administrative officer. She previously was chief patient experience officer and system chief of staff. She oversees Novant’s people and culture team, team member well-being, in addition to her existing duties involving patient experience, protective services, employer solutions, patient services, community engagement, sports partnerships and foundations. She joined Novant as head of its foundation in 2015 after working as a vice president of corporate social responsibility at the Charlotte Hornets Foundation.

Onyeka Nchege was named executive vice president and chief digital and information officer. A veteran tech executive at several large companies, he joined Novant in 2020.

“These updates on our executive team display our capacity to build the expertise, rigor, creativity and capabilities required to deliver remarkable outcomes for our patients and the communities we serve,” CEO Carl Armato said in a release.

The changes follow departures of veteran Novant executives in the past 18 months, including former Chief Operating Officer Jeff Lindsay, Chief Financial Officer Fred Hargett, Chief Transformation and Digital Officer Angela Yochem and Chief Consumer Officer Jesse Cureton. Lindsay is now COO at UNC Health, Hargett is CFO at Pittsburgh-based hospital system giant UPMC, and Yochem is global chief information officer at Charlotte-based Krispy Kreme.

Alice Pope, former CFO at Inova Health System in Virginia, joined Novant as CFO earlier this month.

Armato has been CEO since 2012 after joining the system in 1998.

Novant owns Winston-Salem’s Forsyth Medical Center, Charlotte’s Presbyterian Medical Center and the New Hanover Regional. In February, it closed a $2.4 billion acquisition of hospitals in Hilton Head, Mount Pleasant and Hardeeville, South Carolina, adding more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Overall, Novant operates 19 hospitals and more than 700 physician clinics, urgent care centers and other sites.

David Mildenberg
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