LewisGale Medical Center appoints new chief operating officer


LewisGale Medical Center has hired Willie Payton, Jr. as chief operating officer for the 506-bed acute care medical and surgical facility.

Prior to joining LewisGale Medical Center, Payton served as Vice President of Operations at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Va., and operated clinical and non-clinical services including emergency preparedness , security, safety, endoscopy, engineering, environmental services, food and nutrition services, imaging and patient transport.

“We are delighted to welcome Willie to our leadership team and to leverage his experience managing multiple interdisciplinary teams,” said Lance Jones, Managing Director and Market President of LewisGale Regional Health System.

Prior to Johnston-Willis, Payton held numerous administrative positions with Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers for more than a decade.

A native of Cleveland, Payton received her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications and her Masters in Health Services Administration from Xavier University. Payton is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE).

On LewisGale Regional Health System

The LewisGale Regional Health System comprises 44 patient care facilities owned by the HCA Virginia Health System, including four hospitals, two free-standing emergency departments, two regional cancer centers, and affiliations with salaried and independent physicians. HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals, 27 ambulatory care centers, six free-standing emergency rooms, and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. The private hospital system is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $105.7 million in charitable and unpaid care, and pays $88.9 million in taxes annually.


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