As Gene Faile prepares to retire as president of Wake Forest Baptist Health Wilkes Medical Center and passes the baton to Chad Brown, we want to take this opportunity to recognize Gene and his family for all they have done for Wilkes County citizens.

Gene came to Wilkes County in 2008 and led the successful financial turnaround of Wilkes Regional Medical Center, returning the hospital to a strong balance sheet and cash position.

During his tenure, he oversaw construction of a new $17 million emergency department, the heart center and expansion of the surgery department.

In 2010, Gene helped launch the county’s first urgent care - Urgent Care of West Park - providing cost-effective, immediate care to those who need services after hours and on weekends.

Gene guided the hospital through its transition to become part of Wake Forest Baptist Health in 2017.

In December, he was instrumental in the opening of a new cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation facility, to address the needs of those in our community with chronic heart and lung disease.

Throughout his career, Gene has been an advocate for excellent patient care. This was exemplified in 2011 and 2012 when Wilkes Regional was named a ‘Top Performer in Quality Care” by The Joint Commission.

Gene’s commitment to improving his community is widely known and appreciated. He is active in many local boards and community organizations.

He chaired the 2018 Wilkes County March of Dimes – March for Babies campaign, the most successful in Wilkes County. In 2015, the Wilkes Regional Lovelight tree was dedicated to Gene for his service to the hospital and the community.

Gene is a Fellow in the national American College of Healthcare Executives, where he shares his insight on health care leadership with colleges, community organizations, and health care professional associations.

We also want to recognize and thank Gene’s wife, Peggy, who has been a dedicated volunteer at Wilkes Medical Center. We know they are looking forward to spending more time with their children and grandchildren.

So, thank you, Gene. Your retirement is well deserved and our community is much better because of you and your family.

We also welcome Chad Brown, to his new position as president to lead the Wilkes Medical Center team in improving the health of the people of Wilkes County and surrounding areas.

NORTH WILKESBORO BOARD OF

COMMISSIONERS

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