Leadership Team

011120_015_ELLIOTT_CHUCK_CEO_2011_03_10Chuck Elliott
President & Chief Executive Officer, Johnston Health

Chuck Elliott has been CEO and president of Johnston Health since October 2009. In addition to his administrative and leadership duties, he oversees the areas of quality and Lean transformation. He and his wife, Deb, live in Smithfield.

011120_015_ELLIOTT_CHUCK_CEO_2011_03_10Eddie Klein
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Johnston Health

Eddie Klein has been the chief financial officer at Johnston Health since June 2011.  Also, he oversees the areas of case management, medical records and information technology. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Clayton.

Marler, RuthRuth Marler
Chief Operating Officer, Johnston Health

Ruth Marler has been chief operating officer of Johnston Health’s Smithfield campus since 2008. She and her husband, Jimmy, live in Pine Level.


Ring, JackieJackie Ring

Chief Nursing Officer, Johnston Health

Jackie Ring became chief operating officer of Johnston Health’s Clayton campus in 2006, prior to its opening in 2009. She lives in Clayton.


Pocock, DonaldDonald Pocock, MD

Vice President, Medical Affairs, Johnston Health

Dr. Donald Pocock has been vice president of medical affairs since December 2013. Before transitioning his career to oversight of hospital medical staff services, he practiced internal medicine in eastern North Carolina for 21 years. He and his wife, Darby, live in Clayton.

Culver, AprilApril Culver
Vice President, Planning and External Affairs, Johnston Health

April Culver began working for Johnston Health in 2001 and became a vice president in 2004. As vice president of planning and external affairs, she advocates for the health care system on the local, state and federal levels, and coordinates all planning activities for the organization, including Certificate of Need approvals. In addition, she oversees volunteer services, development, spiritual care, and marketing and community relations. She and her husband, Chad, and daughter, Ava, live in Smithfield.

Hays, TimTim Hays
Vice President, Human Resources, Johnston Health

Tim Hays has been vice president of human resources since 2008. In addition, he oversees the education department and the Early Learning Center, a five-star NAEYC-accredited day care for children. Tim and his wife, Bobbi, live in Smithfield.

McDermott, KyleKyle McDermott
Vice President, Support Services, Johnston Health

Kyle McDermott joined the organization in 1983. In his role as vice president of support services, he is responsible for construction, resource management, engineering and security as well as the contracts for food and environmental services. Also, he is active in the work of the Johnston Health Foundation, which he organized in 1992. He and his wife, Irene, live in Clayton.

Johnston Health Medical Executive Committee

Regina Ryan, MD, President
Leslie L. Taylor III, MD, Vice President
Kumari Verghese, MD, Secretary/Treasurer
Jeri E. Dickinson, MD, MEC at Large
Stanley Watson, MD, Chief of Medicine
Richard Alioto, MD, Chief of Surgery
Manny Gupta, DO, Chief of Hospital Services
Craig Carter, MD, Immediate Past President
Donald Pocock, MD, Vice President Medical Affairs (adhoc member)