Leadership Team

Chuck Elliott
President & Chief Executive Officer

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.


Eddie Klein
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

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.


Ruth Marler
Chief Operating Officer, Chief Nursing Officer

Starting in 2008, Ruth Marler was the chief operating officer and chief nursing officer for six years at Johnston Health. In 2015, she accepted the operations and nursing oversight, as well, for Johnston Health Clayton. Since the opening of a three-story wing in 2015, the former outpatient center and free-standing emergency department have become a full-service hospital. She and her, husband, Jimmy live in Pine Level.

April Culver
Vice President, Planning and External Affairs

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, the foundation department, spiritual care, and marketing and community relations. She and her husband, Chad, and daughter, Ava, live in Smithfield.

Tim Hays
Vice President, Human Resources

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.


Kyle McDermott
Vice President, Support Services

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. He is the Administrator of Johnston Health Clayton, and is also active in the work of the Johnston Health Foundation, which he organized in 1992. He and his wife, Irene, live in Clayton.

Dr. Peter Charvat
Chief medical officer

Johnston Health welcomes Dr. Peter Charvat, as chief medical officer. Before joining the health care system on Aug. 28, he was president of an emergency physicians group providing care at St. Cloud Hospital in Minnesota. While at St. Cloud, he staffed in the emergency department and was active in administration, serving on the peer review, bylaws and credentials committees, and as chief of staff.Dr. Charvat earned his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine, and completed a residency in emergency medicine at Indiana University’s Methodist Hospital. He is board certified in emergency medicine. Also notable, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

Johnston Health Medical Executive Committee

Leslie L. Taylor III, MD, President
Richard J. Alioto, MD, Vice President
Raj Majithia, MD, MEC at Large
Stanley Watson, MD, Chief of Medicine
Alma Jenkins, MD, Vice Chief of Medicine
James B. Collins III, MD, Chief of Surgery
Jodi Bailey, MD, Vice Chief of Surgery
Johnathan L. Lozevski, MD, Chief of Hospital Services
Rodney L. McCaskill, MD, Vice Chief of  Hospital Services