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, Marketing/Communications and Strategy

April Culver began working for Johnston Health in 2001 and became a vice president in 2004. As vice president of marketing/communications and strategy, she is responsible for all internal and external communications and marketing activities to support Johnston Health. 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 spiritual care and volunteer services and the Johnston Health Foundation.  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.


Johnston Health Medical Executive Committee

Richard Alioto, M.D., President
Octavia Cieza, M.D., Vice President
Russell Anderson, M.D., MEC at Large
John R. Adams, M.D., Chief of Medicine
James B. Collins III, MD, Chief of Surgery
Rodney L. McCaskill, M.D.- Chief of Hospital Services
Leslie L. Taylor, III, M.D.- Immediate Past President
Cary Bizell, M.D., Chair Credentials & Member at Large
Peter Charvat, M.D., MBA Chief Medical Officer (ex officio Member)