Wilson, NC (Friday, April 28) – Wilson Medical Center announced today that Christopher Munton has been named permanent chief executive officer (CEO) of its hospital. His first day in the new role will be Monday, May 1.
“We are excited to welcome Chris into his new role as CEO of Wilson Medical Center,” said Elmer Polite, Eastern Division President of Lifepoint Health. “Chris is a great healthcare leader. He has tremendous operational expertise paired with a strong dedication to people and community. We are confident that he is the right leader to take these hospitals into the future.”
An experienced healthcare leader, who has been a part of our Lifepoint family for many years, Chris comes to Wilson Medical Center from Harris Regional and Swain Community hospitals, two Duke LifePoint facilities in western North Carolina, where he served as CEO. Before Harris and Swain, he served as chief operating officer at National Park Medical Center (NPMC) in Arkansas and assistant administrator at Rutherford Regional Health System in Rutherfordton, NC. Chris brings a proven ability to drive timely accountability and change, in conjunction with strong performance improvements in all phases of hospital operations.
“In addition to his extensive operational experience, Chris brings our hospitals a genuine commitment to people and dedication to ensuring that a hospital is an excellent community partner. Chris understands that amount of work that needs and deserves to be provided to our patients and community at large,” said Jack Wiggins, chair of the Wilson Board of Trustees. “We’re excited to welcome Chris to our community and to seek new and greater ways to improve the health and well-being of our community.”
Munton earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Brigham Young University of Hawaii, and a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is a Certified Patient Safety Officer, Certified Professional in Patient Safety and Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
“Wilson Medical Center is a pillar in the Wilson community, and I look forward to working alongside this team to continue to grow, improve our services and ensure that this facility always delivers the great care that this community deserves,” said Munton. “There is a lot of work to be done, but I look forward to joining our hospitals and communities as we continue creating places where people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice, and employees want to work.”