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Frye Regional Medical Center Names Dr. Philip Greene as its New Chief Executive Officer

Headshot of Dr. Philip Greene

Hickory, NC (November 14, 2022) – Frye Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint Hospital, announced today that Philip Greene, MD, who currently serves as its chief medical officer, has been promoted to new chief executive officer (CEO), effective November 28. He will replace Chris Brown, who has been serving as interim CEO, in addition to COO, at Frye Regional since June and is the first physician CEO in the history of Duke LifePoint Healthcare.

“We are excited for Dr. Greene to continue his journey at Frye,” said Jamie Carter, Eastern Division President of Lifepoint Health. “His unique combination of deep clinical experience and operations expertise makes him the right candidate to lead Frye Regional into the future.”

Greene has more than two decades of hospital experience. He joined the Frye Regional team in 2021 as its chief medical officer. In this role, he was responsible for operational oversight for the clinical pharmacy and respiratory therapy as well as the quality and risk management departments and medical staff services. Prior to Frye Regional, he spent 10 years at Catawba Valley Medical Center, serving in various positions including chief of staff.

Greene earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology from Heidelberg College. He received his MD at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of South Florida.

“Dr. Greene has been a great addition to the Frye Regional team,” said John delCharco, MD, chair of the Frye Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. “He knows the Hickory community well, and his leadership as chief medical officer has advanced care delivery at the hospital. We are looking forward to working with him as he takes on the role of CEO, and we are confident he will advance Frye Regional Medical Center’s standing as a leader for advanced healthcare across the region.

“I am looking forward to continuing my relationship with Frye Regional and the Hickory community,” said Greene. “I have had the opportunity to grow within this community and I am honored to partner with our board to continue to serve those hospital leaders, physicians, employees, and patients who put their trust in our hospital every day. We have great opportunities ahead of us to further expand our services and reach more people across this region and advance our mission of making communities healthier.”


About Frye Regional Medical Center

A part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, Frye Regional Medical Center has served the health and medical needs of the residents of the Catawba Valley region since 1911 with a commitment to delivering high-quality and compassionate care with a focus on patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. In 2021, the hospital made more than $10.3 million in capital investments; donated more than $68 million in services to those in need; and added 86 employed, affiliated and telehealth providers.

Frye Regional Medical Center includes a 355-bed acute care hospital – home to the Frye Regional Heart Center, Brain Center, Cancer Center, Lung Center, Orthopedics, General and Vascular Surgery, Surgical Weight Loss, and Women’s Center with a Level III NICU.

The hospital also features a 32-bed Emergency Department, 29-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, 15-bed Surgical Suite and Inpatient/Outpatient Imaging. Frye Regional’s South Campus is home to an 81-bed Behavioral Health Hospital. The health system also offers regional access to more than 70 primary care and specialty care providers through the FryeCare Physicians Network. Learn more at


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