WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Novant Health has named John Gizdic as executive vice president and chief business development officer. In this role, Gizdic will oversee the development of Novant Health’s Eastern market and the corporate areas of integration, business development and sales, corporate health, and public safety. He will remain responsible for the coastal region, including New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).

“We are excited to have John join Novant Health in this new role,” said Carl Armato, president and CEO, Novant Health. “John has done a tremendous job developing high-quality and affordable health care in southeastern North Carolina. We look forward to bringing his vast expertise in health care operations and management from the Eastern market to our efforts across the state.”

“I look forward to continuing to work with the New Hanover Regional Medical Center team and our expanded Novant Health family to find new ways to serve and improve the health of our region,” said Gizdic. “I couldn’t be more proud of our health care heroes, and am glad to continue working alongside them. I am also pleased to take on an additional role serving on the Novant Health executive team, and am excited about all we can accomplish together.”

As the former president and CEO at NHRMC, Gizdic played a vital role in supporting growth and the improvement of patient care at NHRMC. He has led several key initiatives, including the creation of the physician network that became the NHRMC Physician Group. Gizdic led Physician Quality Partners, the organization’s accountable care organization; facilitated numerous joint ventures in partnership with physicians, overseeing approximately $1 billion in capital projects; and spearheaded an effort across the organization to improve quality, safety and efficiencies through Lean continuous improvement principles. He joined NHRMC in 2005 as vice president of strategic planning and business development, assumed the title of chief operating officer in 2013 and became president and CEO in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Prior to joining NHRMC, Gizdic was with Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS). During his 14-year tenure he served as vice president of administration and strategic services for Blue Ridge HealthCare, director of the CHS Management Company and worked in financial operations for Mercy Hospitals.

Gizdic is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently serves as chair of the NCHA Board of Trustees. He has previously served as chair for various groups, including the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Foundation/Cape Fear Future Foundation Board and North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) Policy Development Committee. He also served as the honorary chair for the 2016 Relay for Life of Wilmington and as chair for the 2017 Cape Fear Heart Walk.  

About Novant Health
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The Novant Health network consists of more than 2,300 physicians and over 36,000 employees that provide care at more than 700 locations, including 16 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2020, Novant Health was the only healthcare system in North Carolina to be included on Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity list. Diversity MBA Magazine has also ranked Novant Health third on its 2019 list of “Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work.” Novant Health provided more than $993.2 million in community benefit, including financial assistance and services, in 2019.

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