Johnston Health Names Tom Williams As CEO

SMITHFIELD – Johnston Health’s board of directors has named Tom Williams as the organization’s new CEO. Williams was selected as interim CEO last year when CEO Chuck Elliott retired. The board conducted a national search for a permanent CEO.

“Tom Williams has done an outstanding job leading Johnston Health during the past few months, especially as we’ve navigated the coronavirus crisis,” said Dr. Eric Janis, a cardiologist and chairman of the Johnston Health board of directors. “His leadership skills and passion for excellent care will help strengthen our organization and our community.”

Williams is a long-time leader at UNC REX Healthcare in Raleigh, most recently serving as vice president of Ambulatory and Support Services and overseeing construction of a new community hospital in Holly Springs. In addition to experience and background in hospital administration, he is a registered respiratory therapist.

Williams grew up in Franklin County and still lives there with his family.

“Johnston Health and its dedicated employees do an incredible job meeting the needs of this community, now more than ever,” Williams said. “I’m honored to lead a team of people who are dedicated to delivering excellent care for all patients, regardless of the situation. The coronavirus crisis reinforced my belief that this organization is a model for safety and high quality.”

In early 2014, Johnston Health formed a joint venture with UNC Health Care, a partnership that has improved the health and wellness of residents of Johnston County and surrounding areas. That included opening a 50-bed community hospital on Johnston Health’s Clayton campus in 2015, and recruiting new physicians and other providers.

About Johnston Health
Johnston Health has been Johnston County’s primary health care system since 1951. Based in Smithfield, with a second location in Clayton, the hospital is an integral part of the county’s growth and development. Johnston Health is committed to its community, focused on top-notch health care, and invested in well-being. Its core purpose is to provide quality, expert care to every patient who walks through its doors. As part of the UNC Health Care System, Johnston Health holds itself to the highest standards of quality and excellence, and is committed to bringing expert care close to home for its community.