Local Cardiologist And Board Chair Shares Vision For Johnston Health, Passion For Preventing Disease

Dr. Eric Janis, cardiologist, is the new board chairman for Johnston Health.

Whether he’s talking with a patient or a WTSB Radio audience of thousands, it’s clear that Eric Janis, MD, is passionate about preventing disease. He’s the cardiologist of 23 years at Johnston Health, and the new visionary chairman of the hospital’s board of directors.

During a recent interview, Dr. Janis said Johnston Health can distinguish itself by being the health care system that really wants to prevent disease, and really improves the lives of people in the community. “With the help of our employees, physicians, administrators, board members, vendors and community partners, we can make a real impact on the health of people in Johnston County,” he says.

He points to initiatives already underway, such as the year-long campaign to raise awareness about diabetes, flu-shot clinics at worksites across the county, and a program called Healthy Kids that teaches youngsters how to exercise and eat well.

He believes that improving health is more than preventing heart disease or breast cancer. “It’s also about preventing car accidents, teaching children to read, encouraging exercise and all of the other behaviors that improve health,” he says. “It’s about fostering an environment where people eat more fruits and vegetables and less fatty foods.”

He thinks Johnston Health provides safe, high quality care comparable to any hospital in the Triangle, including the academic medical centers. “We have an advantage in that we are committed to the health of you, the individual, and your family,” he adds. “And we can provide care in a setting that is more inviting and comfortable than other hospitals.”

Indeed, Johnston Health has received national recognition for its patient safety and quality of care, most recently an “A” grade from Leapfrog and a four-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

During a recent swearing-in ceremony, Johnston Health welcomed new and familiar faces to its board of directors. From left: David Mills of Smithfield, a lawyer, is a former member and chairman of the Johnston Health Foundation; Dr. Marilyn Pearson of Clayton is director of the Johnston County Public Health Department; Bobby Parker of Clayton, a general contractor, was a hospital board member for 14 years before returning for a new appointment; Dr. Dennis Koffer of Smithfield, a retired surgeon, is the medical director for Johnston Home Care and Hospice. Newly elected officers include Dr. Eric Janis, a cardiologist, as board chairman; and Jeff Carver, a Johnston County Commissioner, as vice chair. Also notable, Dr. Richard Alioto, an orthopedic surgeon, is chief of the medical staff

Under the leadership of the board and hospital administrators, Johnston Health is continuing to make great strides, Dr. Janis says. During the past year, highlights include the addition of neurosurgeons and tele-neurology, the expansion of vascular surgery and enhancements to the joint replacement center. Also notable, the growth in cardiovascular and orthopedic services, and the addition of primary care physicians in the community.

“Our doctors and nurses, as well as our services and quality of care are superior, he adds. “Our expertise in cardiology, vascular disease, orthopedics, oncology care, and hospital care allow us to be a hospital where you go to get the very best.”

About Johnston Health

Johnston Health is the health care system serving Johnston County. It operates acute care hospitals in Smithfield and Clayton, which are licensed for a combined 199 beds. Since February 2014, Johnston Health has been part of UNC Health Care.