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CaroMont Health Announces New CEO



Dallas Wilborn
CaroMont Health

Gastonia, N.C. – December 2, 2011 – CaroMont Health will welcome its new leader and chief in January 2012. Randall L. Kelley accepted the position as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) last month. Mr. Kelley, 53, succeeds Valinda Rutledge, who announced in May 2011 her plans to leave the Gastonia-based CaroMont Health to serve as the Director of the Patient Care Models Group at the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

“CaroMont Health has an amazing story to tell, and I am eager to lead an organization whose focus is on high quality, low cost and patient-centered care,” said Kelley. “CaroMont is today what every other organization aspires to be.”

Mr. Kelley currently serves as Senior Vice President of Inova Health System and CEO of Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg, VA., a position he has held since 2006. Prior to this role, he was president/CEO of Gateway Health System/Triad Hospitals in Clarksville, TN, and also worked for Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio and Bixby Medical Center in Adrian, Michigan.

Kelley’s hospital career began as an intern at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He has a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Over his 32-year heath care career, Kelley led his organizations to increase patient satisfaction, employee satisfaction and physician engagement.

Mr. Kelley and his wife, Kathy, will be moving to Gaston County this month to begin this new phase in their lives.


About CaroMont Health
As your locally focused, nationally honored health partner, CaroMont Health is promoting a more vibrant community through individual health care. To do this, we’ve created a network of top resources across five counties, all centered on a state-of-the-art, 435-bed hospital that’s ranked among the best in the nation. It’s a spectrum of health services that’s just the right size to deliver high-quality, individualized care that has been recognized by the following experts:

  • CareChex rating service: First in the nation in medical excellence for overall hospital care
  • Region’s only Hospital to receive North Carolina’s Award for Performance Excellence (Baldrige)
  • Joint Commission: Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

So get to know CaroMont, and let’s begin a healthy relationship.