WakeMed Adds Two New Members to its Executive Staff
RALEIGH, N.C. (June 8, 2011) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals is pleased to announce the addition of Vicki Block, MHA, as senior vice president & Raleigh Campus administrator, and Dale Armstrong as vice president of regional operations.
Vicki Block, MHA
Senior Vice President & Raleigh Campus Administrator
On July 25, WakeMed will welcome Vicki Block to the position of senior vice president (SVP) and Raleigh Campus administrator. Block joins WakeMed from Moses Cone Health System, a five-hospital, 1,168-bed system with more than 7,000 employees where she has served as the vice president of heart, vascular and imaging services for the past five years. Block brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare operations as she has held leadership roles at numerous well-renowned health systems across the state and country, including The University of North Carolina Hospitals, Carolinas Healthcare and The Cleveland Clinic.
As SVP & Raleigh Campus Administrator for WakeMed, Block will be responsible for the overall administrative management and operations for the Raleigh Campus. As a member of the senior leadership team, Block will also help shape the strategic direction of the health system.
Block holds a master’s degree in hospital and healthcare administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.
Vice President of Regional Operations
Dale Armstrong will join WakeMed by August 1 as vice president of Regional Operations. Armstrong presently serves as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Cary, N.C.-based Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance (SAHA) and brings more than 20 years of hospital and healthcare senior leadership experience.
As VP of Regional Operations, Armstrong will focus on current and future linkages and the development of both day-to-day and long-term relationships with hospitals, physicians and other healthcare organizations outside Wake County and across North Carolina. In this role, he will continue to work closely with SAHA, a regional healthcare alliance that was established in 2004 to develop and foster relationships among member hospitals in order to improve the quality of healthcare, with a focus on quality and safety, cost savings, compliance, knowledge sharing and education. WakeMed was a founding member of SAHA, which today includes 15 hospitals representing 4,400 beds, 28,000 employees and an annual net revenue of $2.7 billion. SAHA’s reach stretches from the coast through central piedmont North Carolina.
Armstrong received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia at Valdosta and his bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the University of Maryland. Armstrong began his career as a medical lab technologist and then spent several years overseeing lab operations for numerous hospitals in Georgia. Prior to joining SAHA, Armstrong was the CEO of several hospitals, including Monroe Hospital in Bloomington, Ind., Brynn Marr Behavioral Health System in Jacksonville, N.C. and most recently at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, N.C. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and long standing member of Rotary International.
About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.