Interim CEO Named to Lead UNC Rockingham Health Care

Health Care Leader Steve Eblin to Lead Hospital During National CEO Search

Interim CEO Named to Lead UNC Rockingham Health Care click to enlarge Steve Eblin

Chapel Hill, NC - Oct. 25, 2019 - UNC Health Care announced today that veteran health care leader Steve Eblin of Asheboro, NC has been appointed to the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer for UNC Rockingham Health Care in Eden, NC. Eblin will lead the organization as a national search for a permanent CEO is conducted. He will assume his new role on Wednesday, October 30th.

“We’re very pleased to introduce Steve as UNC Rockingham’s new senior leader,” said Chris Ellington, President UNC Health Care Network Hospitals. “He brings 32+ years of total health care experience to the position, and we are confident he will be able to continue the growth UNC Rockingham has experienced over the past two years of service to the region in and around Rockingham County.” 

Eblin’s overall health care experience has included a variety of leadership roles over a 25-year period with Randolph Hospital / Randolph Health. Randolph Health is a comprehensive health system comprised of a 145-bed hospital and 26 outpatient centers and physician offices throughout Randolph County. During his 25 years there, Eblin served as President and CEO of Randolph Health for a six-year period (2012 – 2018). During that time, the organization saw a 25% improvement in team member engagement due to the creation of a culture based on trust, mutual respect, collaboration, and accountability.

During his leadership tenure, Eblin was part of a team which led Randolph’s evolution from a small community hospital to a large scale, $120 million, high-quality health system.

Eblin’s other health care experience with Randolph Health and elsewhere includes:

  • Vice President, Corporate Planning and Development, Randolph Hospital
  • President, Randolph Medical Associates
  • President, Randolph Specialty Group
  • Chairman, Central Piedmont Surgery Center
  • Director of Marketing & Communications, Adena Regional Medical Center, Chillicothe, OH

At UNC Rockingham, Tonya Brown will serve as one of Eblin’s senior-most leaders. Brown was recently named to the dual role of Interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for UNC Rockingham. Brown has more than 20 years of health care experience and has been a member of UNC Rockingham’s Executive Management Team for 16 months.

Chairman of the UNC Rockingham Board of Directors Jeffrey Parris echoed Ellington’s praise of Eblin. “UNC Rockingham is very fortunate to have identified such a high-quality interim CEO in such a short timeframe,” Parris said. “As we noted earlier in the week, UNC Rockingham is in a very strong position and benefits greatly from the full backing of UNC Health Care’s expertise and resources.”

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