CEO L. Lee Isley to Leave Granville Health System


OXFORD, NC (January 25, 2018)- The Granville Health System (GHS) Board of Trustees (BOT) announced they have accepted the resignation of L. Lee Isley, Ph.D, FACHE as Chief Executive Officer of Granville Health System. Dr. Isley has served as CEO for Granville Health System since 2006.  He will continue his duties until March 30, 2018. 

Isley has accepted a position as President and CEO of Nash UNC Healthcare in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. 

While with GHS, Isley worked with Medical Staff, BOT and the community to initiate a system-wide strategic planning process, providing the roadmap for building a collaborative foundation for improving services, quality and growth for Granville Health System.

During Isley’s tenure, the organization revitalized its emphasis on quality, leadership collaborated with the BOT, Medical Staff and clinical managers in developing a system-wide Quality Initiative. A Board-appointed committee, the “Quality Council,” was created to lead quality for the system. The Council, working with medical staff subcommittees, led change in core measure practices, which led to the organization receiving a number of recognitions. Groups such as the North Carolina Hospital Association, N.C. Quality Center, American Alliance of Healthcare Providers, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina, Health Grades, and The Leapfrog Group recognized Granville Health System in areas of quality, patient safety and value of care.

During this time, GHS also developed a master facility plan leading to the completion of a $21M construction project on the main campus and initiated a system-driven Medical Staff Development Plan in collaboration with Medical Staff and BOT, allowing for the successful recruitment of needed physicians and increasing the active medical staff by 35 percent. The plan also led to the addition of two new practices on the main campus to include urology and cardiology.

Since 2006, the Health System has experienced a 40 percent increase in inpatient admissions, 23 percent increase in surgery cases, 22 percent increase in outpatient imaging and 50 percent increase in emergency department visits. GHS also expanded primary care services in Oxford and on the South Granville Medical Center Campus. GHS continues to focus on developing an engaged Medical Staff and identifying growth opportunities that set Granville Health System apart from other regional health systems.

Also during the last 10 years, the organization has implemented the Transitional Care Program, working with Granville’s patients to reduce readmissions and unnecessary emergency department visits while increasing primary care visits. The initiative also established evidence-based practice standards within the medical staff while caring for high-risk patients.

Most recently, under the guidance of the BOT and medical staff leadership, the organization identified and joined a Clinically Integrated Network. GHS is now a member of the UNC Health Alliance to increase Granville’s ability to capture value based contracting and identify narrow network contracting opportunities in the Health System’s service area.


Isley is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, having received the Regent’s Award in 2016. While at Granville, he has held a seat on the North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA) Board of Trustees, NCHA Policy Development Committee, NCHA HOSPAC Committee, NCHA Nominating Committee and North Carolina Center for Quality Patient Safety Committee. Dr. Isley currently serves as a Delegate for the American Hospital Association and was recently appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to a seat on the North Carolina EMS Advisory Council. He has been active in leadership and service activities in Granville County, including: Oxford United Methodist Church, Granville Education Foundation, United Way of Oxford, Rotary International, and Boy Scouts of America, Troop 629.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I’d like to thank Lee for his work and efforts of more than 11 years with the Health System and our communities,” said L.C. Adcock, Chairman of the Granville Health System Board of Trustees. “I personally would also like to thank Lee and his wife Melissa for their work and efforts in our communities and involvement in Granville County.”


The Granville Health System Board of Trustees has initiated the search for Granville Health System’s next CEO. 


About Granville Health System

For nearly 98 years, Granville Health System has been delivering quality health care close to home.  To meet the growing needs of our community, Granville Health System has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where you work and live. GHS received a number of national awards, including the Hospital of Choice Award which named Granville Health System as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. GHS also received the Community Value Index Five-Star Hospital Award, placing GHS in the top 20% of hospitals in the country in offering financial value to the communities served, while reinvesting back into facilities in order to provide for current and emerging health needs. Recently, GHS Granville Health System was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. For more information, please visit

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