Granville Health System CEO Appointed to the North Carolina EMS Advisory Council


Oxford, NC (April 13, 2015) – Granville Health System (GHS) announced the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, L. Lee Isley, Ph.D., FACHE, was recently appointed to the North Carolina EMS Advisory Council. 

The council acts as an advisory body to the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS). Isley accepted the post representing the North Carolina Hospital Association, replacing outgoing member William K. Atkinson, Ph.D.

“I am pleased to appoint Lee Isley to the North Carolina Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council,” said Aldona Wos, M.D., Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. “His knowledge and experience will be a valuable contribution to the work of the Council and the Division of Health Service Regulation, Office of Emergency Medical Services.”


The OEMS mission is to foster emergency medical systems, trauma systems and credentialed EMS personnel to improve in providing responses to emergencies and disasters, resulting in higher quality emergency medical care being delivered to the residents and visitors of North Carolina.


“We are pleased to have Lee Isley representing North Carolina hospitals on the NC EMS Advisory Council,” said Hugh Tilson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the North Carolina Hospital Association. “His unique skills combining his experience in emergency medical services and his broader perspectives from his role as a hospital CEO will serve OEMS well as the council continues to work in improving EMS care delivery throughout North Carolina.”


Isley brings a significant level of experience with him to the North Carolina EMS Advisory Council. He began his career as a Paramedic working in Orange, Guilford and Jackson counties. He held various positions within EMS from Senior Paramedic to Director, eventually transitioning to hospital administration.


In 1995, Isley joined WestCare Health System in Sylva, North Carolina, and held executive level positions, from Assistant Vice-President to Chief Operating Officer. In 2004, he joined Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System in Morristown, Tennessee as the Chief Administrative Officer. In 2006, Isley was selected as the new Chief Executive Officer for Granville Health System.


Isley maintains a strong depth of knowledge as an Emergency Preparedness instructor, facilitating emergency and disaster management symposiums throughout the United States working with LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training. This level of expertise and council will support NC OEMS as one of the lead state agencies for healthcare preparedness, response, and recovery, in close partnership with the Division of Public Health and the Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management.


 “Lee Isley is a great fit on the North Carolina EMS Advisory Council,” said Dr. Ryan Bayley, Granville Health System’s EMS Medical Director. “His leadership and commitment in working with Granville EMS has bolstered the division’s level of care and performance. His experience and vision will clearly benefit the council and North Carolina.”


In addition to the North Carolina Hospital Association, membership on the North Carolina EMS Advisory Council is representative of medical associations, health organizations, emergency medicine educational institutions, the North Carolina Legislature and Commissioners, and the North Carolina community.


“I am honored to serve on the council,” said Isley. “The state of North Carolina has recognized the excellent care Granville EMS provides our residents and I look forward to representing North Carolina’s hospitals as we continue to improve on the exceptional work of NC OEMS.”


About Granville Health System

For more than 94 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 four years running. GHS has 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, 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. The GHS main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more information about Granville Health System visit GHS online at


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