Granville Health System CEO Receives ACHE Regent’s Senior-Level Health Care Executive Award


Oxford, NC (April 5, 2016) – Granville Health System (GHS) announced the hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, L. Lee Isley, Ph.D., FACHE, recently received the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award at the North Carolina Hospital Association Winter Meeting on February 21. 

The Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award recognizes ACHE members who are highly experienced in the field and have made significant contributions to the advancement of health care management excellence and the improvement and development of health care delivery. The award recognizes the advancement of ACHE in their professional career.

Those considered for this award are evaluated by their peers on leadership ability, executive capability in developing their own organization and promoting its growth and stature in the community, leadership in local and state health association activities, and participation in community activities and projects. 

"Our sincere congratulations and thanks go to Lee on this well-deserved recognition," said NCHA Chair Joann Anderson, President and CEO of Southeastern Health in Lumberton, while presenting the award. “This award illustrates Lee’s hard work and accomplishments, specifically in the area of rural health care." 

Since arriving at Granville Health System in 2006, Isley has made a positive impact on the organization with his emphasis on creating a culture of quality service excellence.

Under his leadership, Granville Health System has consistently been ranked among the top rural North Carolina hospitals; recently being recognized by the NC Quality Center for outstanding performance over a 3-year initiative in patient safety and quality improvement. The System was one of the top 10 performing hospitals in the 116-member North Carolina / Virginia Hospital Engagement Network.

In order to meet the growing needs of the community, the health system also expanded its medical staff and scope of services in the areas of cardiology, urology and emergency medicine. 

Patient satisfaction scores have also improved with the implementation of the Health System’s “Tell Me Now” customer service program and the addition of new patient-centric technology such as InQuicker, an online check-in service for Emergency Department and ExpressCare patients. InQuicker enables patients to bypass the traditional waiting room experience to see a provider for emergent care. 

“I am pleased to be recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executive,” said Isley. “Our Board of Trustees has provided excellent leadership in positioning us as an essential leader in rural North Carolina health care. This recognition really is a testament to the hard work, dedication and focus of our employees and medical staff.”

After attending Western Carolina University, Isley received his MBA from Elon University and earned a PhD in Community Health / Public Health at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While at The University of Tennessee, his research focused on “The Profitability of Small, Rural Hospitals.” 

Isley is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and is active in leadership and service activities in his community. He has held a seat on the North Carolina Hospital Association Board of Trustees, NCHA Policy Development Committee and North Carolina Center for Quality Patient Safety Committee. 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. 

About the American College of Healthcare Executives

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE's established network of 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs, including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants-and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management including textbooks for college and university courses.

About Granville Health System

For more than 96 years, Granville Health System has been delivering quality health care close to home.  To meet the growing needs of its community, Granville Health System has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where its citizens 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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