Harvill named to list of rural hospital & health system CEOs to know for 2024

Published 5:00 pm Friday, April 5, 2024

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Brian Harvill, president of ECU Health Bertie, Chowan and Roanoke-Chowan hospitals, has been named to Becker’s list of 110 rural hospital and health system CEOs to know for his dedication to improving rural health care.

Brian Harvill

In addition to Harvill, Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO of ECU Health and dean of ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, was also recognized for his great service to the region.

Rural hospitals allow patients from remote areas to obtain high-quality health care without traveling extended distances. The CEOs leading rural hospitals take on an assortment of responsibilities to guarantee rural communities have access to the care they need and deserve.

Harvill, a Certified Public Accountant, received his Master’s in Business Administration from Queens University, and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clemson University.

He became president of ECU Health Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in September 2023 after serving as interim president since March 2023. Harvill was appointed to president of ECU Health Bertie Hospital and ECU Health Chowan Hospital in 2018. He previously held the Vice President of Operations and the Vice President of Financial Services position for eight years.

Prior to joining ECU Health, Harvill was Director of Corporate Accounting for Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System), where he served for 17 years.

Harvill is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American College of Healthcare Executives, ECU Health Bertie Hospital Development Council, ECU Health Chowan Hospital Development Council, Albemarle Area United Way Board, Eastern AHEC Board of Directors, and Past President of the Edenton-Chowan Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he is a member of the Edenton-Chowan Rotary and the Edenton Lions club and past President.

Rural health care leaders are committed to growing hospital service lines, improving the infrastructure of their facilities, and hiring highly skilled health care professionals. In recent years, many rural hospitals have struggled due to Covid-19 and nationwide staffing shortages, however, these executives have shaped sustainable models that foster maintainable achievement.