“Fred Williams has provided valuable leadership during his term as chairman of Southeastern’s board of trustees,” Johnson said. “He has presided over many accomplishments of this organization, most notably securing our new CEO, Joann Anderson. It has been an honor to serve with him and I look forward to his continued help both as a friend and supporter of Southeastern Regional Medical Center.”
Williams served as chairman from January 2006 through December 2007. A resolution recognizing Williams for his leadership was presented at a recent ceremony. It listed the major achievements of the medical center under his chairmanship: The completion and opening of the Southeastern Heart Center managed by Duke University Health System; the completion of an employee pride survey as a measure of satisfaction within the work environment; the pursuit by Southeastern to obtain Magnet status as established by the American Nurses Credentialing Center; certificate of need approval and opening of a 12-bed inpatient hospice facility, named Southeastern Hospice House, with approval for a six-bed addition; the recruitment of 12 new hospitalists, a new specialty solely responsible for caring for hospitalized patients from admission to discharge; the recruitment of 27 new physicians to the SRMC medical staff; in collaboration with the city of Lumberton and Robeson County, the purchase of 13 state-of-the-art 12-lead EKG monitor/defibrillator units for ambulances; the installation of a 64-slice CT scanner used to detect blocked arteries; the search and successful selection of the medical center’s fourth president and CEO, Joann Anderson, following the retirement of J. Luckey Welsh Jr.; the name change of Hospice of Robeson to Southeastern Hospice; the relocation and remodeling of Southeastern Sleep Center to the medical center’s main campus; the implementation of an employee customer service excellence program featuring mascot, Rocky the Bear; the transition from a smoke-free to a 100 percent tobacco-free campus; the establishment of the region’s first intensivist program; the establishment of the following SRMC affiliates: The Orthopaedic Center, Southeastern Digestive Health Center, Southeastern Wound Healing Center and Southeastern Urgent Care of Pembroke; and the addition of bariatric surgery services.
Before stepping down as chairman of the SRMC board earlier this year, Williams served a total of 15 years, including two terms as chairman.
“We are fortunate to have community leaders such as Jerry Johnson and Fred Williams who recognize the importance of improving the health of the people of Robeson County,” said Joann Anderson, president and chief executive officer of SRMC. “We are very appreciative of Mr. Williams’ service and we look forward to the leadership of Mr. Johnson, who is also a recognized leader in our community.”
Johnson has been a member of the SRMC board since 2004. He is the owner of Jerry Johnson Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac Inc., of Lumberton.
A native of Rowland, Johnson earned his undergraduate degree in anthropology from Wake Forest University in 1976. He began graduate studies at the University of Nebraska but returned home to work with his father, James Johnson, at Rowland Motor Company.
In addition to serving on the board of SRMC, Johnson serves on the SRMC Foundation Board and has supported several local events and organizations, including Relay for Life, Chevy to the Levee, Communities in Schools, Exploration Station and others.
Johnson lives in Rowland with his wife Von. They have two grown children, Kelsie and Trevor.
W.C. Washington serves as vice chairman and secretary of the SRMC board of trustees. Other members are: Dr. Bob B. Andrews; John Barker; Dr. Martin L. Brooks; Faye C. Caton; Randall S. Jones; Katrina L. Locklear; Alphonzo McRae Jr.; Dr. Allen C. Meadors; Dr. John C. Rozier Jr.; James R. Rust; Joseph R. Thompson; and Michael P. Walters.
—Amanda L. Crabtree is the public relations director for Southeastern Regional Medical Center. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.