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LewisGale Announces Three Appointments to its Leadership Team

Salem, VA, April, 2014 – LewisGale Regional Health System is pleased to announce the appointment of three hospital leaders to its senior leadership team – each with more than 25 years of healthcare experience. Loressa Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, began her new role as Chief Nursing Officer for LewisGale Medical Center and Chief Nurse Executive (CNE) for LewisGale Regional Health System in early April. Richard Embrey, MD, MBA, has been appointed to Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the market and will assume his position May 1. Michael Abbott, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, will serve as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) for LewisGale Medical Center and will also begin his duties on May 1.

“The level of healthcare experience and expertise that each of these individuals brings to our health system is invaluable and will help us continue to build on LewisGale’s strong foundation for clinical excellence,” said Jon Bartlett, President, LewisGale Regional Health System.”

The new CNE Loressa Cole has nearly 30 years of experience with HCA, LewisGale’s parent company. For eight of those years she served as the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for LewisGale Hospital Montgomery and most recently as the Interim CNO for LewisGale Medical Center. She spent most of her career at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond where she held various leadership roles. Loressa currently serves as the President of Virginia Nurses Association. She is also founding member of the Virginia Partnership for Nursing. Loressa has a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in business administration, and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) from Case Western Reserve University. She also holds Fellow status with American College of Healthcare Executives and is certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Certified Nursing Executive, Advanced. Loressa replaces Charlotte Tyson who was promoted to Chief Executive Officer for LewisGale Hospital Alleghany.

The new CMO Dr. Richard Embrey has a wealth of healthcare experience both in management and as a physician. He most recently served as the Chief Medical Officer of Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, a 499-bed teaching hospital that serves as a referral center for Baptist Health System. Prior to this position, he practiced academic cardiothoracic surgery for more than twenty years and served as a faculty member at several universities. Dr. Embrey is board certified in general and thoracic surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and his masters of business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Dr. Embrey replaces Dr. Gary Winfield who was promoted to a new position within HCA.

The new COO Michael Abbott has been part of the LewisGale family for 23 years, serving in various leadership roles including Director of Pharmacy and both Assistant Vice President and Vice President of Surgical Services, and most recently as the Vice President of Oncology Services. Michael is also active in several professional and community organizations including the Board of Trustees for the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the SWVA planning council for the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Bradley Free Clinic where he serves on the Board of Directors and as a volunteer pharmacist.

Michael has both a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in Pharmacy, and a Master of Business Administration from Averett University. Mike replaces Bill Caldwell. “We all share a common commitment and vision to ensure LewisGale is the most trusted and respected health system in Southwest Virginia,” said President Jon Bartlett.

About LewisGale Regional Health System
LewisGale Regional Health System includes 44 HCA-owned patient care facilities including 4 hospitals, 2 regional cancer centers and a multidisciplinary cancer clinic, 6 outpatient centers and affiliations with nearly 700 physicians, including 146 employed providers and more than 500 independent physicians. With 3,300 employees, its annual payroll is $230.1 million. The system also paid $41 million in taxes and provided more than $106 million in uncompensated care to those most in need in 2012 alone. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with nearly 15,000 employees. For more information see

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