Leadership at UNC Health Blue Ridge

Kathy BaileyKATHY C. BAILEY was named President and Chief Executive Officer at UNC Health Blue Ridge in January 2013. Prior to becoming the CEO, she held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Blue Ridge HealthCare since 2005. Prior to coming here, she was the Inaugural CEO of The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head, NC, for six years. Kathy led the design and building of that hospital, and then ran it until 2005.

From 1990 to 1999 Kathy was the VP of Patient Care at Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, NC. While there, she implemented the Shared Governance Model for nursing, the first implementation in NC. She presented her Shared Governance Model at numerous national conferences, including presentations at the Mayo Clinic, St. Joseph’s in Atlanta, and Johns Hopkins University. She was featured in several articles about her Shared Governance success, her accomplishments on building a hospital from the ground up in the Outer Banks, and was the featured guest on the TV show “NC People” in 2002 with Dr. William Friday.

In addition to doctoral studies, Kathy obtained her Bachelor’s in Nursing at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her Master’s in Health Policy and Administration at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kathy also served as the President of the North Carolina Organization of Nurse Executives in 1996. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and was the 1996 recipient of the NC Great 100 Nurses award. She was named to Becker’s Hospital Review Top Female Healthcare Executives in 2016, and currently serves on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as the Vice Chair of Strategic Planning, the Burke Development Board, and the Catawba Regional Board for American Red Cross. She has maintained Fellowship status in the American College of Healthcare Executives since 1997.

Under her leadership, UNC Health Blue Ridge serves as the healthcare provider of choice for Burke County and surrounding communities.

Pat MollPAT MOLL is Chief Financial Officer, and is responsible for all the functions related to the financial operations of the system. She gathers and analyzes all the financial data and information to make sure the hospital is operating within budget and to determine how to allocate funds to various areas.

Pat joined UNC Health Blue Ridge in October 2020 after serving two years as Director of Financial Operations at Southeastern Health in Lumberton. Prior to Southeastern, Pat served CHS Blue Ridge as Vice President of Finance/Controller for 13 years. She has 27 years of experience in healthcare finance.

Pat obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Maine and holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Pat Loves the beach, but she is happy to be back home with her children and grandson.

Thom EureTHOMAS (Thom) L. EURE is Senior Vice President of Corporate Services and General Counsel. He provides counsel to the board of directors on all legal matters, attending all committees of the board. He serves as a member of the executive management team providing advice to senior management on legal and regulatory issues; manages legal department and budget for outside counsel, as required; and manages interaction with various regulatory agencies.

Upon graduating law school at Campbell University, Thom went to work for an established law firm in Laurinburg in 1991. For the next six years, he had the privilege, as a general practitioner, of working in the district and superior courts, representing clients in a small-town practice. In 1997, having previously represented the local hospital in legal matters, Thom was invited to become its full-time employee.
Given the growing regulatory environment in healthcare delivery, he was asked to develop a compliance program. In 2002, he moved to Burke County to become the first general counsel of Blue Ridge HealthCare System, Inc., the then newly formed joint operating company of Valdese General Hospital and Grace Hospital, now with 1,800 employees.

He was a member of the North Carolina Association of Healthcare Risk Management Board of Directors serving as chair of Legislative Updates Committee, 2000-2002. He also services on the board of the Good Samaritan Clinic, Morganton, NC and he is a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher for adult couples at Burkemont Baptist Church, Morganton, NC.

Thom and his wife, Lynn, have four children. 

Jon MercerJON MERCER is the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations with oversight of system-wide operations. Jon started in a clinical role with Blue Ridge HealthCare in 1998, then transferred into an administrative role after receiving his Master’s degree in Business Administration, and Master’s degree in Health Administration. Jon has since had various leadership roles, each with progressively increasing responsibilities.

Jon is focused on serving others in our community, in and outside the walls of our healthcare system and lives out the philosophy: we are friends and neighbors taking care of friends and neighbors. He is an active board member of Options, Inc., and Western Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees. He is the President of the Rotary Club of Valdese, and serves on the Burke Partners in Education Council.

In addition to his MHA and MBA from Pfeiffer University, Jon obtained his bachelor’s in biology from Western Carolina University, and a Master’s in Exercise Physiology at Appalachian State University.

Jon and his wife, Kristina, have two sons.

Anthony Frank, MDANTHONY FRANK, JR., MD, MBA, FACEP, CPE, is Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer. He joined UNC Health Blue Ridge in July 2019.

Dr. Frank previously served as the Regional Emergency Department Medical Director for Vidant Medical Center and East Carolina University, covering six hospitals.

Dr. Frank received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Computer Science from Washington and Lee University.  He went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School and did his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of South Carolina, Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, where he also served as the Chief Resident in Emergency Medicine. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine through the American Board of Emergency Medicine and holds a subspecialty board certification in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

In addition, Dr. Frank holds a Master of Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a Certified Physician Executive through the American Association for Physician Leadership.  He is a prolific author of journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters. Dr. Frank has presented a multitude of lectures regionally and nationally. His recognitions and awards include the FBI Service Recognition Award and the AMA Physician Recognition Award.

Dr. Frank and his wife, Karen, have two daughters.

Drew Thomas FacheANDREW THOMAS FACHE is Chief Ambulatory Officer - VP Medical Group. Drew has had various leadership roles with UNC Health Blue Ridge since 2012, each with progressively increasing responsibilities.

Drew has a diverse background in the medical field; serving as an EMT from 2003 until 2014, He served in the US Army Reserve’s Medical Service Corp, and worked as a financial services officer in the banking industry before transitioning into an administrative role in the healthcare field. Drew received his Master’s degree in Business Administration with a healthcare management concentration from The Ohio University, and a bachelor’s in Business Administration from Appalachian State University. Drew is a Fellow and a Board Certified Healthcare Executive through the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Drew currently serves as a volunteer firefighter with West End Fire Department. He is also an active member of the Catawba Valley Freemason Lodge 217, the Rotary Club of Morganton, and serves on the Finance Committee of East Valdese Baptist Church.

Drew and his wife, Holly, have a son and two daughters. 

Barry NelsonBARRY NELSON, MSN, RN, CENP,  is Vice President of Nursing/Chief Nurse Executive of UNC Health Blue Ridge. Barry has executive oversight of the system’s nursing practice. Barry joined the UNC Blue Ridge team in December of 2017. During his time here, Barry has held nursing leadership roles including Director of Nursing for Critical Care, Telemetry, Cath Lab, Family Center and Special Care Nursery, and Executive Director of Nursing.

Barry obtained his Paramedic certification in 1998 and actively served until 2003; he remained certified until 2018.  Barry has a diverse background in the field of nursing and emergency services. Barry served as a law enforcement officer from 1995 until 1998. He started his career in nursing as an Emergency Department RN in 2004 and transitioned to a flight RN for MedCenter Air in 2008. Barry received his Master of Nursing Science degree from South University, and a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Winston – Salem State University. Barry has obtained a credential of a Certified Executive in Nursing Practice.

Barry currently serves on his church’s security and medical mission team. Part of his medical mission team services includes an annual international mission trip to provide medical care to underserved populations. Barry and his wife, Kim, have one son.

Mark Pittman - Human ResourcesMARK PITTMAN is Chief Human Resources Officer, Vice President of Human Resources, and is responsible for managing 1,800 employees, employee relations, rewards and benefits and employee health. His job duties also are related to organizational development, recruitment and staffing, performance management, and compensation and benefits. In addition, he provides management, leadership and direction to the HR staff and employee health while fulfilling the role of senior level advisor to executives and employees regarding human resources trends and employee issues.

Pittman, originally from Cramerton, NC, began his healthcare human resources career at Vidant Health in Greenville, NC, where he served as the administrator of the Total Rewards program, and the manager of compensation and benefits for 13 years. He most recently worked for Hamilton Healthcare System in Dalton, GA, a nonprofit regional health care organization serving the northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee region. He also served as the VP, Human Resources at North Mississippi Health Services for four years.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Belmont Abbey College and completed graduate level course work from East Carolina University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Society for Human Resources Management, and American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration.