The Anson County Board of Health announced this week that its search for a full-time Health Department director has been completed.
Chairman of the board, John Ballard, stated that following an exhaustive search over the past several months, the board is very pleased to announce that Dr. Fred Thompson has been appointed to the health director position. Dr. Thompson will assume his duties on July 7, following his retirement as president of Anson Community Hospital.
The Health Department director position has been vacant since 2010. Carol Gibson served as acting director until Wayne Raynor took over as interim director last summer. Raynor has agreed to remain as health director until Dr. Thompson begins in July.
Ballard stated, “With both a Ph.D. in Health Services and an MBA, combined with almost 20 years of experience in providing a variety of healthcare services to the citizens of Anson County, I believe Dr. Thompson can offer Anson County, and the Board of Health, a unique combination of education and experience.”
Anson Community Hospital is affiliated with Charlotte-based Carolinas Healthcare System, Inc., the second largest, public, nonprofit hospital system in the U.S. with revenues of over $7 billion. Dr. Thompson has worked very closely with the Health Department during his tenure at the hospital. He served as chairman of the Healthy Ansonians, a certified Healthy Carolinians Task Force, which received the Vera S. Robinson Longevity Award in 2011 in recognition of being certified for 15 consecutive years. He also developed one of the largest Parish Nurse programs in North Carolina with over 50 churches participating. Some of Dr. Thompson’s other accomplishments include his involvement in the construction of a replacement hospital facility to be completed in June 2014; Anson Community was recognized as a top performing hospital by the Joint Commission in 2013; established a Provider Based Primary Care Clinic that employs three physicians and a mid level provider; implemented a Mobile Health Screening Clinic with 10 sites around the county.
Dr. Thompson’s professional affiliations and community involvement include being a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, South Piedmont Community College Board of Directors, Wadesboro Rotary Club, Anson County United Way Board of Directors, Anson County Partnership for Children, and he was the recipient of the 2011 Henry W. Little Community Leadership Award. Dr. Thompson is married with one child and has three grandchildren.
“We as a board are very excited to be able to bring stability to the health director position and look forward to Dr. Thompson and Mr. Raynor working together for a smooth transition in leadership at the department,” Ballard said.