Donny Lambeth to Retire from Wake Forest Baptist After 40 Years

May 23, 2012

After 40 years, Donny Lambeth will retire from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center June 30.

Lambeth has had 17 job titles in his tenure, which began in 1972 as a cost accountant at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. He became president of the Hospital in 2008.

A leader in the community, Lambeth has been chair of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board since 1994, having been elected to the Board five consecutive times.

He is the Republican nominee for the North Carolina House of Representatives, District 75, and has no opposition in the November election.

“This transition has been planned for some time,” Lambeth said. “I am honored to have served Wake Forest Baptist for 40 years. Now, I will spend time with my family and then gear up for a new opportunity of service, representing the people of Forsyth County in the General Assembly.”

For the past year, Lambeth has been president of Lexington Medical Center and Davie Hospital, leading the integration of those hospitals into the Wake Forest Baptist system at the request of John D. McConnell, M.D., CEO.

“Donny has led an accelerated journey in those hospitals, improving their operations and financial performance and strengthening their community involvement,” said McConnell.

“Donny is an outstanding leader in our organization and the community,” added Thomas E. Sibert, M.D., MBA, president and COO of Wake Forest Baptist Health. “He is blessed with excellent interpersonal communication skills and has represented Wake Forest Baptist in an exemplary manner.”

“As CEO, Dr. McConnell is leading a vision for the Medical Center which is transforming the organization to the top tier of academic medical centers in the United States,” said Lambeth. “Integrating the missions—education, research and clinical—and the expansion to the Davie and Lexington communities, has positioned Wake Forest Baptist for great success. I am proud to have been a part of the journey.”

Lambeth’s first full time job after graduating from High Point University with a degree in business was in the accounting department at Baptist Hospital. He became controller in l982, vice president for financial services/CFO in l987, and chief operating officer in l999.

“Since I came, the changes in the organization have been massive and beneficial for the community, the region and the state,” added Lambeth. “Today, the medical center has a major impact on the quality of life, the health and the economy of the region.”

The growth of Baptist Hospital has been amazing, he said. In 40 years, the Hospital has grown from $19 million to $1.2 billion in patient revenues, from 400,000 square feet to 4 million square feet, from 499 to 855 beds and from 1,760 employees to 7,607.

Lambeth has been a member of the Board of Forsyth Tech, Common Vision of Forsyth County, the United Way, and Chairman of the Trustees of Hopewell Moravian Church.

Lambeth also is a member of the Board of Visitors of High Point University, the March of Dimes, Hospice and Palliative CareCenter, the Piedmont Club, the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce, the North Carolina Hospital Association, the University HealthCare Consortium Board and the Leadership Advisory Council of the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare. Since 2007, Lambeth has been recognized by the Triad Business Journal as one of the region’s most influential leaders.

In addition to his degree from High Point, Lambeth earned his MBA from Wake Forest. He and his wife, Pam, are the parents of four daughters and the grandparents of four.

Media Relations

Jonnie Rohrer:, 336-713-4587

Kathy Sushereba:, 336-713-4587