Wake Forest Baptist Names Two Hospital Presidents, Expanded Positions Reflect Health System’s Growth

March 19, 2019

Wake Forest Baptist Health today announced expanded positions for two of its current women executives, effective April 1.

Senior Vice President and System Chief Nurse Executive Cathleen Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP, will add to her responsibilities and take on the role of president of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the health system’s flagship hospital in Winston-Salem. This position reports to Kevin High, MD, president of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s system. 

In her expanded role, Wheatley will oversee hospital operations at the Medical Center, Brenner Children’s Hospital, and North Carolina Baptist Hospital-based clinics such as Downtown Health Plaza.
She will retain her current responsibilities as the health system’s chief nurse executive overseeing nursing functions across the enterprise, which include inpatient, outpatient and ambulatory care nursing, clinical regulatory compliance, nursing information systems and electronic medical record training. Wheatley joined Wake Forest Baptist in September of 2014 and has extensive experience as a health care executive, both nationally and internationally.

Also announced today, Vice President, Women’s and Children’s Health Services, Alisa L. Starbuck, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, NEA-BC, will expand her current position to also serve as president of Brenner Children’s Hospital. This larger role reflects the responsibilities of managing the health system’s third-largest hospital.

Starbuck will have a dual report to Cathleen Wheatley and to Kevin High, in her roles as Brenner Children’s president and vice president of women’s and children’s health, respectively. Starbuck joined Wake Forest Baptist in 1986 as a neonatal intensive care nurse and has served in a progression of leadership roles in women’s and children’s care.

“These expanded positions are part of our ongoing efforts to align leadership team strengths with the needs of our growing health system,” said Kevin High, MD, president of Wake Forest Baptist’s health system. “Cathleen and Alisa are extraordinary leaders who continually look for ways to improve health care services and access in the communities we serve.” 


Media Contacts:

Joe McCloskey jmcclosk@wakehealth.edu  336-716-1273
Eryn Johnson eryjohns@wakehealth.edu  336-713-8228