John Gizdic

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

John Gizdic, Novant Health Chief Administrative Officer

As executive vice president and chief operating officer, John Gizdic oversees the health system’s operational performance, including Novant Health hospitals and Novant Health Medical Group services. Gizdic also leads strategic integrations and emergency preparedness. He previously served as chief administrative officer.

Prior to joining Novant Health in 2021, Gizdic was president and CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). He played a vital role in supporting growth and the improvement of patient care at NHRMC. Gizdic led several key initiatives, including creating the physician network, leading the organization’s accountable care organization; facilitating numerous joint ventures in partnership with physicians, overseeing approximately $1 billion in capital projects; and spearheading an effort across the organization to improve quality, safety, and efficiencies through lean continuous improvement principles.

Prior to joining NHRMC, Gizdic was with Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS). Throughout his 14-year tenure, he served as vice president of administration and strategic services for Blue Ridge Health Care System, director of the CHS Management Company, and worked in financial operations for Mercy Hospitals.

Gizdic holds a bachelor’s degree in health policy and administration from Pennsylvania State University and Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration from Pfeiffer University.

He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He currently serves on the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board, North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) Equity and Governance Committees, and the UNCW MHA Advisory Board. He has previously served on the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity board, and Gizdic served as chair for various groups, including the NCHA board of trustees, the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Foundation/Cape Fear Future Foundation board, and NCHA policy development committee. He also served as the honorary chair for the 2016 JDRF Walk, the 2016 Relay for Life of Wilmington, and the 2017 Cape Fear Heart Walk.