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Carl Armato pictureCarl S. Armato is the president and chief executive officer for Novant Health. Since joining Novant Health in 1998 as the vice president of finance and operations for the physician divisions in both Charlotte and Winston-Salem, Armato has also served as senior vice president of materials management and logistics for Novant Health. In 2003, Presbyterian Healthcare appointed Armato as chief operating officer and then promoted him to president and chief executive officer in January 2004. In 2008, the health system promoted him to president of Novant Health markets and in 2011 as chief operating officer. The board of trustees appointed him to his current position in January 2012.

Prior to joining Novant Health, Armato was vice president of operations for First Care Physicians and director of finance for the General Health System in Baton Rouge, LA. He was also a senior tax/audit consultant for Ernst & Young in the Baton Rouge office. Armato holds a Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Master of Business Administration from Norwich University of Vermont.

He is a certified public accountant licensed in Louisiana and North Carolina. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the North Carolina -Society of Certified Public Accountants, the State Board of CPAs of Louisiana and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Armato serves on the Vizient Board of Directors, the executive committee of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, as the current chair of the Charlotte Chapter of the American Heart Association, and as a member of the American Hospital Association Governing Council. He is actively involved in a number of community programs including the American Heart Association and has served in a variety of roles with the Knights of Columbus, Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education and the Friends of Scouting in the past.

Recognition:

  • Father of the Year, American Diabetes Association, Charlotte Chapter, 2015
  • Pegasus Award, Public Relations Society of America, Charlotte Chapter, 2013
  • One of the Most Influential People in the Triad, Triad Business Journal, 2013, 2015
  • Most Admired CEO, Charlotte Business Journal, 2018
  • Most Admired CEO, Triad Business Journal, 2017

Tanya BlackmonTanya Blackmon is executive vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer for Novant Health. Diversity and inclusion is a core value for Novant Health. In her role, Blackmon uses diversity and inclusion to strengthen key functions of Novant Health and to achieve business and patient care objectives, creating a culture in which everyone is valued.

She joined Novant Health in 1992 and has held a variety of leadership roles, including director of clinical improvement and community care services, director of inpatient discharge planning, chief operating officer of Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital and president of Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center.

Blackmon has a Bachelor of Science in social work from North Carolina A&T State University, a Master of Business Administration from Queens University in Charlotte, and a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina.

Jesse Cureton is executive vice president and chief consumer officer for Novant Health, overseeing strategic planning, marketing and public relations, government relations, community relations and outreach, the foundations, business development and sales, network development and corporate health, as well as web development and call center relationships.

Prior to joining Novant Health in 2013, Cureton was regional executive, managing director for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. He also served in a variety of executive roles with Bank of America during his twenty-five year financial industry career.

Cureton holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a Master in Business Administration from Queens University of Charlotte.

He serves as a board member with Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte Mint Museum and Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas. Prior to joining Novant Health, Cureton served on both the Presbyterian Healthcare and Novant Health boards.

Eric Eskioglu, M.D. is executive vice president and chief medical officer for Novant Health. He is responsible for providing strategic clinical and cultural leadership to ensure the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective and patient-centered care across the Novant Health system. Eskioglu is a practicing vascular neurosurgeon and previously served as senior vice president of neurosciences for Novant Health.

Eskioglu has a unique aerospace engineering background combined with his clinical neurosurgical experience. Prior to his career in medicine, he was an aerospace engineer at AlliedSignal Aerospace Company and Boeing. Before joining Novant Health, Eskioglu worked at Physicians Regional Healthcare System in Naples, Florida and served as a neurosurgeon physician executive at Health Management Associates. There he established the region’s first comprehensive stroke center. Eskioglu has also served as the medical director for endovascular/vascular neurosurgery with at Lee Health in Fort Myers, Florida. He began his neurosurgical career at Vanderbilt University medical school as an assistant professor of neurological surgery.

A native of Tucson, Arizona, Eskioglu earned a bachelor’s of science in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Arizona. He received his medical degree, with Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society honors, from the University of Kansas Medical School. Eskioglu was the first inaugural Fellow at the National Institutes of Health with Pfizer Clinical Research Scholars program in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and an additional endovascular/vascular neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital. He is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (FAANS).

Fred Hargett is Novant Health's executive vice president and chief financial officer. He joined the health system in 2003 and most recently served as executive vice president of finance for Novant Health. Prior to that, Hargett held the position of senior vice president of financial planning for our health system.

Before joining Novant Health, Hargett served as manager of healthcare consulting at Ernst & Young in Charlotte, NC. At Ernst & Young, he led engagements in strategic planning, business development and financial forecasting.

Hargett graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He is a certified public accountant licensed in North Carolina. In addition, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Jeff Lindsay pictureJeffery T. Lindsay is Novant Health’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. He is responsible for operational performance and strategic growth of the health system. Lindsay has worked in healthcare for more than twenty years and has been part of Novant Health since 1996.

Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Political Science from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to accepting his current role in 2014, Lindsay most recently served as president of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and chief executive officer of the Winston-Salem and eastern North Carolina markets. He began his career at Novant Health as vice president of Cardiovascular Services and since served in a numerous leadership positions, including president of Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, president of Rowan Regional Medical Center and chief operating officer of the Triad region.

He serves on the North Carolina Hospital Association as chair of the board and is a member of the Winston-Salem Alliance. Lindsay is also currently serving on the board of directors for the Forsyth Country Day School, Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Senior Services of Winston-Salem and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Denise MihalDenise Mihal is executive vice president and chief nursing and clinical operations officer for Novant Health. Mihal leads clinical operations for all Novant Health hospitals, working directly with our facility nursing officers, surgical services, and trauma and emergency services leaders. She also oversees clinical operations for our central staffing and scheduling office, as well as our case management team.

Mihal began her career in healthcare as a registered nurse in intensive care. She joined Novant Health in 2000 as the administrator of Presbyterian Orthopedic Hospital in Charlotte. She has served in a variety of roles since then, including chief operating officer of our greater Winston-Salem and Eastern markets and for Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, president of Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center and president of Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center.

She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Denise MihalPam Oliver, M.D. is executive vice president and president of Novant Health Physician Network. She is responsible for medical group operations, Care Connections, clinic quality and safety initiatives as well as provider education, enrollment and engagement efforts.

Oliver is a board-certified ob-gyn and has been practicing at Novant Health WomanCare since 2005. She has served in various leadership roles, including as submarket leader for specialty practices in the greater Winston-Salem market, physician service line leader of women’s services for the greater Winston-Salem market and senior physician executive for Novant Health Physician Network, supporting clinical and business strategy across the system.

Oliver received her undergraduate degree in biology and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and Board of Governors’ scholarship recipient. She also earned her master’s degree in public health (maternal and child health concentration) from the UNC School of Public Health while enrolled in medical school. Oliver currently serves as chair for the Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition. She is a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also serves on the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund Board. In addition, she has served on the Summit School board of trustees since 2015.

Janet Smith-HillJanet Smith-Hill is executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Novant Health. She has 30 years of experience in nursing and human resources leadership. Smith-Hill develops and implements relevant people strategies and plans consistent with Novant Health’s mission of improving the health of its communities, one person at a time.

Prior to joining Novant Health, Smith-Hill held a variety of roles in the clinical environment including staff nurse, nurse consultant, discharge planning coordinator and patient outcomes manager. She began her journey at Novant Health in 1997 as nursing standards coordinator and director of accreditation and regulatory review. Later, she led employee relations and then served as vice president of human resources.

She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition, she is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration.

Angela YochemAngela Yochem is executive vice president and chief digital officer for Novant Health. Yochem develops the strategic vision for how Novant Health uses technology to engage patients, empower team members and improve the healthcare experience for our patients and the communities we serve. She leads the implementation of digital solutions across the system including experimentation, design, development, operations, support and partnerships.

Prior to joining Novant Health in 2018, Yochem served as chief information officer and executive vice president for a multi-billion dollar retail organization with more than 4,000 locations. In this role, she created new digital retail channels and transformed the tech capability. Yochem has also served as chief information officer, digital product line executive and executive team member of a multi-billion dollar global logistics company spanning 140 countries, global chief technology officer for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and a senior executive for one of the world’s largest technology companies, where she built revenue-generating technology services.

Yochem received her bachelor’s degree in music from DePauw University. She completed her master’s degree in computer science at the University of Tennessee, where she is an advisory board member. She has served on several company boards, from SEC-registrants to venture-backed start-ups, focusing on growth, enterprise risk, audit and governance. Yochem remains an entrepreneur in residence for Vonzos Partners, and is a mentor for South Korea Telecom Americas InnoPartners. She also serves as a Trustee of the Youth Works Foundation in Philadelphia. Yochem holds three US Patents and is a published author with Addison-Wesley and Prentice-Hall.