LewisGale Medical Center names new COO
Willie Payton Jr. was last at Johnston-Willis Hospital
Salem-based LewisGale Medical Center has named Willie Payton Jr. its new chief operating officer, the hospital announced March 17.
Payton comes to the 506-bed acute-care medical and surgical facility from Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, where he was vice president of operations.
“We are excited to welcome Willie to our executive team and leverage his experience managing multiple interdisciplinary teams,” Lance Jones, LewisGale Regional Health System CEO and market president, said in a statement.
Payton has also held a number of administrative roles with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers for more than a decade.
A Cleveland native, he earned a bachelor’s in organizational communications and a master’s in health services administration from Xavier University.