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Board fires Rowan hospital chief

Chuck Elliott, chief executive officer of Rowan Regional Medical Center since 2002, was fired Tuesday following a vote by the Salisbury hospital's board.

Novant Health, the Winston-Salem based hospital group that owns Rowan Regional and Presbyterian Healthcare, recommended the change “to allow (Rowan Regional) to move in the right direction for the future,” said Novant spokeswoman Kati Everett.

The decision took effect immediately.

In a prepared statement, Everett declined to discuss specifics of Elliott's performance. “We all have great respect for Chuck and only wish him well in the future.”

Jeff Lindsay, president of Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, has succeeded Elliott as president of Rowan Regional, a 268-bed hospital. Lindsay will oversee both hospitals and also become chief operating officer for Novant's north and east markets.

In January, Rowan Regional merged with Novant, a decision made after the Salisbury hospital had been in negotiations for several months with both Novant and Carolinas Health Care System.

As part of the agreement, Novant agreed to invest $250 million in capital improvements at Rowan Regional over the next five years. Novant also assumed about $93 million of Rowan Regional's debt.