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Rowan hospital board votes

to fire CEO Chuck Elliott

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 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


Karen Garloch

Charlotte company to build new Carowinds ride

A local construction company will be assembling Carowinds' newest ride.

Charlotte-based Hendrick Construction is building the foundations, line, control station, site paving and amenities for the Carolina Cobra “boomerang” roller coaster, a $4 million project set to open in the spring. That work is expected to be finished in February, at which point Hendrick and Carowinds will assemble and mount the structure, according to a news release.

The site and foundations will be surveyed with GPS technology for maximum precision, and the ride will require 1.6 million pounds of structural concrete and 60,000 pounds of reinforcing steel to support the track and the force of the ride. It will also have concrete caissons that will in some cases extend more than 15 feet underground, compared with about 2 feet for conventional building foundations.

Jen Aronoff