Michael R. Blackburn Appointed CEO 
Wednesday, 16 July 2008 

Frye Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael R. Blackburn as chief executive officer, effective Aug. 4, 2008.

Blackburn, 56, is an accomplished senior executive with more than 30 years of healthcare experience. He will report to John Holland, senior vice president of operations for Tenet’s Southern States region.

“Michael brings considerable experience and energy to this leadership position,” said Holland. “We are confident that his extensive background in hospital management will help Frye Regional continue its mission to provide quality medicine and compassionate care.”

Blackburn joins Tenet from Quorum Health Resources where he managed 14 hospitals as regional vice president for North and South Carolina. Prior to this role, he worked with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) more than 20 years as chief executive officer of various hospitals in the southeast region of the country.

Blackburn holds a bachelor’s in health care administration from East Texas State University, and a master’s in health care administration from Texas Women’s University. He is a member of the American Hospital Association and a diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Frye Regional Medical Center is a 355-bed acute care facility located at 420 North Center Street in Hickory.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of Catawba County since 1911.  The hospital’s main campus includes a comprehensive heart center, orthopedics, bariatric surgery, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, restorative care unit, pediatrics, center for neurosciences, cancer center and women’s pavilion.  Frye has several extended campuses to serve families throughout the area, including FryeCare, an outpatient diagnostic facility; Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, Frye Wellness and Education Center, which houses the Center For Diabetes Self-Management Care, perinatal education and community wellness classes; Infusion Care; Piedmont Therapy, offering sports and industrial rehabilitation; South Campus for psychiatric services; Tate Surgery Center; Unifour Pain Treatment Center; Unifour Pulmonology; two urgent care facilities; and Vein and Wound Center.  For employers, Frye provides industrial health services through Hart Industrial Clinic, Oakwood Place an outpatient substance abuse program and our urgent care locations.

Frye Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about the hospital, visit www.fryemedctr.com.