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Joseph G. Piemont, JD

Joseph G. Piemont, JD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management

Joseph Piemont (Joe) is a C-suite leader, effective Board Director and management team partner, accomplished in all facets of integrated healthcare system strategy, development and operations. He built and led one of the nation’s largest public, not-for-profit healthcare and regional patient care systems, creating an $8.7B market leader. Leveraging more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, Joe is most known for his ability to produce high performance results - financially, clinically, and culturally, with a strong focus and commitment to transforming healthcare delivery and care management. Joe brings long-term knowledge of the changing healthcare industry and patient needs, he has navigated growth and downturn markets maximizing business value and team potential to meet the highest patient quality and care standards.

Most recently, Joe served as President and COO at Carolinas Healthcare System (“CHS”), from 2007-2015. He was promoted from earlier Business Development, division President and General Counsel roles, which he held with CHS. Throughout his tenure, Joe drove regional growth principally across North and South Carolina, extending into Georgia. He transformed this enterprise, designing and implementing innovative business strategy and applying business models that enabled system affiliation with providers across the three states. He led growth initiatives taking the organization from 13 owned, managed or leased hospitals in 1997, to one of the largest healthcare systems in the nation by 2015, with 900+ care centers and close to $9B in net annual operating revenue. Under his leadership, the organization built and scaled operations accommodating more than 11M patient encounters per year, 2M+ active primary care patients and 60K teammates. CHS also delivered annual charity care and community benefits approximating $1.6B.

Joe built his healthcare leadership expertise in earlier roles with Coastal Physician Group, Inc., where he progressed to President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director, from Executive Vice President, Administration and General Counsel. He was appointed by, and reported to, the Board of Directors, leading turnaround efforts during crisis at this publicly-traded company. Earlier in his career, Joe worked in banking and the legal profession with AMRESCO Holdings, Inc., as General Counsel and Secretary, NationsBank of Texas, N.A., as Associate General Counsel, Bluestone Management Corporation, as Managing Director and Associate, and Cannon & Blair, P. A., as Associate Attorney and of Counsel.

Since 1996, Joe has served in multiple Board of Director roles for corporate and not-for-profit entities, including Board Director for publicly-traded Coastal Physician Group and a number of community organizations including the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, World Affairs Council Charlotte, and The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

Joe received his JD from Emory University School of Law and his BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. His career took him to Texas and the Southeastern United States, and Joe currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

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