President, Duke Regional Hospital
Katie Galbraith, MBA, FACHE, is President of Duke Regional Hospital. She has a solid track record of building a culture of inclusion and respect through more than 20 years of progressive experience in hospital operations, strategic planning, marketing and corporate communications within a world-class academic health system. Since 2001, she has held various responsibilities at Duke Regional Hospital, from marketing and business development to hospital operations, serving as vice president before being named President in May 2014.
In her role, Galbraith oversees Duke Regional Hospital, a 369-bed community hospital with 17,000 annual admissions and 63,000 annual emergency visits. Duke Regional has a strong tradition of caring for Durham and the surrounding communities and has been part of Duke University Health System since 1998. The hospital has consistently been recognized for excellence in patient care, including achieving Five Stars from CMS in 2019 and 2020.
Prior to joining Duke Regional Hospital, Galbraith was public relations manager for Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. She has also worked in media relations and as a reporter and freelance writer.
Originally from Hyannis Port, Mass., Galbraith earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and an MBA from Elon University. She is board certified in healthcare management as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Galbraith serves on the American Hospital Association’s Section for Maternal and Child Health, the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) Board and as chair of the NCHA Regional Policy Council for the Central Region. She is a member of numerous boards, including North Carolina Center for Nonprofits Board of Directors (Past Chair), Durham Chamber of Commerce Board (Chair); Caring House Board; and Healthy Durham 20/20 Convening Group. She previously served on the North Carolina Hospital Association Policy Development Committee, Elon University Love School of Business Board of Advisors, Durham YMCA Advisory Board and as president of the board for Lincoln Community Health Center. She co-chaired the 2016 Triangle March of Dimes March for Babies and is a member of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development.