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Duke Raleigh Hospital Names New President


Sarah Avery
Sarah Avery
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DURHAM, N.C. – Barbara Griffith, M.D., will be returning to Duke Health to become president of Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Griffith, who currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., had previously been at Duke Regional Hospital as Chief Medical Officer and president and chief financial officer of Durham Emergency Physicians, the medical practice within Duke Regional Hospital's emergency department. 

“Duke Health and North Carolina have always been home,” Griffith said. “It is such a privilege to join the amazing team at Duke Raleigh Hospital when it is growing its footprint in Wake County and opening a beautiful new bed tower, the South Pavilion. I am thrilled that I will soon be a part of it.”

Griffith received her medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is board certified in emergency medicine and has received training in executive health care education at the Wharton School of Business. 
“Dr. Griffith joins us at a critical time when the health system is growing to deliver care to the many thousands of patients who seek out the quality care that we provide,” said William J. Fulkerson, Jr., M.D., executive vice president of Duke University Health System. “Her experience as a leader in safety and quality and as a highly regarded physician whom our providers and staff trust make her a remarkable fit for this role.”  
During the year-long recruitment process, Leigh Bleecker served as interim president of Duke Raleigh Hospital and will return to her role as chief financial officer.  

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