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Carpenter moves from board chair to counsel's office

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Walter C. Carpenter has moved from the chair’s seat to the general counsel’s office at Pardee Hospital.
Carpenter, a board member since 2011, opened the regular meeting of the directors by announcing his resignation as chair and board member and appointment as general counsel.
“I wasn’t looking for that job. I didn’t even think about it,” he said, describing his first reaction when Pardee CEO James M. “Jay” Kirby II approached him about the position. After talking to his wife, Carpenter decided he’d be receptive.
“So I came back and I told Jay that I did have an interest and he has made me an offer and I’m going to accept that,” he said.

After accepting a plaque of appreciation, Carpenter walked out of he board room, leaving the directors with the task of choosing the new leader. There was no suspense.
BillMedinaDr. Bill Medina was elected chair of the Pardee Hospital Board of Directors.The board elected vice chair Bill Medina as chair and Jack Summey as vice chair.
“We are thrilled to welcome an attorney with Walter Carpenter’s experience and longevity in our community to the Pardee team,” Kirby said in a statement. “Walter knows and understands Pardee and is well suited to assist our organization in navigating the changing regulatory environment that is present in health care today.”
Carpenter earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his law degree from Mercer University School of Law. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 601.
As general counsel, he will provide counsel on legal matters, provider compensation and offer strategic counsel regarding future growth and expansion. Sharon Alexander will continue to serve as counsel to the board.