The FirstHealth of the Carolinas Board of Directors have selected Mickey W. Foster as the health system’s new CEO.
Foster,47, is currently the president of Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and senior vice president for Cone Health in Greensboro, a position he has held since 2014.
He has more than 25 years of healthcare executive experience including leadership roles in community hospitals, academic medical centers and multi-hospital systems.
“We were able to attract top-notch candidates from across the country but we found our new leader right here in North Carolina,” said Carolyn Helms, chair of the FirstHealth Board of Directors. “His proven track record and extensive experience made him the ideal candidate to lead an integrated and complex health system such as FirstHealth of the Carolinas.”
Prior to his current position, Foster served Cone Health as president of Annie Penn Hospital (Reidsville) and senior vice president of hospital operations. This role included responsibility for the operations of a Behavioral Health Hospital and the Cone Health Cancer Center, in addition to Annie Penn.
His prior experience also includes executive positions with Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson, North Carolina and Duke Raleigh Hospital.
“I’m honored and humbled to be FirstHealth’s next CEO,” said Foster. “I thank the members of the FirstHealth Board for their confidence in me and I look forward to contributing to the continued success of FirstHealth. I also thank the leadership and staff of Cone Health for the opportunities they provided me during my career with them. I will always remember the lessons they taught me about leadership and commitment to serving our patients and communities.”
Foster, his wife, Tammy, and their daughter, Ally, are excited about relocating to the Sandhills.