Novant Health Coastal Board of Managers
Note: Individuals are Community Managers unless otherwise noted.
- Neal Beard, MD, Physician Manager
- Thomas Bellamy, Brunswick Manager
- Barb Biehner
- Dana Cook
- Brian Eckel, At-large Manager
Heather Davis, Physician Manager
- Jerome Fennell
- Michael Jaskolka, MD, DDS, Physician Manager
- Poonam Kahlon
- Mitch Lamm
- Tracey Newkirk
- John Pace, MD
- Howard Rockness
- Bill Smith, MD, CHA Manager
- Mike Steiner, MD, MPH, UNC Manager
- Jason Thompson, At-large Manager
Shelbourn Stevens, president of NHRMC and the Coastal Market
Shelbourn Stevens also oversees Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center and Pender Memorial Hospital.
During his 30-year tenure with Novant Health, he has worked in a wide variety of departments and held numerous leadership roles, including president and chief operating officer of Brunswick Medical Center for many years. Stevens played an integral part in the transition from the original Brunswick Community Hospital to its new, state-of-the-art facility in 2011.
Stevens is accountable for the market along with having other systemwide responsibilities across Novant Health.
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John Gizdic is executive vice president and chief business development officer for Novant Health.
He is responsible for the development of Novant Health’s eastern market and the corporate areas
of integration, business development and sales, corporate health, and public safety.
Prior to joining Novant Health in 2021, Gizdic was president and CEO of New Hanover Regional
Medical Center (NHRMC). He played a vital role in supporting growth and the improvement of
patient care at NHRMC. Gizdic led several key initiatives, including the creation of the physician
network that became the NHRMC Physician Group. He led Physician Quality Partners, the
organization’s accountable care organization; facilitated numerous joint ventures in partnership
with physicians, overseeing approximately $1 billion in capital projects; and spearheaded an effort
across the organization to improve quality, safety and efficiencies through lean continuous
Prior to joining NHRMC, Gizdic was with Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS). Throughout his 14
year tenure, he served as vice president of administration and strategic services for Blue Ridge
Health Care System, director of the CHS Management Company, and worked in financial operations
for Mercy Hospitals.
Gizdic holds a bachelor’s degree in health policy and administration from Pennsylvania State
University and Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration from
He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently serves as chair of
the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) board of trustees. He has previously served as
chair for various groups, including the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Chamber
Foundation/Cape Fear Future Foundation board and NCHA policy development committee. He also
served as the honorary chair for the 2016 Relay for Life of Wilmington and as chair for the 2017
Cape Fear Heart Walk.