NHRMC Board of Trustees

  • Rhonda Amoroso, JD 
  • John R. (Rod) Andrew
  • Barbara Biehner
  • Kevin Cannon, MD, Ex Officio - Medical Staff President 
  • Dana Cook
  • Robert Cortina, MD (Guest - Ex Officio - Medical Staff President - Elect)
  • Steve Crawford, MD, Ex Officio - Immediate Past Medical Staff President  
  • Heather Davis, DO, Ex-Officio - Pender Memorial Hospital Medical Staff President 
  • Brian Eckel
  • Jerome Fennell
  • Robert Greer
  • Richard McGraw
  • John S. Pace, MD
  • Howard Rockness
  • Jason Thompson
  • Skip Watkins, Ex Officio - New Hanover County Commissioner
  • Mike Wilkinson
  • David Williams, Ex Officio - Pender Memorial Hospital Board

Officers and Executive Committee Members

  • Chairman, Richard McGraw 
  • Vice Chairman, Robert Greer 
  • Treasurer, Howard Rockness 
  • Secretary, Mike Wilkinson 
  • NHC Commissioner Representative, Skip Watkins 
  • Member at Large, Dr. John S. Pace 
  • Member at Large, Jason Thompson 
  • Medical Staff President, Dr. Kevin Cannon

Affiliated Organizations

  • NHRMC Foundation Liaison, Dr. John S. Pace
  • Home Health Board, Barbara Biehner
  • Pender Memorial Hospital Board, Barbara Biehner
  • Pender Memorial Hospital Board, David Williams 
  • Pender Memorial Hospital Board, Medical Staff President, Dr. Heather Davis

PMH Board of Trustees

  • Linwood Meadows, Chair 
  • Jane Kirk, Secretary
  • Heather Davis, DO, Chief of Staff 
  • Donnie Brown
  • Brian Eckel
  • Robert Kilroy
  • Bernadette Silivanch
  • David Williams
  • Barbara Biehner
  • Louis Davis
  • Christopher Sikes


NHRMC President and CEO

John Gizdic PQPJohn Gizdic has played a vital role in supporting the improvement of patient care and growth of NHRMC. During his tenure, he led or directed several key initiatives including creating the physician network that became NHRMC Physicians Group; leading Physician Quality Partners, the organization’s Accountable Care Organization; facilitating numerous joint ventures in partnership with physicians, and spearheading an organization-wide effort to improve efficiencies - leading to an $100 million operational improvement in four years.

John came to NHRMC in 2005 as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development. He assumed the title of Chief Operating Officer in 2013. He became NHRMC President in 2016 and officially became CEO in 2017. Before joining NHRMC, he worked 14 years in various roles within Carolinas HealthCare System, the last of which was Vice President of Operations at Carolinas HealthCare System - Blue Ridge in Morganton, N.C.

Throughout his time at NHRMC, John has been active in the community in various roles, to include Second Vice President on the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board, member of the Cape Fear Future Board, Chairman of the N.C. Center for Affordable Health Care, member of the N.C. Hospital Association’s Policy Development Committee and 2016 Honorary Chairman of Relay for Life of Wilmington. He is the Chairman for the 2017 Cape Fear Heart Walk. 

NHRMC CEO Emeritus

BARTO_JACK 001_webJack Barto has led a remarkable change in how healthcare services are delivered in this community. Today, under his leadership, the emphasis is on a culture of Service Excellence, which means the primary focus of everything the medical center does centers on the patient. His implementation of Lean methodology has created a workforce of problem-solvers that consistently improve efficiency and remove waste - all to the benefit of the patient.

Shortly after beginning at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in 2004, Jack partnered with the Board of Trustees to develop a strategic plan for the region’s next generation of health care. The plan included the construction of the new Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital, a new Surgical Pavilion, and the renovation of the patient tower to create private patient rooms with an emphasis on family-centered care. This project is enhancing New Hanover Regional’s role as the region’s specialty healthcare provider and as corporate neighbor that generates more than $1 billion annually to the New Hanover County economy. 

Jack has more than 25 years of healthcare administration experience. The Pittsburgh native graduated from Notre Dame University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Communication, and received his Master’s in Health Administration from George Washington University in 1979.