WCCH Anounces new CEO, Chad Melton

February 16, 2015

Wythe County Community announced that Chad Melton has been named chief executive officer (CEO), effective March 2, 2015. Melton assumes the top leadership role at the hospital from Roy Vinson, who has served as interim CEO since September 2014.

“Chad brings exceptional leadership skills and a proven track record in operating community hospitals to WCCH,” said Victor Giovanetti, chief operating officer for LifePoint Hospitals’ Eastern Group. “He has demonstrated great success in physician recruiting, improving operational and financial performance, developing new service lines, overseeing expansion projects and exceeding standards of quality in each of his previous facilities. We look forward to the many contributions he will make at WCCH and in the Wythe County community.” 

Melton comes to WCCH after six years with LHP Hospital Group Inc., a joint venture partner and hospital operator in Plano, Texas, where he served as director of operations. During his tenure with LHP Hospital Group, Melton was responsible for leading operations at LHP’s five acute care facilities in Texas, Florida, Idaho and New Jersey. He oversaw the opening and operations of a 128-bed acute care hospital in Westwood, New Jersey, a $150 million dollar project that was the first new hospital in the state in 35 years. He led the hospital team in meeting The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval within two weeks of opening and in obtaining Joint Center and Stroke Center of Excellence designations. Melton also successfully recruited more than 600 physicians of various disciplines to the community. Most recently, he served as CEO at Hackensack UMC at Pascack Valley, a hospital that partnered with LHP Hospital Group.

Previously, Melton was assistant administrator at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where he was responsible for the operational performance of a 255-bed, acute care facility with annual operating revenue of $250 million, 900 employees and 200 active medical staff members. 

“We are excited to welcome Chad to our hospital and to Wythe County,” said Sam Jones, chairman of WCCH Board of Directors. “Chad’s many years of experience in business development and hospital operations will be valuable to our community as we continue the success and growth of our hospital.”

Melton has been active in community and outreach activities. He has served on boards and councils including Rotary, United Way and American Heart Association, and is currently involved in organizations including March of Dimes, Dominican College, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He received the NJBIZ Good Neighbor Hospital Award in 2014. He also was recognized in 201 Magazine as “19 People to Watch in Healthcare.” Other recognitions include NJBIZ 40 under 40 Award Winner, and Becker’s Hospital Review’s “300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.”

Melton earned his Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and his Master of Health Care Administration from Texas State University in San Marcos.