Tyler & Company and FirstHealth of the Carolinas announce a new CEO

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Tyler & Company and FirstHealth of the Carolinas announce a new CEO

PHILADELPHIA– Tyler & Company placed FirstHealth of the Carolinas new chief executive officer, Mickey W. Foster.

As the new CEO of FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Foster will direct all functions of the organization in keeping with the overall policies established by the board of directors and in compliance with regulatory guidelines, so that the strategic objectives of the organization can be attained. Foster will provide leadership and direction in ensuring the efficient, economic and effective utilization of system resources to meet the identified needs of the service region through quality medical care and health-service programs.

Foster will succeed David Kilarski who is retiring in July 2019. Kilarski was placed at FirstHealth by Tyler & Company in 2011. Under his leadership, FirstHealth of the Carolinas system was recognized at both a state and national level for consistent, high-quality patient safety and patient satisfaction rankings. Foster’s first day will be July 8, 2019.

“It has been both a pleasure and an honor to partner again with the board leadership at FirstHealth to select a CEO to succeed Dave Kilarski.  The communities served by this fine health system are fortunate to have such a dedicated team of clinicians, staff and volunteers who work together to improve the health of the population. The Village of Pinehurst as well as the surrounding counties clearly benefit from the contributions of the fine medical services that are collaboratively offered,” said Dennis Kain, senior vice president of Tyler & Company.

“Mickey Foster’s knowledge of the service area provides him with an emotional jump-start as he looks to continue Dave Kilarski’s collaborative approach,” said Kain.  

Before accepting the CEO position at FirstHealth, Foster was the president of Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and senior vice president for Cone Health in Greensboro for over five years. Prior to that, he worked at Duke Raleigh Hospital in Greensboro oversaw a behavioral health hospital and cancer center before taking his current post.

Foster has more than 25 years of healthcare executive experience, including leadership roles in community hospitals, academic medical centers and multi-hospital systems. He was also the president of Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville and was a hospital executive in Henderson.

“FirstHealth is an exceptional healthcare organization and we are excited about the recruitment of Mickey Foster to be the next CEO. Mickey has an extensive background and I am confident he is the right candidate to lead FirstHealth of the Carolinas,” said Preston Smith, president of Tyler & Company.

Foster received his Bachelor of Science in Community Health from East Carolina University in Greenville and earned his Master of Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant Michigan.

“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.”

Tyler & Company is a full-service retained executive search firm specializing in recruiting top talent for healthcare, academic medicine and life sciences. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, the firm’s mission is to provide personalized, high-touch service through experienced and dedicated consultants and vice presidents. Tyler & Company is part of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies. For more information, please visit tylerandco.com.


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