Danville Regional Medical Center Promotes Leslie Smith to Assistant Administrator

April 29, 2015

Veteran hospital employee joins senior leadership team

Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) announced today that Leslie Scott Smith has been promoted to assistant administrator, effective May 1. In her new role, Smith, who has served DRMC for 22 years, will support the chief executive officer (CEO) and other senior leaders in the strategic planning and organizational operations of the hospital. She will oversee multiple departments and provide administrative leadership to operational initiatives pertaining to quality and patient safety, constituency satisfaction, and performance improvement.

“Leslie has been a tremendous asset to Danville Regional Medical Center since she joined the organization more than two decades ago, and we are thrilled to recognize her hard work and commitment with this well-deserved promotion,” said Jerry Dooley, interim CEO of DRMC. “She has demonstrated exceptional leadership and developed a deep understanding of hospital operations through the years. We look forward to the continued impact she will have as a member of the senior leadership team.”

As assistant administrator, Smith also will participate in leadership development and training opportunities to prepare for future growth and advancement as a hospital executive.

Smith most recently served DRMC as market director for communications for LifePoint Hospitals® south-central Virginia market, which includes DRMC and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County. In that role, she developed and managed all internal and external communications, including the development and implementation of an integrated regional communications strategy. Additionally, she supported the hospital’s marketing, community relations, legislative and business functions while also working to enhance employee engagement and increase awareness among all constituents.

“Leslie has been a vital part of building and enhancing the hospital’s presence and reputation across the region,” said George Daniel, chairman of the DRMC board of trustees. “She has successfully developed and maintained strong relationships with employees, physicians and members of the Danville community and will no doubt continue to be an influential leader in her new role. We are grateful to Leslie for her service to the hospital and our community.”

Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., and a Master of Science in Health Care Management degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. She is actively involved in the community and currently serves on the boards of directors for Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia, the Danville Family YMCA, Middle Border Forward (MBF), and the Virginia State ACT Council. She also is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a Fellow of MBF, and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.