Duke LifePoint closes N.C. buy, names interim CEO

Duke LifePoint Healthcare has turned to industry veteran Jerry Dooley to be interim CEO of Wilson Medical Center in North Carolina. Dooley, who has repeatedly filled a similar role for LifePoint in recent years, replaces Rick Hudson, who has retired following the completion of Duke LifePoint's acquisition of 80 percent of Wilson Medical. Wilson Medical has initiated a national search process for a permanent CEO.

"We are confident that Jerry can successfully lead the transition for Wilson Medical Center as it becomes part of Duke LifePoint's network of hospitals," Bill Carpenter, chairman and CEO of LifePoint, said in a release. "He is a seasoned hospital executive who will be a great addition to the Wilson team until a permanent CEO is named."

The Wilson Medical deal brings Duke LifePoint's North Carolina network of holdings to five. The joint venture has committed to a minimum of $120 million in capital investments at the hospital, east of Raleigh, over the next decade.