After serving as the Chief Executive Officer and Public Health Director of the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) for 38 years, Dr. William F. Pilkington plans to leave his role at Cabarrus Health Alliance and begin a new career as a health care management consultant beginning the first of October. This new role will allow him to continue his passion to identify and address health care gaps experienced by some of the state’s most vulnerable populations.
“Under his leadership and guidance, CHA has not only transformed as an organization, but changed the role of public health nationally and created a new model and direction for public health in the future,” said James T. Mack, Cabarrus County Public Health Authority Board of Commissioners Chairman.
Dr. Pilkington’s vision for continued public health innovation made CHA North Carolina’s first health department to provide a school nurse in every school; the first to become nationally accredited; and the first to become an autonomous public health authority.
“It has been a privilege and an honor to work with the very best public health staff in the nation for almost four decades. I will always be grateful for the health improvements they have achieved and thank all of them for allowing me to share in their accomplishments,” said Dr. Pilkington.
“I am truly going to miss him as the CEO of Cabarrus Health Alliance, but more importantly, I am going to miss the kindness and understanding that he has shown me and many other employees over the years,” said Cynthia Wise, CHA Clinic Staff. “I feel extremely honored to have gotten to work alongside him for the past 20 years.”
The Cabarrus County Public Health Authority Board of Commissioners has appointed Erin Shoe, MPH, current Chief Operating Officer, as interim Chief Executive Officer and acting Public Health Director beginning October 2019.