Eugene Woods, MBA, MHA of Atrium Health

Eugene A. Woods, MBA, MHA, FACHE

Eugene A. Woods, MBA, MHA, FACHE, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Atrium Health, one of the largest non- profit and leading academic health systems in the United States, with over 70,000 teammates serving patients at 40 hospitals and more than 1,400 care locations across five states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Atrium Health provides care under the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist name in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as well as Atrium Health Navicent and Atrium Health Floyd in Georgia and Alabama.

Woods joined Atrium Health in April 2016, and, during his tenure, Atrium Health has been recognized as one of the Best Employers for Diversity, for new grads and for Women by Forbes; number one on the list of Best Places to Work for Women & Diverse Managers by DiversityMBA; one of the 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Healthcare; and the number one military-friendly employer in the country. In addition, the organization has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Leapfrog Group and the American Nurses Credentialing Center as among the very best in the nation and was honored by the American Hospital Association with the Equity of Care Award and one of the first-ever Quest for Quality honors for its Rehabilitation Hospital. Atrium Health was also recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a CMS Health Equity Award recipient for its dedication to health equity by reducing disparities and enabling communities to achieve the highest level of health.

One of today’s most prominent leaders in healthcare, Woods served as chairman of the American Hospital Association board of trustees in 2017 and is currently chair of the Nominating Committee as well as a member of the Health, Strategy and Innovation Committee. Woods has also served as a member of The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council and currently serves on the Becker’s Healthcare’s Advisory Board, Scottsdale Institute’s Board of Directors, the board of Best Buy, and the Executive Committee of the Healthcare Leadership Council. Additionally, Woods is chair of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the upcoming vice chair of the 2022 Conference of Chairs executive committee for the Bank. Woods also was appointed to the North Carolina Council for Health Care Coverage and the North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Economic Recovery Task Force. And, most recently, the Governor’s Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental and Health Equity Task Force to help address disparities in communities of color that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Woods has 30 years of healthcare leadership experience, and his career is decorated with many honors, including his most recent recognitions as #4 of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare – as well as being one of only five “Luminaries,” honored for their career-defining work in reshaping the industry – by Modern Healthcare. Recently, he was recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense with the highly regarded Patriot Award for supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Forces. He has also been named as the Charlotte Post Foundation’s 2022 Luminary Award honoree; the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2021 Most Admired CEO and one of 50 Newsmakers of the Year; Healthcare Pioneer for Black History Month 2021 by Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission; the recipient of the Whitney M. Young Jr. award for service to the state of North Carolina by the Urban League of Central Carolinas; the recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2020 Business Person of the Year; the 2020 Distinguished 400 Award recipient by the 400 Years of African American History Commission; one of the 50 Great African American Leaders, as well as one of the 100 Great Leaders in Healthcare by Becker’s Healthcare; one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine; one of the Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise; one of the Most Admired CEOs of 2018 by the Charlotte Business Journal; one of the 2019 Power 100 honorees by Business North Carolina; Senior Executive of the Year by the National Association of Health Service Executives; and Alumni of the Year by the Pennsylvania State University. .

Woods holds three degrees from Pennsylvania State University: a bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration, a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in health administration.

Updated January 2022

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