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Angel Medical Center CEO Retires

Lilly Knoepp
The current Angel Medical Center sits in downtown Franklin.

Angel Medical Center CEO Karen Gorby is retiring. Gorby also served as the Chief Nursing Officer for the Macon County hospital which is part of the Mission Health System.

Credit Courtesy of HCA
CEO/CNO Karen Gorby announces her retirement after four decades in health.

Gorby’s career in healthcare  has spanned four decades, according to an announcement from Dr. Timothy Layman, director of Hospital Clinical Operations.

Layman will be the interim CEO/CNO at Angel Medical Center until a new CEO is chosen.

Gorby served as CEO/CNO since February 2016.She was in charge of the hospital in 2017 when Angel was purchased by Mission Hospital. Then she stayed onboard in 2019 as Mission Health System was purchased by HCA Healthcare.

Layman lists her accomplishments as a prioritization of hiring clinical staff, growing hospital services, and leading the construction of the new Angel Medical Center facility.

The new Franklin hospital is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.

Lilly Knoepp is Senior Regional Reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio. She has served as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina since 2018. She is from Franklin, NC. She returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.
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