Novant Health physician executive laid off

Philip Brown, MD, physician at Wilmington, N.C.-based Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center, has been let go from his position by the health system, NBC affiliate WECT reported Jan. 25. 

Dr. Brown, a vascular surgeon, has served as the hospital's chief physician executive, chief of staff and most recently, chief community impact officer. He was also the former president of the North Carolina Medical Society. 

"As of Monday, January 23, I am no longer employed by Novant Health," Dr. Brown told WECT. "My role as chief community impact officer was eliminated by a systemwide reduction."

Dr. Brown took the role of chief community impact officer when the hospital was purchased by Novant Health in 2021. 

"We appreciate Dr. Brown's contributions to the organization and wish him the best," a Novant Health spokesperson told the news outlet. "We remain committed to advancing our health equity work in the Wilmington area, utilizing other team members."

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