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Published on July 28, 2022

UNC Lenoir Health Care Announces Passing of Long-Time CEO Gary Black


UNC Lenoir Health Care is saddened to announce that long-time CEO, Gary Black, died suddenly this morning in Raleigh. Gary came to Lenoir Memorial Hospital in 1985 as its Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to President and CEO in 1992. He retired from LMH/UNC Lenoir Health Care in June 2018.

During Mr. Black’s 32-year tenure as CEO, he led the hospital’s transition from a county-owned facility to a private, not-for-profit, independent hospital. In 2016 he oversaw the beginning of a management affiliation with the UNC Health Care System.

Through the years Lenoir Memorial Hospital/UNC Lenoir Health Care evolved into a successful high-quality, patient-centered, financially sound institution, serving the health needs of the citizens of Kinston and Lenoir County. He was respected and loved by his hospital family and the community.

Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time but will be forthcoming. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Maggie and their family.