Van Smith, President of The Outer Banks Hospital, has submitted his resignation, effective January 1, 2011, to accept a leadership position with Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, North Carolina.

Smith, who holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama - Birmingham, has more than fifteen years of progressive health care leadership experience. He spent the first ten years of his career with Carolina Health Systems in a variety of leadership roles and his last five years leading The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head. Under his leadership, the hospital has grown significantly, adding personnel, physicians, and expanding service lines. During that time the hospital has also been recognized nationally for quality, service, and operational performance.

“We are grateful for the goals Van has achieved during his five years of superior leadership,” said Bobby Owens, Chairman of the Board of The Outer Banks Hospital. Owens added that a search committee will begin the recruitment process. In the interim, an interim administrator will be appointed to assist the leadership team with day-to-day operations and facilitate a smooth transition.

Smith will be assuming the position of Senior Vice President at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. In this role, he will oversee operations of the East Carolina Heart Institute, cardiovascular, emergency, and adult medical services. “It was a difficult decision,” said Smith, who has been with the hospital since January 2006. “It has been an honor to work with this group of dedicated professionals. They continually impress me with their commitment to quality care and patient safety. I am proud to have served with them. Going forward, this community will continue to be well-served by The Outer Banks Hospital. It has a very bright future.”