About NCHA

NCHA represents North Carolina’s individual and multi-hospital health systems — teaching, rural, small community, suburban, specialty, and continuing care facilities — providing acute care, rehabilitative, behavioral, psychiatric and veterans’ services.  Our members provide a broad range of services — not just within their walls, but across the continuum and throughout their communities.

We are committed to supporting and serving our members as they work to improve care for their patients and their communities. Since 1918, NCHA has served as a resource for hospitals, health systems, and other stakeholders delivering information and insight, services, support, education, policy, and advocacy. Learn more about NCHA by selecting the menu items below.

NCHA has always been a member-led organization, with five executive leaders during its history.

1938-1941: Russell Rogers, Executive Secretary
1956-1980: Marion Foster, Executive Secretary/Executive Director/CEO/President
1980-1999: Ed McCauley, President
1999-2016: Bill Pully, President
2017-present: Steve Lawler, President & CEO

Hear what our members and partners have to say about our name change to the North Carolina Healthcare Association: Uniting Hospitals, Health Systems and Care Providers for Healthier Communities.

NCHA has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Healthcare nationwide. NCHA was ranked number 46 in the Supplier/Vendor category. The complete list of 150 winners in two categories is available at ModernHealthcare.com/bestplaceslist. 

Historic marker in Greensboro, NC, explaining the beginning of the NC Hospital Association.See NCHA’s Historical Timeline to learn more about the Association’s first 100 years.

On June 2, 1918, in Greensboro, Dr. J.F. Highsmith of Fayetteville proposed that the N.C. Committee on Hospital Standardization, made up of three physicians and three registered nurses, become the North Carolina Hospital Association. The next day, a constitution and bylaws were proposed stating that the objective of the association “shall be the promotion of economy and efficiency in hospital management and the welfare of hospitals and hospital workers in North Carolina.” Active membership required payment of an initiation fee of $3, plus annual dues of $5 per person. The first year, membership included 26 physicians and nurses. Dr. Highsmith served as the first President of the Association, reflective of the fact that most early hospitals in the state were organized by physicians.

Today, NCHA includes a membership of more than 130 hospitals and health systems providing acute care, rehabilitative, behavioral, psychiatric and veterans’ services. In addition, many member health systems include wellness programs, primary care, urgent care, and freestanding emergency care.

Industry consolidation has fundamentally reshaped the landscape of healthcare delivery in our state. As NCHA approached its Centennial year of service to its member hospitals, health systems and care providers, the NCHA Board of Trustees embarked on a process to evaluate the reputation of the association’s brand and chart a course for the future. Their visionary leadership has led to a new name and a new brand for the organization that not only respects our strong history, but is more inclusive and representative of the current and future membership.

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North Carolina Healthcare Association

5440 Wade Park Blvd, Suite 410
Raleigh, NC 27607

Main: 919-677-2400
Fax: 919-677-4200
Mail to: PO Box 4449, Cary, NC 27519-4449

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