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DURHAM, N.C. -- Katie Galbraith, MBA, has been named president of Duke Regional Hospital, effective May 1, 2014. She has served as Duke Regional’s interim president since Sept. 30, 2013, and formerly served as the hospital’s vice president.

A seasoned health care executive, Galbraith has held various posts at Duke Regional since 2001, from marketing and business development to hospital operations. She was part of the leadership team overseeing the 2013 renaming of Durham Regional Hospital to Duke Regional Hospital, which reflects the hospital’s role within Duke University Health System.

“I am honored to lead the dedicated team of physicians, staff and volunteers at Duke Regional Hospital who strive to provide the best possible care to our patients each day,” Galbraith said. “Duke Regional’s vision is to become the best community hospital in North Carolina, and we are committed to serving our community while offering our patients the expertise and quality of Duke’s health system.”

In addition to her work at Duke Regional, Galbraith served as the president of the board of directors of Lincoln Community Health Center from 2010-2013. Galbraith was the public relations manager for Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center prior to joining Duke Regional, and has also worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer.

Galbraith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and an MBA degree from Elon University. She is a member of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Galbraith succeeds Kerry Watson, who left Duke Regional in 2013 after a decade of leadership within the Duke University Health System.

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