Friday, 08 February 2019 10:50

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce hosts Healthcare Summit featuring CEO’s of Regional Providers

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce will host a Regional Healthcare Summit featuring the CEO’s of Atrium Health University City, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, and Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center. The event will take place Thursday, February 21 from 11:45 am to 2:00 pm at Northstone Country Club located at 15801 Northstone Drive in Huntersville.

The event features William H. “Bill” Leonard – President, Atrium Health University City; Stephen “Steve” Midkiff – CEO, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center; and Michael Preston Riley – President, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center. Presented by MSC Industrial Supply in Davidson, the Summit will be emceed by 2018 Lake Norman Chamber Board Chair Joshua Dobi.

Bill Russell, President & CEO of the Lake Norman Chamber states, “Perhaps no single bigger human resource issue faces our small and corporate business community, than the cost of healthcare for our employees. The purpose of this summit is to allow those who attend access to our regional healthcare provider CEO’s to ask questions about this critical topic.” While the chamber has preset questions, attendees will be encouraged to engage in an interactive discussion.

The cost to attend is $25 for chamber members and $35 for nonmembers and includes lunch. You can register by calling the chamber at 704-892-1922 or by clicking the "Buy Now" button below. Sponsors include Business Today / Cornelius Today and WSIC 107 FM / 105.9 FM.

About our Speakers:

Leonard BillWilliam H. “Bill” Leonard – President, Atrium Health University City

Bill is President of Atrium Health University City, a full-service acute care hospital which includes Atrium Health Huntersville. He has served as President since July of 2010. He was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Union Hospital District from 2006 until July 2010.

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Bill received his A.B. in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill and his M.H.A. from Duke University.

Bill has served as president of 4 hospitals and held numerous health care leadership roles beginning in the last millennium.

He is active in the community and currently serves on the boards of University City Partners, MeckEd and is the co -founder of “Strokes for Spokes” wheelchair tennis event in support of Atrium Health Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program.


Stephen “Steve” Midkiff – CEO, Lake Norman Regional Medical CenterMidkiff

Stephen “Steve” Midkiff has been the CEO of Lake Norman Regional Medical Center since June, 2013. His health care career includes more than 18 years of experience as the CEO of various hospitals across the country to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. He also served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Health Management Associates for 15 years. HMA provided services to 71 hospitals for approximately 11,000 licensed beds throughout 15 states with 42,000 employees. He has most recently served as the 2018 Chairman of the Board for the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Preston Riley – President, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center

Mike Riley rMike Riley is the President of Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center. He has served in this role since July of 2015. While in this position he has facilitated incredible growth at the hospital. Bed capacity has expanded from 75 to 91 since 2015 and Mr. Riley is currently overseeing a 48 bed vertical expansion at the hospital to accommodate the community need.

Mike has been in healthcare in various capacities for 24 years. He started his career as a registered nurse and continues to be licensed as an RN. He began working at Novant Health in 1999 where he worked as a cardiac staff nurse. He quickly moved up the nursing ranks serving as a Clinical Coordinator, House Supervisor, Nurse Manager, and Director of Nursing. Early in his career, prior to working at Novant Health, Mike worked as a Nursing Assistant, a Mental Health Technician and a Mental Health Case Manager.

Mike holds the following degrees: Master of Business Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration from Pfeiffer University, an Associate Degree in Nursing from Wake Technical Community College, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in English from North Carolina State University.

Mr. Riley and his wife Wendy reside in Waxhaw with their four children – Corrie 20, Julia 16, Jordan 15 and Jack 14. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, and coaching youth teams.


The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce serves the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community since 1987.

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