Medical Director, Assistant Director at WRMC named


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By Jule Hubbard
Wilkes Journal-Patriot Staff

A new medical director and assistant medical director have been named for the hospitalist program at Wilkes Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Earl Webster is medical director and Dr. Jerry Pinkerton is assistant medical director.

Webster and Pinkerton were introduced at the WRMC Operating Corp. Board of Directors meeting.

Dr. Earl Webster

Webster started at WRMC on Thursday.

Webster had been Chief Hospitalist at Select Specialty Hospital in Winston-Salem, a long term acute care hospital, prior to that since 2007.

He was regional medical director there from August 2010 to the present and also worked at Hospitalist Medicine Physicians (HMP) of Forsyth, HMP of Durham, HMP of Guildford and HMP of Buncombe.

Webster was responsible for selection, orientation and mentoring of site chief hospitalists and physicians.

He specializes in long term acute care and treating chronic critically ill patients.

The Society of Hospital Medicine appointed him a senior fellow in hospital medicine in 2015.

Webster worked in the hospitality industry earlier in his life.

Functions he planned and coordinated included a Hollywood press conference held by Pope John Paul II and a Nancy Reagan fundraising kick off gala for “Just Say No To Drugs”, featuring Elizabeth Taylor, Donna Summer, Frank Sinatra, and other Hollywood notables.

Dr. Jerry Pinkerton

Pinkerton is originally from Wasilla, Alaska, and has a doctor of medicine degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and an undergraduate degree from California Baptist College in Riverside, California.

He completed his residency at Columbia University/Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey. His residency was in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and he is board certified in both.

Pinkerton joined the WRMC staff and began his medical practice at West Wilkes Medical Center in 1993.

He and his wife Doreen have four children: Derek, Josh, Elisa and Randi.

Derek graduated from UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine and is completing a residency at Indiana University. Josh is the head of counselors at Pondo Christian Camp in Running Springs, California. Elisa is a sophomore at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC and Randi is a senior at Wilkes Central High School.

Pinkerton has been on multiple medical mission trips to Honduras and Peru.

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