J. Gene Faile, FACHE- President
Wake Forest Baptist Health Wilkes Medical Center
J. Gene Faile is an accomplished hospital president, specializing in leading community hospitals to operational and financial success. Over his nearly 30 year career in healthcare leadership, Mr. Faile has led hospitals in several southern states, including Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, and North Carolina. Mr. Faile was recognized for leading in major financial turnarounds while serving as CEO of Glades General Hospital, Belle Glade, Florida, and Northeast Medical Center, Bonham, Texas. As a result of his commitment to the delivery of excellence in patient care, Mr. Faile received the top award in 2001 from Community Health Systems for achieving top scores in quality customer service. In 2006, his expertise in hospital operations and finance was called upon by the Mayor of Shelby County, Tennessee as he was appointed to the “The Blue Ribbon Healthcare Task Force” which was responsible for providing direction for the delivery of trauma center care to the citizens of Memphis, Tennessee.
Mr. Faile is a veteran of the USAF, having served as a healthcare administrative specialist at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Following his military service, Mr. Faile attended the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting. Mr. Faile returned to the University of West Florida to pursue a graduate degree, receiving a Masters of Business Administration.
Mr. Faile is committed to improving his community, being on many local boards and actively involved in several community organizations. Mr. Faile served as the 2015 Chair of the Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Faile led the Wilkes County March of Dimes – March for Babies as the 2014 and 2015 Chair and is Chair-elect for the 2018 campaign. He is an active member of the Wilkes Rotary Club where he is a Paul Harris Fellow. At the State level, Mr. Faile served on the North Carolina Hospital Association Policy Development Committee from, 2014 through 2016. As a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Mr. Faile frequently shares his insight on healthcare leadership with colleges, community organizations, and healthcare professional associations.