Bill Bedsole, SAHA's Chief Executive Officer, joined SAHA in August 2011. Bedsole’s career in healthcare has spanned over 32 years, having gotten his start on the finance side as Controller at Halifax Regional Medical Center back in 1983. Bedsole left Halifax in 1987 to accept the position of Chief Financial Officer at what is now Vidant Beaufort Hospital in “little” Washington, NC. He remained in that role until he was named the Chief Executive Officer at the hospital in 2001, a position he held until 2010.
Bedsole holds a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration from Pfeiffer University. He holds fellowship status with both the American College of Healthcare Executives and with the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Hospital Association where he also served on the NCHA Policy Development Committee. Bedsole served as a member of the NC State Health Coordinating Council from 2006 through 2012, having been appointed by Governor Easley in 2006 and then reappointed by Governor Perdue in 2009.
Bedsole is also an active member of the North Carolina Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He received the William G. Follmer Bronze Merit Award in 1996, the Robert H. Reeves Silver Merit Award in 1999, the John H. Ketner Award for Outstanding Chapter Service in 2000, the Frederick T. Muncie Gold Merit Award in 2004, and the Founders Medal of Honor in 2008. He served on the Board of Directors for the Chapter from 1996 – 2000. Bedsole was then elected as an officer of the Chapter in 2012, and currently serves as President-elect.
Swati Bhardwaj joined SAHA in August 2007 as a Project Manager and currently serves as the Director of Operations for SAHA. In this role, Swati provides day to day oversight and support for SAHA staff while serving as a networking liaison for SAHA members.
Swati also chairs several SAHA teams involving a variety of initiatives, exploring both educational and cost saving opportunities for the membership. Some of the teams Swati is currently working with include the SAHA CNO team, Pharmacy, Case Management, Business Office, Quality and Patient Safety teams.
Swati has an M.H.A from The Ohio State University and also a Master's degree in Microbiology. Her previous work experience includes working as a consultant on various process and quality improvement initiatives in a variety of healthcare settings. She has worked extensively on projects related to patient satisfaction and outcomes improvement. In addition to this she also ran the registration department at a community hospital and was closely involved with the business office operations.
Swati is a certified Master trainer for TeamSTEPPS and recently earned her Green Belt certification in Lean Training. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum of North Carolina (THEF) as well as the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). Swati also serves on the Board of the North Carolina Association for Healthcare Quality (NCAHQ).
Swati is also a member of the North Carolina HFMA and was recently credentialed as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), a professional certification sponsored by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).Read more...
Erica Nelson joined SAHA in June of 2017 as Strategic Services Specialist. In this role, Erica uses member feedback and her extensive experience with healthcare and business policy, professional relationship building, and project management to build the SAHA College curriculum.
SAHA College courses offer SAHA members enjoyable educational experiences strategically designed to maximize success in today’s dynamic healthcare environment. Erica facilitates several SAHA teams, providing physical or virtual space and support for various departmental leaders of SAHA member hospitals to identify shared issues and implement shared solutions with peers. Some of the teams Erica is currently working with include the SAHA Emergency Department, Education, Radiology, Operating Room and Rehabilitation teams. She also manages the SAHA website.
Erica earned a Master of Science in Public Health Policy and Management (MSPH) as well as Bachelor degrees in both Communication Studies and Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Erica’s career in healthcare spans over 17 years, beginning with facilitation of a private pediatric urology office’s transition to digital record keeping in 2000. Prior to attaining her graduate degree, Erica also held clinical and research positions at UNC Hospitals. Over the last six years, Erica worked as Director of Health Policy for the North Carolina Hospital Association and as contract lobbyist for the North Carolina Association of Community Mental Health, Developmental Disability and Substance Abuse Programs (the association representing North Carolina’s Local Management Entities or LMEs.) She successfully negotiated with state-level government officials and associated interest groups to advance health and business policies strategically designed to smooth the path for North Carolina’s hospitals and other healthcare providers to achieve the shared mission of keeping North Carolinians well and productive.
Cindy Nobling is the Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office Manager for SAHA. She joined SAHA in March 2006. Prior to joining SAHA, Cindy worked in the operations and human resources departments at First Citizens Bank. She has extensive experience in planning and directing executive level administrative affairs.
Cindy's current responsibilities include communications to the SAHA Board, Executive Committee and Finance Committee and she serves as the recording secretary for the SAHA Board of Directors. Cindy manages team meeting schedules and coordinates all on and off-site executive meetings. She also serves on the Board of the North Carolina Healthcare Administrative Professionals (NCHAP) as the Immediate Past President and is currently the Membership Chair as well as serving on other various committees.
Cindy keeps operations running smoothly to enhance the success of our team.