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Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital Leadership

Stephanie Boynton, FACHE
Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital and Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital

Photo of Stephanie BoyntonStephanie Boynton has worked in the medical profession for more than twenty years. She holds a MBA in Healthcare Administration. Stephanie currently serves as VP/CEO of the system’s critical access hospitals, Erlanger Bledsoe in Pikeville, TN, which also includes Sequatchie Valley Emergency Department in Dunlap, TN, and Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital in Murphy, NC.

Her past roles include Administrator and Chief Financial Officer for Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital and Bledsoe County Nursing Home, as well as Interim CEO for Erlanger Murphy Medical Center. Stephanie is a Fellow of the American College Healthcare Executives and is currently serving as the Chairman of the THA Small and Rural Constituency. She is also serving on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Hospital Association. Stephanie serves on numerous other boards and committees in her home town.


Teresa Bowleg, MSN, RN
Director of Operations and Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital

Teresa Bowleg, Chief Nursing Officer, Erlanger Western Carolina HospitalTeresa Bowleg joined Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital in 2018 and has served for 25 years in a variety of leadership and administrative roles in various inpatient and outpatient settings. As Director of Operations and Associate CNO, Bowleg manages EWCH operations to deliver efficient, high-quality patient services - and also leads the hospital's nursing practice.

Prior to joining EWCH, Bowleg served as Carolinas Health Care System’s chief nurse executive at Murphy Medical Center.

Bowleg received her bachelor of science in nursing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, and her master of science in nursing with a specialization in nursing leadership and administration of health care systems from Excelsior College in Albany, New York. She is a member of American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders (NCONL), American Nurses Association (ANA), and American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE). Bowleg serves as an active member of the North Carolina Telepsychiatry Program Advisory Group.

Bowleg's nursing career has been dedicated to creating high quality, reliable systems of care and developing the next generation of nurses and health care professionals as leaders for the future.


Susie Aft, MSN, RN
Director of Quality and Patient Care, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital

Susie Aft, DSC, EWCH Director of Quality and Patient CareSusie Aft rejoined Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital in 2019 and currently serves as the Director of Quality and Patient Care. With nearly 20 years of healthcare experience, Aft continues to focus on patient safety and quality of care for EWCH services. In this role, Aft fosters collaboration for quality improvement and facilitates patient safety initiatives throughout EWCH.

Previously, Aft served as chief quality officer at Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge, Georgia, in addition to other clinical and leadership positions at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Murphy Medical Center and MedWest Health System.

Aft received her bachelor of arts from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, her bachelor of science in nursing from Emory University in Atlanta, and her masters of science in nurse administration from Western Carolina University.