< back to Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital

Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital Leadership

Mark Kimball, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer - Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital

Photo of Mark Kimball, Murphy Hospital CEOMark Kimball, FACHE, is chief executive officer of Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital, based in Murphy, North Carolina.

Kimball is a rural healthcare executive with 20 years of leadership experience with several prominent healthcare systems throughout the Southeast, including Behavioral Health Center and Select Specialty Hospital in Memphis, Archbold Medical Center in Camilla, Ga. and Phoebe-Putney Health System in Albany, Ga.

Prior to his appointment at Erlanger, Kimball served as chief operating officer with NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield, Tennessee, and was responsible for the overall operations with Houston County Community Hospital located in Erin, Tennessee. In that role he led Houston County Community Hospital to earning its designation of Critical Access Hospital status.

Kimball received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Georgia and earned a Master's in Business Administration. He is board-certified in healthcare management and a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and a licensed nursing home administrator.

Kimball is actively involved with numerous professional and civic organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives, Georgia Hospital Association, Center for Rural Health, National Association of Occupational Health Executives, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and Boys and Girls Clubs.


Matt Thomas, CFO of Erlanger Western Carolina HospitalMatthew Thomas
Chief Financial Officer, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital

Matthew Thomas joined Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital after serving as chief financial officer at Merit Health Natchez in Natchez, Miss., where he oversaw the following departments: accounting, information technology, materials management, case management, admitting, business and health information management. There, he also successfully petitioned for the hospital to gain sole community hospital status with Medicare, a designation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Before stepping into the health care sector, Thomas served as senior accountant at one of Tennessee’s largest accounting firms, Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain, P.C. Since then, he has held management and leadership positions at Community Health Systems, Inc., in Franklin, Tenn., and San Angelo Community Medical Center in San Angelo, Texas.

Thomas attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville for both his bachelor of science in business administration and his masters of accountancy.


Teresa Bowleg, Chief Nursing Officer, Erlanger Western Carolina HospitalTeresa Bowleg, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital

Teresa 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 chief nursing officer, Bowleg is responsible for nursing practice across all of EWCH. Teresa also has executive responsibility for pharmacy, clinical education, quality and cardiac rehabilitation.

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.


Matthew Huff, AVP Physician Services & Operations, Erlanger Western Carolina HospitalMatthew Huff
AVP Physician Services & Operations, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital

Matthew Huff joined Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital in 2019 as assistant vice president of physician services and operations. In this role, he is responsible for physician practices, recruitment and hospital operations. He is also responsible for overseeing the development of a rural family practice residency program.

Huff’s health care administration experience includes 10 years in North Carolina, including the leadership teams at Vidant Health in Greenville and Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge in Morganton.

Additionally, he served as designated institutional officer and director of post-graduate affairs at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. In this role, he was responsible for building a medical education group of five hospitals and more than 20 rural-based residency programs, which consisted of more than 160 residents.

Huff received a bachelor’s degree in business from The University of South Alabama and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.