Twin County Regional Healthcare Announces Dale Alward, FACHE, as New CEO

August 17, 2017

(Galax, Virginia August 17, 2017) – Dale Alward, FACHE, has been named the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Twin County Regional Healthcare (TCRH), effective August 28. He will serve as the fourth CEO in Twin County Regional Healthcare’s 44 year history. Alward replaces interim CEO Agnes Smith, RN, MSN, who is also the hospital’s chief nursing officer (CNO) and has been serving in dual roles since earlier this year.

Alward is a veteran healthcare leader with 34 years of progressive leadership experience with acute care hospitals and healthcare organizations. He most recently served as CEO of Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida, where he drove significant growth in volumes across the board; implemented new services such as a hospitalist program, bariatrics, orthopedics and oncology, to name a few; recruited numerous specialists to the hospital; and led more than $65 million in capital projects.

“To say that we are impressed with Dale is an understatement,” said Victor Giovanetti, President of LifePoint’s Eastern Group of hospitals. “He is a natural leader who takes great pride in serving his community, and we are really excited to have him in Twin County. We know that under his leadership, this hospital will continue to advance and help to improve the overall health and well-being of this region.”

Prior to Mercy, Alward served in numerous leadership roles across the U.S., including CEO of Englewood Community Hospital in Englewood, Florida; chief operating officer and ethics and compliance officer of Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana; assistant administrator and cardiovascular service line director of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia; and administrative director at Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Alward also served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force, spending time as flight commander, as well as operations officer and assistant administrator at several Air Force medical bases, among other roles.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better fit for our hospital and our community than Dale,” said Blake Edwards, the chair of TCRH’s board. “We look forward to his arrival and introducing him to Twin County.”

Alward has a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from Troy University in Troy, Alabama, and a Bachelor of Science from Regents – Excelsior College, which is based in Albany, New York. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and enjoys taking an active role in his community by serving on numerous boards and committees, including the Chamber of Commerce, YMCA and American Heart Association.

“This is a great hospital, tucked inside an outstanding community,” said Alward. “I’ve really been impressed with the people that I’ve met, the care that I’ve seen and the commitment of this hospital team. I’m looking forward to this new opportunity and can’t wait to get out and meet our community.”

About Twin County Regional Healthcare

Twin County Regional Hospital (TCRH) is the flagship of the Twin County Regional Healthcare delivery system, a Duke LifePoint Healthcare affiliate, centered on the mission “Making Communities Healthier®.  The hospital is located in Galax, Virginia, the center of the Twin Counties of Grayson and Carroll Counties in Southwest Virginia. 

Twin County Regional Hospital has been the anchor and the region’s leader of healthcare for 44 years offering services such as acute care, cardiac rehab/cardio direct, cardiology, cardiopulmonary services, diabetes education, diagnostic imaging, emergency services, gastroenterology, lab/lab direct, occupational health, orthopedics, rehabilitation services, sleep center, stroke center, surgical services, teleneurology, wellness center, women’s health and birthing center and many other services.

The hospital and the Twin County Physician Practices (Galax, Hillsville & Independence; Behavioral Health; Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT); Pain; Pediatrics; Surgery, Urgent Care and Urology) – continually develop and improve services as well as outreach programs in response to community need based on a foundation of teamwork, compassion and respect for all.  For additional information, please visit or find TCRH on Facebook.