By DAN SMITH
Carilion Clinic has named Nancy Howell Agee CEO, replacing Dr. Ed Murphy, who has resigned to take a position with an investment firm and physician company. Murphy will remain on the board of directors of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and he will retain one of his two homes in the area, while moving his primary residence to Connecticut. He has a home at Smith Mountain Lake.
Agee, a Roanoke native and graduate of the University of Virginia and Emory University, takes over one of the region’s largest organizations and employers July 1. She has been with the company for more than 30 years, starting as a nurse and in the last 20 years in management slowly working her way up the ladder. Early this year she was named president and CEO of Carilion Medical Center, the company’s hospital services.
“Nancy is a national level health care leader,” says Murphy, “and I am confident and comfortable table she will do a remarkable job.”
“This is a unique organization with truly remarkable people,” says Agee, “and I am honored to have this opportunity. I still remember the faces of my patients back in 1973 and as I see our patients today I know that even with new technology, new facilities and a new medical school, our core mission.”
Murphy will begin work in July with TowerBrook Capital Partners, a New York and London based investment firm. He will become chairman of the board of South Physicians, which will help TowerBrook acquire and develop businesses to assist physicians, hospitals and health delivery systems. He will become chairman of the board of Sound Physicians. It is a provider of hospitalist physician services.
“The decision to leave Carilion was difficult, but the time is right,” Murphy says. “At Carilion, the building blocks for successful transformation are in place, especially in light of our new relationship with Aetna. The organization is in good position to move forward with excellent, stable leadership.”