By Richard Rourk
Unicoi County Hospital Administrator and community leader Eric Carroll is preparing for the next stage of his life and career.
Ballad Health has announced the next phase of its vision for Greene County, naming Carroll, its current assistant vice president and administrator of Unicoi County Hospital, as Greeneville Community Hospital’s new CEO. “This is a bittersweet feeling,” Carroll told The Erwin Record. “My family has really fallen in love with Unicoi County and all it has to offer.”
Carroll’s love of Unicoi County and his enthusiasm for community service will follow him to Greenville. “I will continue to be active in Unicoi County and will remain on the Unicoi County Little League board for the remainder of the year. I will always have ties to Unicoi County. I am also looking forward to becoming a part of Greenville’s community.”
During his time at Unicoi County Hospital, Carroll engaged in numerous community efforts, including a role as president and chairman of the board of the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce and board positions with CASA of Northeast Tennessee, Monroe Foundation and Unicoi County Little League.
A trained radiology technologist and native of Lee County, Virginia, Carroll steadily gained experience in leadership roles, taking on jobs of increasing responsibility in Florida and the Appalachian Highlands until joining Ballad Health in 2015. He led Unicoi County Hospital through its development, construction and initial years of service in their replacement hospital, which he helped open in 2018.
“I have a deep passion for community, particularly in business, economic development and children’s causes,” Carroll said. “Being so involved in the Unicoi County community was one of my greatest points of pride, and I look forward to doing the same in Greene County.
“One of Ballad Health’s central tenets is that we’re more than a health system – we’re committed to improving life, in all directions, for everyone in the Appalachian Highlands,” Carroll continued. “That’s the promise and goal I want to bring to Greene County, and I’m ready to work to make it happen.”
Carroll noted that the road to Greenville is a familiar one. “Twenty-two years ago, I first walked through the doors of what was then Laughlin Memorial Hospital as a radiology student,” Carroll said. “It gave me chills to come back to this hospital for my CEO interview – it was a very full-circle moment. Everything in my career has led to this new role, and I’m honored and excited to begin my work in Greene County. This is an excellent opportunity to make an impact in the community, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Ballad officials noted that Carroll was a top choice for the CEO position. “Eric has a breadth of experience that has prepared him for this role,” Ballad Health’s Southwest Market President Stan Hickson said. “He has proven experience inspiring teams and investing in the community he serves, which will be a benefit to our Greene County patients and team members as we continue to forge a new path forward for Greeneville Community Hospital. Crucially, Eric will lead new growth opportunities for this community’s healthcare, so everyone in Greene County and beyond will have access to the high-quality healthcare they deserve.”
Ballad Health confirmed that a search for a replacement administrator is underway. The Unicoi County Hospital board of directors and the Ballad Health leadership team plan to announce a new hospital leader in the coming weeks.
Carroll succeeds Tammy Albright, the hospital’s former president, who was tapped to lead Ballad Health Behavioral Health Services. He begins his new role on April 1.