Administrative Staff

David Darden


David Darden is Raleigh General Hospital's CEO. He rejoined the hospital after leaving in 2001. He has received local and national awards for outstanding leadership. In 2012, he was recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) with its Grassroots Champion Award for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of community hospitals. He also was named the 2012 Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Richlands Area Chamber of Commerce in Richlands, Virginia.

Prior to returning to Raleigh General Hospital, Darden previously served as CEO at Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, Virginia, COO at Memorial Medical Center at Las Cruces, New Mexico, also part of LifePoint Hospitals, and as CEO of Bartow Memorial Hospital in Bartow, Florida and Montgomery Regional Medical Center in Blacksburg, Virginia.

He holds a master of science degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University at San Antonio, Texas, and a bachelor of science degree from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served as the ACHE Regent for the state of Virginia.

Alene Lewis, MHA, MSN, RN

Chief Nursing Officer

Alene Lewis joined Raleigh General Hospital in June 2013 as the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).  Prior to coming to Raleigh General, Ms. Lewis served as CNO for Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV.  During her seven years at Southern Hills she was responsible for all nursing departments, hospital education, infection control, pharmacy, radiology, and geriatric psych.  Alene also served as CNO in Roswell, NM and Albuquerque, NM before moving to Las Vegas.  During her tenure as CNO Southern Hills received designation by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Core Measures for 2010 and 2011.  The hospital also received the grade of “A” on Patient Safety by Leapfrog Group in May 2012.

Ms. Lewis received a Diploma in Nursing from Piedmont Hospital School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia, a Bachelor of Business from University of Georgia, a Master of Healthcare Administration from Georgia State University, and a Master of Nursing Informatics from American Sentinel University.   She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives as well as the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Alene is a Georgia native.

Joseph Wilkins, DPT, MSHA

Chief Operating Officer

Joe’s leadership experience includes serving as the Assistant Chief Executive Officer at Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, VA, as the interim Chief Executive Officer at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia, VA, and as the Director of Rehabilitation Services at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital in Richmond, VA. Joe’s clinical experience also includes several staff positions as a physical therapist with a focus on spinal cord injuries within the VA medical system and other rehabilitation centers, as well as serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Physical Therapy.

Joe attended The College of William and Mary where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and this Masters of Science in Hospital Administration. Joe has been active in many civic and charitable organizations in the communities in which he has lived.

Joe is married to Tonya, a dentist. Tonya and Joe have three children: Joseph, age 12; Juliusa, age 10; and Anthony, age 9.

Randy Harrison, FACHE

Chief Financial Officer

Randy has more than 30 years of experience in financial management and operations in the healthcare field. In the ten years before joining Raleigh General, Randy served as Interim CFO for more than 10 different hospitals in the Lifepoint family, as well as 20 other non-affiliated facilities. He also spent 20 years with Hospital Corporation of America. Randy brings a strong understanding of operations in a multi-facility setting. His background has enabled him to fully support hospital operations, including strategic planning, corporate compliance, cost management, revenue growth, standardization and infrastructure development.

Randy holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from the Medical College of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of many professional and civic organizations, including the American College of Health Care Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, United Way and the Red Cross. As such, he has proven himself an able ambassador for the organizations he has served.