Mission Health, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Announce Leadership Transitions

Tim Layman

HIGHLANDS, N.C. (July 5, 2019) – Mission Health today announced that Jackie Medland, PhD, RN, plans to step down as chief executive officer and chief nursing officer of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. Mission Health also announced that Timothy Layman, DNP, RN, will be appointed interim chief executive officer and chief nursing officer of the hospital, effective July 16 and continuing until a national search can be completed for the hospital’s top position.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Jackie for her leadership and commitment to health and wellness on the plateau,” said Greg Lowe, President of HCA Healthcare’s North Carolina Division. “Jackie has led Highlands-Cashiers Hospital through a time of transition and growth and we look forward to working with Tim to continue our commitment to the care and improvement of human life in the Cashiers and Highlands community.”

Medland plans to return to Chicago, where her husband has continued to live while she has served Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.

“The work we have done together over the last few years has been nothing short of amazing,” said Medland. “I’m thankful for the commitment that our providers and care team have shown in taking healthcare to the next level here in our community.”

Layman, who will lead the 24-bed hospital until a permanent successor is named, currently serves as Angel Medical Center’s administrative manager of clinical operations and as a faculty member at Thomas Jefferson University and Yale University. He previously served as vice president for innovation and entrepreneurship at Thomas Jefferson University.

“We are grateful that Tim has accepted the opportunity to lead this wonderful and important community hospital as we take the time to identify a new leader who will help us continue to enhance the quality of healthcare along the plateau and beyond,” said Lowe.

To stay updated on the Highlands-Cashiers CEO/CNO search, visit missionhealth.org/highlandscashiers.


Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, a member of Mission Health, an operating division of HCA Healthcare, is a community hospital serving Macon, Jackson and the surrounding counties. Located on Highway 64 between the towns of Highlands and Cashiers, the hospital offers 24/7 emergency care, acute inpatient care, rehabilitation, as well as long-term care through Eckerd Living Center. Highlands-Cashiers Hospital has 24 beds for acute care services and 80 beds in the Eckerd Living Center. Ambulatory services are also available, including therapy services and primary care practices serving both Highlands and Cashiers. For more information, please visit missionhealth.org/highlandscashiers.


Mission Health, an operating division of HCA Healthcare, is based in Asheville, North Carolina, and is the state’s sixth largest health system. In 2018, for the sixth time in the past seven years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics). Mission Health is the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 colleagues and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit missionhealth.org or @MissionHealthNC.
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