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Robin S. Voss, RN, MHA
Executive Director, Neurosciences and Orthopaedics
Forsyth Medical Center
Winston-Salem, NC


Not every hospital would put two high-profile units under one leader, but 847-staffed-bed Forsyth Medical Center recently did just that. Robin Voss, in charge of forging the future for the Forsyth Stroke and Neurovascular Center and the Forsyth Regional Orthopaedic Center, explains why a former operating room nurse and director of the emergency and trauma department was the single best choice to lead two service lines.

Voss: I started as an associate degree nurse, and I’ve gone back to school twice while working full time. I finished up my career in the OR working with the orthopedic surgeons and the neurosurgeons.

One of the things that helps me today is that as I try to look at that big picture—strategic planning and growth opportunities. I understand the day-to-day operations and how the plans that we are setting forth will impact things.

The spine work makes this a natural fit because both neurology and orthopedics involve the spine. If there were two of us working to create these centers of excellence, I’d have to work with that other person to deal with that.

Now, what will the future hold? After we have ensured that we’ve got the right programs and services, will there need to be two leaders? I don’t know the answer to that question, but right now looking at these service lines together makes perfectly good sense.

—Lola Butcher