Our Leadership


Janet Hadar, MSN, MBA, FACHE


Janet has served in wide variety healthcare roles throughout her career. She began her career as intensive care unit nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and later spent several years as a nurse practitioner at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center, where she also earned her master’s degree in nursing. She then earned her MBA from Case Western Reserve University, before joining UNC Hospitals in the summer of 2002. Since arriving in Chapel Hill, Janet as served in several administrative roles, most recently as senior vice president of professional and support services. In October of 2019, she became the first female president of UNC Hospitals.

DanielsRowell Daniels, PharmD, MS, FASHP

Chief Operating Officer, UNC Hospitals

Rowell has served in a variety of roles with UNC over the past 22 years. Most recently, Rowell has functioned as our UNC Health System Vice President of Pharmacy Services where he focused on enhancing pharmacy services across the health system to benefit patient care, including work across acute and ambulatory environments as well as transitional patient care services. His early work with system services helped support the development of our UNC Shared Services Center, which has been critical to the development of a number strategic health system services. Rowell has also served as Executive Associate Dean for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy where he continues to hold an appointment as Associate Professor of Clinical Education. 


Tom Ivester, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer

Tom, who is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, received his BS in Zoology at N.C. State University, obtained his MD from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and completed his Fellowship at Columbia University and the Tennessee Health Sciences Center. He obtained his MPH at the Gilling’s School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been at UNC since 2003, where he has served as service leader for obstetrics at medical center for several years. Dr. Ivester also served as associate chief medical officer for quality prior to taking UNC Hospitals CMO role in 2016. 


Cathy.Madigan, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing Officer

Cathy received her BSN from Vanderbilt University, her Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences System, and her doctorate from UNC School of Nursing. Prior to coming to UNC Hospitals, she was the Director of the Cardiac Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 1996-2003, and the Director of the Children’s Cardiac Program at the Denver Children’s Hospital/University of Colorado Health Sciences System from 1991 - 1996. Dr. Madigan first joined UNC Hospitals in 2003 as Director of Cardiac Services. Since June 2013, Cathy has served as UNC Hospitals’ Vice President of Nursing and Associate Chief Nursing Officer. From 2008 – 2013, she was the Associate Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer. She became UNC Hospitals' Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Senior Vice President in 2016.

Will Bryant

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Will serves as the Chief Financial Officer of UNC Hospitals and the Associate CFO of UNC Health.  After joining UNC Health in 2016 as the CFO of High Point Regional UNC Health Care, he went on to serve at UNC Health’s CFO of Shared Services as well as its interim Vice President of Supply Chain Services before moving into his current role.  Prior to joining UNC Health, Mr. Bryant served in several finance leadership roles at Wake Forest Baptist Health and at Novant Health. In his role as CFO of UNC Hospitals he is responsible for the financial management of UNC Hospitals and oversees its financial planning, budgeting, and operational finance functions. 

StricklerJeff Strickler, DHA, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Operating Officer, UNC Hospitals Hillsborough Campus

Jeff is responsible for all operations on our UNC Hillsborough 83-bed hospital campus. Jeff has over 30 years of experience in health care and administration, the last 17 years of which have been at UNC Health. Jeff received his Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina, his Master’s in Organizational Management from Tusculum College, and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State. 

Mel HurstonMel Hurston, MHSA

Senior Vice President, Support Services

Mel Hurston is the Sr. Vice President responsible for Hospitals Police/Security, Transportation and Parking Services as well as Special Projects. He received his Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from The University of Michigan in 1980. Mel joined the Executive Team in 1987. In his time at UNC, Mel has been responsible for working with numerous clinical and support services departments and has led many design and construction projects as the hospital has grown, including The Hedrick Office Building, Chatham Hospital, Neurosciences Hospital, NC Women’s and Children’s Hospitals, NC Cancer Hospital, Hillsborough Campus – Hospital and Medical Office Building, the Imaging and Spine Center, and the Hospice Home. 


Steve Finch, MHA, RN

Vice President, Acute Care Operations

Steve is the Vice President responsible for acute care operations including Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation, Cardiology, Clinical Laboratories, Dialysis, Imaging, Interventional Radiology, Respiratory Care, Therapy Services and Transplant Services. In addition to his role at UNC Medical Center, Steve also functions as the Regional Director of Clinical Laboratory Services for UNC Health. Prior to joining the executive team at UNC Medical Center in 2019, Steve served as the Director of Diagnostic Services at UNC REX Healthcare from 2009 – 2019. Steve earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Health Administration from Pfeiffer University.


John Hudson, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE

Vice President, Perioperative Services

John’s leadership style focuses on accurate internal and external assessment, physician and employee teambuilding, and process improvement. As a leader, health services researcher and educator with a focus on improving health outcomes while reducing cost, he uses data to guide change. Past roles include ICU RN, Clinical Specialist, CNO, VP of Operations, Senior Strategist, Consultant and Educator. He received his BSN from Michigan State University, MSN from Case Western Reserve University and PhD (Health Services Research with a leadership cognate) from Old Dominion University. His philosophy focuses on safety, fairness and helping people be the best they can be.

Dan Lehman, MHA, BSMT, FACHE

Vice President, Professional and Support Services

Dan came to UNC Hospitals in 1994 as Associate Director of Planning and Program Development. In early 2000, Dan became Administrative Director of Cardiac Services and Wellness where he worked to establish the NC Children’s Heart Center and Meadowmont and NW Cary Wellness Centers.  In 2004, he took on additional responsibilities for Environmental Services and Nutrition and Food Services.  In 2010 additional support services were added and Dan now serves as Vice President Operations Professional and Support Services. Prior to coming to UNC Hospitals, Dan completed the two-year post-graduate administrative fellowship program at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System (Baltimore, MD) and worked for Danville Regional Medical Center (Danville, VA) as Director of Planning and Market Research. He has a BS from The Ohio State University (B.S. in Allied Health - Medical Technology) and an MHA from The Sloan Graduate Program in Health Policy and Administration at Cornell University (Master of Health Administration).

McCannMeghan McCann, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Vice President, Acute Care Operations

Meghan is the Vice President responsible for acute care operations including Care Management, Children’s Services, Hospitalist Services, Pharmacy, and Volunteer Services as well as Outpatient Services. She holds her Master’s degree in Nursing Health Care Systems from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Maryland as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Prior to joining the executive team in 2017 Meghan served as Director of Cancer Services in the NC Cancer Hospital, Director of Inpatient Oncology and Heart and Vascular, and began her career in leadership at UNC as the Nurse Manager of the Cardiothoracic in 2005. She joined the UNC team in 2003 as a bedside nurse in the Cardiothoracic ICU. 

JacobsJacci Jacobs, MHA, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Jacci currently serves as Associate Chief Nursing Officer/AVP of UNC Hospitals. Prior to her appointment to this role in 2016, she served in multiple roles including as Director of the Heart and Vascular (H&V) Inpatient services, Director for the Vascular Access Team, the Adult Specialty Care Team/Rapid Response Nursing Team and UNC Hospitals Chest Pain Center Accreditation Process. Jacci started her career at UNC Hospitals in 1998 as a staff nurse, and was promoted to Nurse Manager of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in 2003, where she served until her appointment as Director in 2011. Jacci received the Fran Ross Memorial Nursing Scholarship in 2009 and the School of Medicine Nursing Recognition Award for Nursing Management in 2010. Additionally, Jacci is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and has multiple publications to her credit.