Eric Deaton, chief operating officer, Wellmont Health SystemEric Deaton

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Eric Deaton serves as Wellmont’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Deaton rejoined Wellmont in November 2014, having previously served as vice president of finance and operations at Bristol Regional Medical Center from 1999 until 2003.

Prior to resuming his Wellmont career, Deaton had served as market president for LifePoint Hospitals, directing the collective operations of Danville Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville, both in South Central Virginia.

He also served as president and CEO of Danville Regional from 2010 until 2013. During his tenure, Danville Regional opened seven new clinics, recruited 50 physicians to the community and increased primary care opportunities, which reduced nonacute emergency department visits. The hospital also received honors for its heart care, and the imaging center provided faster and more efficient imaging and scanning services with a new CT scanner and MRI unit.

Earlier in his career, Deaton was market CEO for North Side Hospital, Johnson City Specialty Hospital and Northeast Tennessee Rehabilitation Hospital.

Deaton has served in leadership roles in Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina for about two decades, providing vision and strategic thinking to help take organizations to the next level. He brings a depth of knowledge about health care organization and an ability to engage co-workers at every level.

As part of duties, Deaton has served on the boards of directors for the Virginia Board of Health, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association and Federation of American Hospitals. He has also sat on the boards of many community organizations in South Central Virginia.

Deaton has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Milligan College and a master's degree in business administration from Bristol College. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.