New CEO at helm of Noland Health Services

Barbara Estep has more than 30 years with the company

East Glen is one of Noland Health Services’ facilities that provides rehabilitation, skilled nursing, long-term care and hospice care services.

Barbara Estep has been named the new chief executive officer of Noland Health Services. Estep succeeds Carol Knight, the first woman to serve as Noland’s CEO, who retired at the end of March.

Started in Birmingham, Noland Health has five long-term acute care hospitals and nine senior-living communities.

Barbara Estep.

Estep joined Noland Health in 1987 as director of health information at Lloyd Noland Hospital in Birmingham. Since then, she has served in various roles, most recently as vice president over administration, where she oversaw a wide range of areas related to human resources, regulatory compliance, risk management, legal activities and programs to promote quality and patient satisfaction. Estep has a law degree and a master’s in health services.

“Both these leaders are veterans of Noland Health, and they have been working together since the beginning of this year to make sure that the transition is smooth for our staff, our residents and patients and the communities we serve,” said Rip Britton, chair of the Noland Health board. “We are grateful for Carol’s stellar leadership — especially her leadership through the COVID pandemic, one of the greatest challenges ever faced by our industry — and we have the utmost confidence in Barbara. We are excited about this new chapter for our company.”

Estep said of her new role, “As CEO, I’m fortunate to work alongside so many dedicated employees, and I look forward to working with the entire Noland family to serve our communities and ensure the continued success of this company.”

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