Victor Giovanetti is resigning as president of LewisGale Regional Health System to take a leadership position with a hospital chain in Nashville, Tenn.
Giovanetti, who has led the Salem-based health system since 2008, has accepted the position of chief operating officer of LifePoint Hospitals Eastern Group.
LifePoint has nearly 60 hospital campuses in 20 states, with 28,000 employees and 3,000 physician partners.
The division that Giovanetti is joining consists of about 20 hospitals in four states: Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Michigan.
Giovanetti said the close relationship he has built with the LewisGale system and the Roanoke Valley community made the decision to move on difficult.
“It is truly a bittersweet day,” he said this afternoon, shortly after his resignation was announced.