The leadership of NeighborHealth Center has a passion for improving health care access for the underserved, incorporating a faith-based approach. NHC has assembled a strong team committed to bringing this vision to life.
"Working for NeighborHealth fulfills my passion for providing high-quality patient care to those in our community that have the highest need while sharing the love of Christ."
Sue Ellen Thompson, MSN, RN, NEA-BCExecutive Director
Sue Ellen Thompson comes to NeighborHealth with more than 35 years of nursing practice, including 25 years in nursing leadership in hospital and outpatient settings. Additionally, her background includes:
- A masters degree in Nursing and Healthcare Leadership from Duke University
- Successfully meeting quality care objectives as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as The Joint Commission.
- Extensive experience with launching new service lines and facilitating transitions to electronic health records.
Board of Directors
SAM BASS, JR., MBA — VICE CHAIR
Sam is the president of Beacon Wealthcare and believes that quality healthcare is a fundamental requirement of breaking the cycle of poverty. "When I heard of the surprisingly high unserved need in my own neighborhood, I was eager to join the NeighborHealth effort to bring excellent primary care to our city’s most vulnerable."
KIM SHAW — SECRETARY
Kim has worked for Cherokee Gives Back Foundation since 2003. She is active in her community as a volunteer with leadership and mentoring programs. “I joined the NeighborHealth board because I'm passionate about the work we are doing in the community to provide quality healthcare to all."
DAWN THOMAS, CCC-SLP
SUSANNE BERGER, BSN, RN — BOARD CHAIR
Susanne has nursing experience in both hospital and clinic settings. Beginning with initial steering committee meetings, she has worked to establish NeighborHealth's vision of compassionate primary care. “Loving my neighbor through healthcare is a calling for me as a Christian. I’m excited to be a part of the NeighborHealth team."
WILSON HICKS, CPA — TREASURER
NICOLE HERRIOTT, FNP-BC
Nicole Herriott is a bilingual family nurse practitioner, serving patients at UNC Rex Express Care. Nicole has experience in emergency room settings, as well as in community health centers focusing on the unique needs of newly arrived refugees and immigrants. “I am passionate about delivering whole-body care and encouraging patients to lead healthy and fulfilled lives.”
BRIDGET BLINN-SPEARS, JD
Bridget is an employment lawyer with K&L Gates and mom of four kids. "I see providing healthcare as a concrete way to follow the way of Jesus."
When I heard of the surprisingly high unserved need in my own neighborhood, I was eager to join the NeighborHealth effort to bring excellent primary care to our city’s most vulnerable.