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Bob Byrd


Robert E. “Bob” Byrd was appointed to the Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Board of Directors in 2018. He has been a resident of Burlington, N.C., since 1979 and has provided over four decades of leadership and advocacy in Alamance County.

As a former Alamance County Commissioner (2014-2018), he served on the N.C. Association of County Commissioners Board of Directors and as Chair of the Health and Human Services Steering Committee. He has served as: the Commissioner sponsor for the 2017 Alamance County Leaders Forum on Opioid Abuse; liaison to the county’s strategic planning process; Co-Chair of the Alamance County Stepping Up Initiative; and Chair of the county’s Justice Advisory Council. He also represented the Board of Commissioners on numerous other boards including the Board of Health, three public transportation boards, and as a liaison to the Board of Education.

Byrd has had a long and distinguished career in community health care with experience and expertise in acute care, long-term care, and provider network development, including behavioral health services, business development, and strategic planning. He retired as Senior Vice President at Cone Health/Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

During his tenure in various positions and responsibilities, Byrd developed a reputation as a respected leader and manager with vision, commitment, and passion for improving the lives of Alamance County citizens. His guidance led to the development of The Village at Brookwood (a continuing care retirement community) and Mebane Medical Park (a satellite outpatient center of ARMC). He also helped lead the creation of Healthy Alamance (the county’s N.C. Healthy Carolinians Coalition), working with local directors of the mental health/developmental disabilities/substance abuse authority, the Public Health Department, the Department of Social Services, and United Way.

Byrd holds a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Health Administration from Duke University. Selected community and personal interests include Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities, Inc., Alamance ElderCare, Inc., Alamance Racial Equity Alliance, Inc., and Allied Churches of Alamance County, which operates the community’s homeless shelter and free meal service.

Byrd is co-founder, music director, and lead saxophonist of the 18-piece Alamance Jazz Band. He is married and is an avid road cyclist.

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