Catawba Valley Health System (CVHS) has announced the hiring of Michele
Sedney as its new vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer. Sedney
comes to CVHS from Johns Hopkins Health System in Maryland where she served
as vice president for Human Resources.
Sedney holds a Master of Science in Management degree with a concentration
in Human Resources from the University of Maryland. Additionally, she
holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Human Resource
Administration from Towson State University and a certificate of Labor
Relations from Cornell University.
A recent notable undertaking for Sedney was successfully leading Johns
Hopkins through COVID and the challenges it presented by organizing daily
huddles with management staff, participating in incident command, successfully
redeploying staff during COVID, and implementing wellness rounding. CVHS
leadership said navigating such an organization through that challenge
while maintaining her many other executive responsibilities is what made
her the ideal candidate.
“Michele has over 20 years of experience in health care, non-profit
and university environments,” said Dennis Johnson, president and
CEO of CVHS. “We were drawn to her comprehensive body of work that
includes recruitment and retention, diversity and inclusion, workforce
planning, conflict resolution, change management and benefits administration.
Plus, she has proven experience collaborating with senior management to
strategically plan Human Resources initiatives to support organizational
Among Sedney’s many affiliations and achievements include serving
as chair and board member of the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Health
Care, receiving the Secretary of Labor’s Opportunity Award, and
recognition from the Association of Diversity Councils at Johns Hopkins
Bayview Medical Center.
Sedney began her employment with CVHS on Monday, June 12.