Local cardiologist named to state board
December 21, 2010
Dr. Eric Janis of Clayton has been appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue to serve on the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council.
The 29-member board directs the development of the annual State Medical Facilities Plan, which contains policies and methodologies used in determining the need for new health care facilities and services across North Carolina.
Dr. Janis is the second representative from Johnston County to serve on the council.
The cardiologist is a former chief of staff at Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield and a former member of the hospital’s board of commissioners. He has served in numerous other positions at the hospital.
Since 2007, Janis has served on the Johnston Community College Foundation Board. He is also a medical expert on an advisory committee for the college’s cardiac ultrasound program.
Janis thinks that hospitals in rural counties such as Johnston have a special role in delivering health care and deserve special consideration when the state allocates resources.
He has experience in working through the state’s Certificate of Need process. Years ago, he helped the hospital win state approval to develop a cardiac catheterization lab. And most recently, he opened new cardiology offices in Smithfield and Clayton.
“There is no reason we cannot provide the highest quality care in the community hospital setting,” he adds. “Having strong health care services where people live is important.”
Janis is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his medicine residency and fellowship in cardiology at the school as well.
Janis has been in practice with Smithfield Heart and Vascular Associates and Wake Heart and Vascular Associates for the last 14 years, with offices in Smithfield, Clayton and throughout the Triangle. He has been recognized by Boston-based Best Doctors Inc. as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and by the Triangle Business Journal as a Health Care Hero.
“As a new board member, I look forward to the opportunity to ensure the delivery of safe, high-quality health care in Johnston County and throughout the state,” he said.
About Johnston Health:
Johnston Health is the county’s health care system. It includes Johnston Medical Center-Smithfield, a 179-bed acute care hospital, and Johnston Medical Center-Clayton, an outpatient campus that includes a freestanding emergency department, same-day surgery and diagnostic imaging departments. Johnston Health also has a primary care practice in Clayton and an urgent care in Smithfield.