Fred T. Brown, Jr., MPH, LFACHE, Colonel (ret) USAF is President of the Brown Consulting Group LLC, a small healthcare consulting firm located in Charlotte NC. The focus of the practice is hospitals and healthcare systems, turnaround of financially challenged hospitals and group practices as well long term (smart) planning.
Brown retired in 2015 as CHS Group Senior Vice President for Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte NC where he wrote the business plan and implemented an initiative that eventually added 24 managed hospitals and health systems to the organization. Previously Brown served as Managing Principal for Pershing, Yoakley and Associates, one of the largest dedicated health care consulting practices in the Southeast and for five years as Executive Vice President of Novant Health, Winston-Salem NC. Earlier in his career, Brown established a regional office for VHA, a major national health care cooperative, and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Carolinas-Tennessee Regional Healthcare System for 11 years. Prior to this, he had more than 16 years experience in roles as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of acute care community hospitals, a regional referral centers and a large academic medical center.
Brown retired as a Colonel in the North Carolina Air National Guard after 32 years of active duty and reserve military service as a Commissioned Officer in the 82nd ABN Division, the 101st ABN Division, the NC Army National Guard and the NC Air National Guard, where he served as Commander of the 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron for 18 years including 10 months in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait during Operations Desert Shield and Storm. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with “V” and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army and Air Force Commendation Medals and the Humanitarian Service Medal with two Silver Oak leaf Clusters plus numerous other awards and decorations. He has over 2500 hours in the C-130 aircraft including 238 Combat hours during Desert Storm. He has over 125 military parachute jumps and is a graduate of the Army HALO School. Col. Brown was awarded the General I.G. Brown Command Excellence Award in 1988. He was named outstanding Medical Service Corps Officer of the year in the Air Force in 1991. He has earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Chief Medical Service Corps Badge. He was inducted into the Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in 1996.
His professional affiliations include serving as a Life Fellow and North Carolina Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Secretary of the Board of Directors of The Long Term Care Foundation, Adjunct Full Professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and President, Board of Directors, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Foundation.
Brown earned a Master's of Public Health Administration from the University of North Carolina's School of Public Health and a Bachelor's degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina where he was an all conference guard on three conference championship football teams.
On 13 October 2012, he was inducted into the Lenoir-Rhyne University Sports Hall of Fame. He was named Outstanding Alumni UNC School of Public Health in 1992, and Outstanding Alumni of Lenoir-Rhyne College in 2002 and awarded the Lenoir-Rhyne Community Service award in 2009. He is a 2002 recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the State of North Carolina's highest civilian award.
- Master of Health Administration, School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1980
- Bachelor of Arts, Lenior-Rhyne College, Hickory, NC, 1969