Dr. Ranota Hall Named Chief Medical Officer for SouthLight Healthcare

Dr. Hall
Psychiatrist and Educator Focused on Access to Integrated Care for All

Ranota T. Hall, M.D., has been named Chief Medical Officer for SouthLight Healthcare, a 50-year-old nonprofit that provides integrated substance use and mental health services to more than 9,000 people each year.

Dr. Hall is both a physician and educator with extensive experience in psychiatry, neurocognitive development and public sector mental health. She has spent the past 28 years working to promote access and delivery of high-quality mental health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disability services to underserved populations.

Most recently, Dr. Hall served as the Chief Psychiatric Medical Officer for the fully integrated special needs health plan at Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN) in Washington, DC. Prior to that, she served as Chief Medical Officer at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare in Charlotte and spent 10 years as vice president of Medical Affairs, Public Sector at ValueOptions/Beacon Health Options in Morrisville, NC.

Dr. Hall has long valued teaching and held the role as site director for the Duke Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program at the former John Umstead Hospital. In addition, she has maintained clinical appointment at Duke as a Clinical Associate since 1992.

Dr. Hall is a board-certified Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She received her bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University and her medical degree from East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine. She is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association and served as former President of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Hall steps into the Chief Medical Officer role formerly held by Michael Lancaster, M.D., who will remain with SouthLight in his semi-retired role.

“We’re in a time of tremendous transformation and reform in healthcare,” stated Dr. Hall. “COVID has ushered in and accelerated the need for innovation and creativity. SouthLight has an array of services and is well-positioned to meet the needs of the community.”

SouthLight Builds Experienced, Diverse Executive Leadership Team

Dr. Hall rounds out SouthLight’s new executive leadership team, which brings decades of behavioral health leadership, clinical expertise, financial experience, and a vision to lead SouthLight into the changing healthcare landscape.

“This team positions SouthLight Healthcare to be a leader in the quickly evolving managed care space,” stated Adam Hartzell, named CEO in 2019. Hartzell has built a strong and diverse leadership team, recruiting some of the state’s top leaders in behavioral health.

In addition to Dr. Hall, the new executive team includes:

About SouthLight:

Founded in 1970, SouthLight Healthcare is one of the area’s largest nonprofit providers of substance use treatment and mental health services. SouthLight partners with individuals and communities to provide innovative treatment solutions delivered with compassion and dignity. With outpatient and community-based programs, SouthLight provides prevention, education and treatment services in the Triangle and beyond. Learn more at