Orlando, FL (Jan 6, 2015) -- Orlando Health has named David W. Strong president and chief executive officer of the $2.1 billion healthcare system. His appointment will become effective in early April. Mr. Strong currently serves as president of Rex Healthcare, in Raleigh, NC, an affiliate of UNC Health Care, and chief operating officer for system affiliations at the University of North Carolina Health Care System in Chapel Hill.
“David is an accomplished hospital executive who is recognized for his focus on physician relations, quality care, patient and co-worker satisfaction, and improved fiscal outcomes. We believe he has the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to successfully lead Orlando Health into the future,” said Dianna Morgan, chairman of the board of directors for Orlando Health.
As president and CEO of Orlando Health, Mr. Strong will be responsible for providing leadership, strategic guidance and direction of the organization which consists of eight wholly-owned or partnership hospitals; Orlando Health Physician Group and Physician Associates, two of the largest multi-specialty practices in Central Florida; ownership in an outpatient surgery center, and a subsidiary interest in five outpatient imaging centers.
“I look forward to working closely with physicians, team members and the board to ensure Orlando Health’s continued success. We are excited about engaging in the Central Florida community" said Mr. Strong.
“David is a leader who has successfully guided several organizations through the rapidly and continually changing healthcare environment. He has the unanimous support of the Orlando Health board of directors and key executives involved in the selection process,” added Mrs. Morgan.
Mr. Strong brings more than 20 years of healthcare management expertise and experience to his role at Orlando Health. He began his healthcare career at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA, where he served as vice president of operations and ambulatory care as well as executive vice president.
In 2000 he joined Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City, OK as chief operating officer. Under his leadership, the hospital opened urgent care centers and primary care practices, expanded and renovated patient units and opened the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, a 78-bed joint ventured heart hospital.
In 2004, he was named president of Rex Healthcare. His key accomplishments include helping the organization achieve financial, market share and quality improvements. His efforts helped increase revenue and service offerings resulting in the hospital being named a Thomson-Reuters Top 100 Hospital and a Thomson-Reuters Quality Improvement Leader. Rex also was consecutively named a “Best Place to Work” by Modern Healthcare.
In November 2011, Mr. Strong added to his responsibilities when he was named chief operating officer for system affiliations at the University of North Carolina Health Care system in Chapel Hill, NC. In this position, Mr. Strong is responsible for the leadership of seven community hospitals representing nearly 2,000 licensed hospitals beds, ambulatory and post-acute facilities, physician practices and joint ventures. He also created Rex Health Ventures, one of the only venture capital investment funds in the country started by a community, non-profit hospital, used to spur healthcare innovation and improve service, care and efficiency.
Mr. Strong received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK and a Master of Hospital and Health Administration degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.
He has been actively involved in his local communities and within the healthcare industry throughout his career. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.
He and his wife, Grace, are the proud parents of four children.
About Orlando Health
Orlando Health is a $2.1 billion not-for-profit health care organization and a community-based network of physician practices, hospitals, and outpatient care centers throughout Central Florida. The organization includes Physician Associates, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in Central Florida, ownership in an outpatient surgery center, and eight wholly-owned or partnership hospitals. An Orlando Health subsidiary also has a 49 percent interest in five outpatient imaging centers.
Orlando Health is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. They are: Orlando Regional Medical Center; Dr. P. Phillips Hospital; South Seminole Hospital; Health Central Hospital, the Arnold Palmer Medical Center, which consists of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies; the UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, South Lake Hospital (50 percent affiliation); and St. Cloud Regional Medical Center (20 percent affiliation). Areas of clinical excellence are heart and vascular, cancer care, neurosciences, surgery, pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatology, and women’s health.
Nearly 3,000 physicians have privileges at Orlando Health, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with more than 15,000 employees who support our philosophy of providing high quality care and service that revolves around patients’ needs. We prove this everyday with over 100,000 inpatient admissions and nearly 900,000 outpatient visits each year. In all, Orlando Health serves 1.8 million Central Florida residents and more than 4,500 international patients annually. Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $270 million in support of community health needs. More information can be found at www.orlandohealth.com.
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