David Strong named president of Rex Healthcare

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – David W. Strong, chief operating officer of Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., has been named president of Rex Healthcare in Raleigh.

July 21, 2004

David Strong named president of Rex Healthcare
 
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – David W. Strong, chief operating officer of Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., has been named president of Rex Healthcare in Raleigh.

The appointment was approved Monday by the UNC Health Care System board of directors. UNC Health Care is the parent organization of Rex Healthcare.

Strong will begin his new duties after Labor Day. He replaces Gary L. Park, who was named president of UNC Hospitals earlier this year, and will report to Park.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Strong to Rex and the UNC Health Care family,” said Gary Park, president of UNC Hospitals. 

“We believe that with Mr. Strong’s extensive health care experience and focus on exceptional patient, employee and physician relations, Rex will be well-positioned for continued success in the future,” said Dr. Richard Myers, general surgeon and chairman of the Rex Healthcare Board of Trustees.

As COO at Mercy, a 400-bed regional referral center with a freestanding cardiac hospital, Strong was responsible for a cultural change that focused on providing exceptional patient care, attaining superior patient satisfaction scores, the development of strong physician relations, improving fiscal responsibility and improving hospital staff retention. During his tenure, the hospital opened three urgent care centers, expanded a 54-bed rehabilitation unit, brought Positron Emissions Tomography (PET) diagnostic capabilities to the hospital and increased the number of MRI and CT scanners.  He also coordinated the completion of a $7.5 million patient floor renovation.

Strong began his health care career at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La., where he had served as an administrative resident. He held various positions at Our Lady of the Lake, serving as both vice president of Operations and Ambulatory Care and executive vice president. He joined Mercy Health Center as chief operating officer in 2000. 

Other leadership positions Strong has held include chair of the Oklahoma Hospital Association Communication Council, member of the Oklahoma Heart Hospital Board of Directors, member of the Oklahoma Community Healthcare Alliance and member of the Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council of the American Hospital Association. He received the Up & Comer award in 2003 from Modern Healthcare magazine and earned the Oklahoma City 40 Under 40 Award and the Baton Rouge 40 Under 40 award in 2002 and 1999, respectively.  He also served on the Baton Rouge YMCA Board of Directors, as Regional Hospital Division chair of the Baton Rouge Capital Area United Way and was recognized by the Baton Rouge Jaycees with the Outstanding Young Man Award in 1998.

Strong received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma and a Master of Hospital and Health Administration degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Note:  A downloadable photo of Strong is available at: http://www.unchealthcare.org/images/strong.jpg
UNC media contact: Stephanie Crayton-Robinson, (919) 966-2860,                
Rex media contact: David Coulter, (919) 784-2242

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