NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HCA (NYSE:HCA) today announced the appointment of Hugh Tappan as President of HCA’s South Atlantic Division effective January 1, 2015. Tappan replaces Jamie Thomas who recently announced his retirement.
As South Atlantic Division President, Tappan will have responsibility for 12 hospitals in three states, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of HCA’s Wesley Medical Center, a two campus facility in Wichita, Kansas. Tappan has been with HCA since 1994 when he joined the company as the Administrative Resident at Hughston Sports Medicine Center in Georgia. He subsequently served as the CEO of Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital for five years and as COO of Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado for two years before taking the helm at Wesley Medical Center in 2006.
He received a master’s in both health administration and business administration from The University of North Florida and a Bachelor of Science in finance from Florida State University in 1990. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children, three sons and a daughter.
“Hugh is a veteran HCA leader with over 20 years of experience in multiple markets,” said Chuck Hall, President of HCA’s National Group. “His operational and strategic insights, gained through progressively more responsible roles will be a tremendous asset to the National Group. We are pleased to welcome him to the South Atlantic Division.”
Thomas has been South Atlantic Division President since its inception in 2009. He began his healthcare career at Riverside Healthcare Association as an Assistant Administrator. He joined Charter Medical Corporation in 1983, rising to Senior Vice President of Operations, managing 25 behavioral hospitals. Thomas joined HCA in 1992 as VP of Operations at Coliseum Medical Center, later serving as CEO of several HCA facilities, including North Florida Regional Medical Center.
“Jamie has been an exceptional leader, a colleague, and friend for many years,” said Hall. “His efforts have driven operational and quality improvements across multiple hospitals. He has expanded services, improved quality and provided more access to care during some of the most challenging times in the healthcare industry. We will all miss him greatly, but wish him well as he moves to the next phase of life.”
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