Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, W.Va., has named David Darden CEO, effective May 1.
Darden returns to Raleigh General after serving as its COO and CEO from 1994 to 2001, when the hospital was owned by Nashville-based HCA. The facility is now part of LifePoint Hospitals
, Brentwood, Tenn.
Darden, 56, replaces Allen Peters, who stepped down in January because of health reasons, according to an e-mailed news release.
Darden most recently served as CEO of another LifePoint hospital, Clinch Valley Medical Center, Richlands, Va. Before that, he was COO of LifePoint's Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces, N.M.
He also has served as CEO of Bartow (Fla.) Memorial Hospital, part of Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla.