WakeMed, Raleigh, N.C., has chosen William Atkinson II to be president and CEO of the two-campus, 726-bed system effective July 1. Atkinson, 49, is president and CEO of New Hanover Health Network, Wilmington, N.C. He will replace Raymond Champ, 62, who plans to retire in July after nearly 20 years with WakeMed. Most of Atkinson's hospital management career has been on the investor-owned side of the business, working for Humana, Louisville, Ky., and Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., Nashville, as a hospital administrator and development manager. In 1997 Atkinson was hired to lead New Hanover Regional Medical Center, then a stand-alone hospital. Under Atkinson, New Hanover purchased Cape Fear Hospital, Wilmington, for $98 million from Columbia/HCA and signed an operating agreement with county-owned, 68-bed Pender Memorial Hospital, Burgaw, N.C. The New Hanover and Cape Fear campuses have a total of 586 beds. -- by Vince Galloro
N.C. system names new CEO
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