HCA, Nashville, promoted Charles Evans to president of the company's Eastern group of about 100 hospitals. Evans, 57, replaces Jay Grinney, who left HCA to become chief executive officer of HealthSouth Corp. HCA has two groups of hospitals, Eastern and Western, with several divisions. Evans joined the then-Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. in 1995. He became president of HCA's mid-America division in 1998 and was promoted to president of the Southeast division, which includes 18 hospitals in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, in 2001. Before joining HCA, Evans was an executive with Community Hospitals Indianapolis. During a 15-year career with the system, which now has five hospitals, Evans rose to executive vice president and chief operating officer. He began his career as a counselor and social worker. Evans is a member of the board of governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives. HCA owns or operates 191 hospitals, including seven in 50-50 joint ventures. -- by Vince Galloro
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