A hospital turnaround specialist and a former accountant for Triad Hospitals are part of an executive leadership team tasked with transforming the troubled Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Washington, into a multispecialty medical campus.
Gary Rowe, who has helmed hospitals in Florida, Indiana, Kansas and Missouri, has been named the chief executive officer for the 303-bed hospital, and Barry Harding, who previously was in charge of financial operations for hospitals in Alaska, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas, has been named chief financial officer.
Specialty Hospitals of America acquired Greater Southeast on Nov. 7 from Envision Hospital Corp. in a $79 million deal that courted controversy because the price tag included the use of public funds. For its part, Specialty Hospitals pledged to city officials that it would overhaul the facility, turning what was once a system that had struggled to keep its Joint Commission accreditation into a medical campus that would include primary care, outpatient surgery, ambulatory care and skilled nursing and long-term-care services.
Specialty Hospitals President Eric Rieseberg, in a written statement, lauded Rowe, saying, We are placing all of our corporate Specialty Hospitals resources at his disposal to initiate and execute the ambitious redevelopment plans we will orchestrate at Greater Southeast. -- by Matthew DoBias