Scott Raynes seems to believe that sometimes, the best move is the one that you dont make. Raynes, 42, has decided to remain as president and CEO of Northcrest Medical Center in Springfield, Tenn. Last month, Raynes had decided to head east to become senior vice president and administrator of WakeMed Cary (N.C.) Hospital, but Raynes said that he couldnt leave Northcrests unfinished business unfinished.
Northcrest bought 80 acres of land next to the hospital in order to build a senior-care development, with skilled nursing, assisted living and senior living all available, Raynes said. The economy slowed that down, but the project is going forward, he added. Northcrests board of trustees, Raynes said, also made a renewed pitch to keep him from taking the WakeMed job, which he was scheduled to begin May 4.
Its flattering and wonderful, Raynes said of the trustees effort to retain him. Deciding to stay at Northcrest is no reflection on WakeMed or its people, Raynes said. Im 42, and it certainly seemed like the right career move for me.
In a statement, WakeMed said, "We were disappointed to learn of Scott's decision. We wish he and his family well, and we plan to resume our recruiting efforts."