The head of HCA Healthcare's government relations team is retiring after 47 years with the investor-owned hospital chain.
Vic Campbell, HCA's senior vice president of government relations, will step down Feb. 29, 2020, the company announced Thursday. Nashville-based HCA has tapped a longtime Federation of American Hospitals lobbyist to take over the role.
Four years after Campbell joined the company's finance department in 1972, he launched its investor relations function, which he led until October 2018. He was named senior vice president in 1994, one year before being named one of the country's "Top 10 Investor Relations Officers" by Institutional Investor magazine. HCA picked Campbell to run its government relations team in 1997.
During his tenure at HCA, Campbell served three terms as chairman of the Federation of American Hospitals and on the board of the American Hospital Association from 1995 to 2000. He also served as a board member for the Nashville Health Care Council.
"We thank Vic for his dedicated service to HCA Healthcare over the years, and we appreciate his many contributions to our success and growth during his time with the company," HCA's CEO, Sam Hazen, said in a statement. "He has been a long-time colleague and exceptional representative of the organization. Over the years, he has been an invaluable counselor to the CEOs of the company. We wish him all the best in retirement."
Campbell, who was not available for comment, will be replaced by Jeff Cohen effective Oct. 1. For the past 20 years, Cohen has worked for the Federation of American Hospitals, most recently as executive vice president of public affairs. In that role, he acted as the association's chief lobbyist.
"Having spent the majority of his career in Washington, D.C., Jeff brings a wealth of experience and leadership that will ensure our company is well-represented in legislative discussions at both the federal and state levels," Hazen said.