DADE CITY — After serving for a little more than a year, Gary Lang has resigned as chief executive officer of Pasco Regional Medical Center.
Lang, 56, announced his resignation last week to pursue other business interests, hospital spokeswoman Susan Frimmel said. She said his departure was voluntary.
"It was his decision," she said, adding that Lang has a history of entrepreneurship.
The announcement surprised hospital board members, who had been pleased with Lang's performance, said Ed Blommel, a hospital board member and retired Tampa Electric Co. executive.
"He was going out on some business ventures of his own," Blommel said.
The hospital has not announced a replacement, but board members were expected to promote Phil Minden, the hospital's chief operating officer and second-in-command.
"It's unusual to promote the (second-in-command) to CEO at the same hospital," Blommel said. "But in this case, it's the right thing to do."
Minden has been in the job for several years and was looking to leave so he could move up, Blommel said.
The hospital recently broke ground on an emergency room expansion that will triple the size of its ER space and double the number of exam rooms.
Lang came to the 120-bed hospital in Dade City a year ago to replace Stan Holm, who was transferred to a larger hospital in his home state of Oklahoma.
For two years, Lang led Walton Regional Medical Center, a 77-bed hospital in Monroe, Ga. He broke ground on a new facility, expanded the size of the medical staff and added neonatal coverage to the birth center. Lang holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Mississippi State University and a master's in hospital and health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Both Dade City and Walton hospitals are owned by Health Management Associates, a for-profit company headquartered in Naples. The publicly traded company owns and operates 54 hospitals in 15 states with about 8,000 licensed beds.