HUDSON — Steve Rector, who served as Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's chief executive officer for the past five years, has left the hospital to take a leadership role in another hospital chain.
Rector is now a vice president of operations for Community Health Systems' professional services corporation management team, overseeing Division 2 hospitals, according to the company's website. Community Health Systems is a for-profit Nashville-based company that owns, operates or leases more than 130 hospitals in 29 states, with a total of approximately 19,400 licensed beds. It does not operate any hospitals in Pasco County.
No one from Community Health Systems returned calls Thursday for comment.
Bayonet Point is owned by HCA, also based in Nashville. The for-profit chain is comprised of locally managed facilities and includes about 164 hospitals and 106 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and Great Britain, employing approximately 183,000.
An HCA spokeswoman confirmed Rector was no longer with the company but would not comment further, citing a company policy that forbids discussion about someone once he or she leaves the company.
His replacement has not yet been named.
Rector, 44, had held the Bayonet Point position since March 2006. While he was in charge, Bayonet Point sought state permission to be a level 2 trauma center, and last year announced a partnership with USF Health to provide trauma care as part of a statewide network.
Earlier in his tenure, he was at the center of a controversy involving the lingering review of nine cardiologists who lost their privileges in 2004 to perform angioplasties at Bayonet Point and sued HCA over their suspensions.
The cardiologists lost the privileges after the hospital initiated a review of its interventional cardiology program. At the time, an HCA representative told the Pasco Times that those doctors had in some cases performed unnecessary angioplasties, used the wrong stents to prop open arteries and used incorrect or inadequate medicine to treat coronary disease.
No state agency took any action against the doctors; a state website shows that none face any disciplinary action, and many of them have continued performing the procedures at other hospitals, including HCA-owned Community Hospital in New Port Richey. HCA backed Rector.
Rector is the second CEO to leave a Pasco hospital this month. Gary Lang left the helm of Pasco Regional Medical Center a few weeks ago to pursue other ventures. He was replaced by Phil Minden, the Dade City hospital's second-in-command.