DADE CITY — It's official: Pasco Regional Medical Center has a new chief executive officer.
Phil Minden, the hospital's second-in-command, will take over for Gary Lang, who surprised board members when he resigned last week to pursue other ventures.
Minden, 33, who joined the hospital in 2008 as its associate administrator and was promoted to chief operating officer, holds a master's degree in health care administration from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City.
Minden was born in Fort Smith, Ariz. At the age of 10, his family moved to Midwest City, Okla.
Before coming to Pasco Regional, he was the assistant administrator of another Health Management Associates-owned facility, Sebastian River Medical Center, in Sebastian. He has seven years of experience as a senior leader in health care services. He will begin his new duties Monday.
Minden serves on the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a member of the Dade City Kiwanis Club. He lives in Dade City.
Lang, 56, served Pasco Regional Medical for a little more than a year.
Hospital board members 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.
Minden has been in the job for several years and was looking to leave so he could move up, Blommel said.
"It's unusual to promote the (second-in-command) to CEO at the same hospital," said Blommel. "But in this case it's the right thing to do."
The hospital recently broke ground 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. Health Management Associates is a for-profit company headquartered in Naples. The company owns and operates 54 hospitals in 15 states with about 8,000 licensed beds.