BAYONET POINT — Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has a new administrative chief, and he has family connections.
C. Shayne George, 43, currently the administrator at Doctors Hospital of Augusta, Ga., has been tapped to replace Steve Rector, who resigned after five years at the 290-bed hospital to work for a rival hospital chain in Nashville.
George, a graduate of Auburn University and Georgia State University, was named chief executive at the 350-bed Doctors Hospital in 2004 after joining the hospital in 1999 as chief operating officer. During that time, Doctors Hospital underwent a $55 million renovation that included a new entrance and lobby and a three-story tower that added 24 intensive care units and a 24-bed Joint and Spine Center, according to the Augusta Chronicle.
Like Bayonet Point, Doctors Hospital is part of Hospital Corporation of America, also known as HCA. The Nashville-based, for-profit chain is composed of locally managed facilities and includes about 164 hospitals and 106 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and Great Britain, employing approximately 183,000. George's father, Carl, was a top administrator at HCA. In 1977, Carl George was sent to Sydney, Australia, to start Hospital Corporation of Australia.
Shayne George's last day at Doctors Hospital will be May 31.
"It is with mixed emotion that I announce that I have accepted a new CEO appointment in HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) and will transfer from Doctors Hospital to Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point," George said in a news release issued by Doctors Hospital.
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 it announced a partnership with USF Health to provide trauma care as part of a statewide network.
George is the second new CEO named recently to an area hospital and the second new top executive at Bayonet Point. He joins Beemal Shah, 27, who in March was named chief operating officer at the west Pasco hospital.
In April, Gary Lang left the helm of Pasco Regional Medical Center to pursue other ventures. He was replaced by Phil Minden, 33, the Dade City hospital's second-in-command.