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Bayonet Point hospital gets new executive

There's a new CEO in town.

Steve Rector, 39, is the new president and chief executive officer of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Pasco County's second-largest hospital. He replaces David Williams, who left in December after four years at Bayonet Point to run another HCA-owned hospital in Richmond, Va.

"Bayonet Point is a fantastic organization," said Rector, who takes the reins today. "Anyone would be proud to sit in this seat I'm in."

The move puts Rector at the helm of a larger hospital within the HCA chain. For the past three years he's been the CEO of South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center, a facility with 112 beds. Bayonet Point is about 2 1/2 times larger, with 290 beds, and it has the largest center for open heart surgery on Florida's west coast.

"I'll be focusing on what the staff needs and what our patients need and trying to improve on those," Rector said.

Rector earned his undergraduate degree in health care administration from Western Kentucky University and received a master's degree, also in health care administration, from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

He worked at St. Thomas Health System in Nashville, Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City and North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville before his stint at South Bay Hospital.

Rector is on the board of governors of the Federation of American Hospitals and the board of the American Heart Association. He also is a Rotarian. He and his wife, Suzanne, have three children: Andrew, 9, Allyson, 7, and Wyatt, 5.