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Business briefcase

Profile: Robert Conroy Jr.

By FRED W. WRIGHT JR.
Published June 19, 2006


PREVIOUS POSITION: Chief operating officer, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson

 Robert Conroy Jr. says he can never allow himself to feel comfortable in his administrative role as president and chief executive officer of St. Petersburg General Hospital.

Health care is an ever-changing, ever-growing industry.

"The aging population and also the resources available to take care of people's medical problems will expand," he said.

Since March, Conroy has been meeting the large staff and often the patients who have become his administrative responsibilities. Conroy's role makes him responsible for the administration of the facility, services and strategic planning.

St. Petersburg General is licensed for 219 beds, Conroy said, and the hospital averages 9,000 admissions a year, with about 32,000 emergency room contacts a year. About 350 physicians and 700 other employees are on staff.

"For the first several months, you orient yourself to the facility, getting to know the medical staff, the employees, getting a feel for the services the hospital provides," Conroy said, "and then look at its strategic plans for going forward. Then you want to make sure the hospital is providing the services that the community needs and bringing forth the resources to do that."

Conroy said he has many customers, not just patients.

"On a given day, you have as customers your employees and your physicians who use the facility," he said. "We have patient contact on a day-to-day basis. It can be through following up on patient concerns or, from time to time, calling patients.

"I think you'll find most administrators try to stay as close to the patient as possible," he said.

"I think I gravitate toward a service industry," he added. "Probably, there's no service that is closer to the community than health care. It's a very good industry to be involved with."

Born in Philadelphia, Conroy grew up in the Midwest and New England. His father was in advertising and the family moved frequently to metropolitan areas. Conroy and his wife, Kathy, live in Oldsmar. They have two adult children, Shelley and Dana, "both out on their own."

An avid golfer, Conroy, 56, said he also likes to paint and sketch. He usually designs the hospital Christmas card.

"That's a tradition for most of the hospitals I've been in," he said. The cards go to hospital employees and staff, Conroy said, but visitors to his office have a chance to see his artwork. His office walls are decorated with cards from Christmases past.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS2000-2006:

Chief operating officer, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson.1999-2000: Chief operating officer, Community Hospital of New Port Richey.1995-1999: Chief operating officer, then vice president of operations, Bon Secours St. Joseph Hospital, Port Charlotte.1984-1994: Vice president, then chief operating officer, Northeast Medical Center, Concord, N.C.1982-1984: Associate administrator, Portsmouth General Hospital, Portsmouth, Va.1978-1982: Administrator, Franklin Memorial Hospital, Rocky Mount, Va.1978: Master's degree, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond.1975: Evening administrator, Roanoke (Va.) Memorial Hospital.1972-75: Second lieutenant, U.S. Army.1972: Bachelor's degree in economics, Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Va.

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