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Hospital names its latest executive

The incoming leader of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point says he is committed to staying. His predecessor announced his resignation after only six months.

By JENNIFER GOLDBLATT

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 21, 2001


BAYONET POINT -- Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has named a new chief executive -- its third in the past year.

David Williams, 42, will head the 290-bed hospital, which is owned by HCA -- The Healthcare Co. Williams currently is chief executive for Montgomery Regional Hospital, a 146-bed HCA hospital in Blacksburg, Va.

He replaces William Downey, who came to Bayonet Point in October and announced his resignation six months later. Downey replaced Don Griffin, the chief executive who abruptly resigned in September after 31/2 years there.

During his five-year tenure at Montgomery General, Williams oversaw an expansion of the birthing center and the ambulatory center. Just two months ago, the hospital kicked off a $4.8-million expansion to triple the size of its intensive care unit and add more room for diagnostic and women's services.

Before that job, Williams spent nine years as chief operating officer at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, an HCA hospital in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Before that, he spent four years as a resident and assistant administrator Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. He holds a master's degree in health care administration from Tulane University. Williams grew up in Vero Beach.

The appeal of the position at Bayonet Point was "the great progressive medical staff," Williams said. "My challenge is keeping up what they've already put in place and building on it."

When asked about the quick turnover of the position, Williams stressed that he was coming to Bayonet Point to stay.

"I wouldn't be doing this unless I was committed for an extended period of time, and in making a contribution," he said. "I suspect that stability is on everyone's mind, and I can assure you I'm committed to this organization."

Williams said he expects to join Bayonet Point next month. He will bring his wife, Beth, and his 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. Downey leaves Bayonet Point at the end of this week to be executive vice president of Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Va.

-- Staff researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report.

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