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Dade City hospital team named

By CHASE SQUIRES

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 29, 2000


DADE CITY -- The incoming owners of Dade City's Pasco Community Hospital announced the facility's new management team Friday, as well as the departure of administrator William Buck.

Tennessee-based HCA announced in June it was selling the 120-bed hospital to Health Management Associates, a company based in Naples that specializes in small hospitals in rural markets.

The sale is not set to close until Aug. 18, but newly selected administrator Andrew C. Knizley and chief financial officer Rosemary Brewer have been on site this week, analyzing computer systems and the hospital's operations, according to hospital director of business development Julie Pacheco.

Knizley, 37, most recently served as executive directorof Williamson

Memorial Hospital, a 76-bed acute care hospital in a West Virginia mountain town of about 4,200 that bills itself as the "Heart of the Billion-Dollar Coal Field." The town is on the West Virginia-Kentucky border.

Brewer has been working as the financial officer at Natchez Community Hospital in Natchez, Miss., a city of about 20,000 in western Mississippi. She replaces Pasco Community Hospital chief financial officer Martha Finfrock.

Knizley and Brewer are expected to start work here when the sale of the hospital is complete, Pacheco said. Neither was available for comment Friday.

Buck, 49, joined Pasco Community Hospital in October 1998 as a 20-year health care veteran. He quickly became a regular at community events and civic groups such as Rotary.

Hospital board member Brent Sutton said he had not met Knizley but was sad to see Buck leave. "Bill Buck has been outstanding for this hospital and this community. We're really going to miss him."

Board chairwoman Nancy McClain Alfonso was out of town Friday, but earlier she said the sale of Pasco Community Hospital would be good for the community.

The hospital, she said, will be with a company that specializes in rural hospitals. Dade City would no longer have to compete with larger siblings for attention from corporate headquarters, she said.

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