WakeMed News Releases

May 19, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. (May 19, 2010) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals today announces Thomas G. Gettinger will join the system as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) on June 28.

Gettinger joins us from Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, NC, a five-hospital, 1,168-bed system with more than 7,000 employees. During his nearly 20-year tenure at Moses Cone, Gettinger served in numerous leadership positions, including his most recent role as executive vice president for the Moses Cone Health System and president of Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, a 546-bed hospital in Greensboro.

As EVP and COO for WakeMed, Gettinger will be responsible for the overall performance of all facilities in the health system including planning, financial and operational performance, and will serve as the daily advisor to the CEO on all matters.

Following a comprehensive national search, Gettinger was selected for his demonstrated expertise in running a comparable health system in North Carolina, with similar services, strengths and opportunities. He brings years of operational leadership expertise in numerous service areas, including cardiovascular and women’s services, among others. Among his numerous major accomplishments, Gettinger recently led the planning and design for Moses Cone’s largest construction project in history, and helped the system achieve dramatic growth in key service line areas such as orthopaedics and neurosciences. He also has an outstanding track record for raising patient satisfaction in many hospitals throughout his career, and is highly regarded for building strong relationships with both employees and physicians.

“We are looking forward to Tom joining us here at WakeMed. He has a wonderful range of leadership experience within one of North Carolina’s finest health care systems, Moses Cone,” comments Dr. Bill Atkinson, WakeMed president and CEO. “As you would expect, there was great interest in the WakeMed COO position. We had an opportunity to speak with a large number of highly qualified and experienced candidates. Tom was a standout choice amongst a highly qualified, widely experienced, and stellar group of health care leaders. We believe Tom will be a leader who will contribute greatly to WakeMed’s operations and have a positive impact on health care access, cost and quality locally and across the state.”

Gettinger holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in health administration from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals, one of the first hospital systems in the country, is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties, including: a Level I Trauma Center and tertiary referral hospital and rehabilitation hospital in Raleigh, a community hospital in Cary, comprehensive outpatient centers and freestanding emergency departments in North Raleigh and Apex, seven outpatient rehabilitation sites, two skilled-nursing and outpatient facilities, an ambulatory surgery center, a 100+-physician multispecialty practice, and home health services. The system includes accredited Chest Pain Centers and Joint Commission-certified Stroke Centers. Throughout the system, there are an additional 60 beds under construction and 41 newly approved by the state. WakeMed also provides management services for Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, NC. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopaedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, including but not limited to nurses, technologists and medical support staff, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies and facilities to ensure the finest in health care.

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