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Donald R. Gintzig Named WakeMed President & CEO

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 27, 2014) – The WakeMed Health & Hospitals Board of Directors is pleased to announce Donald R. Gintzig as WakeMed’s new president & CEO.  Gintzig, who has been serving in the interim role since October 2013, was selected from multiple well-qualified candidates following an inclusive nationwide search. The search process was led by a nine- person committee and included input from more than 400 internal and community-based stakeholders.

“In addition to having the right credentials, Donald’s leadership style has proven to be a good fit with the culture of our organization.  He has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to WakeMed’s mission, patient and family-centered care, physician engagement, fiscal stewardship and the health of our community,” commented William H. McBride, chair, WakeMed Board of Directors.  “We believe Donald is the right leader to ensure WakeMed remains the preferred provider of health care in Wake County and is able to deliver upon its vitally important mission for years to come.”

“I am humbled and honored to be chosen to lead this extraordinary organization which is devoted to improving the health and wellbeing of our community while building upon the legacy of those preceding me,” commented Gintzig. “Our patients and their families dignify us by choosing us at times when they are most vulnerable, and WakeMed is blessed to have an exceptionally talented team of physicians, volunteers, caregivers and support associates who embody our mission every day.”

Gintzig, a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his military career where he oversaw more than 150,000 navy personnel (active and reserve), 40 military treatment facilities and 200+ clinics, and budgets of more than $7 billion. He began his career in private sector health care in 1983 and has served as CEO for not-for-profit, faith-based and for-profit health systems including United Health Group, Minneapolis, Minn.,  St. Thomas Health Services, Nashville, Tenn.,  and The Pottsville Hospital and Warne Clinic, Pottsville, Penn.,  among others.  Gintzig earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C.  The 919f-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties.  Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, emergency and trauma, physical rehab and specialization in orthopaedics and neurosciences.  Specialty facilities include the WakeMed Heart Center, Children’s Hospital, Women’s Pavilion and Birthplace, Rehabilitation Hospital, Adult and Children’s Emergency Departments and a Level 1 Trauma Center.  Locally based and community owned, WakeMed exists for the health of the community and is committed to a variety of health and wellness improvement programs.  WakeMed’s team of more than 8,300 employees, 1,500 volunteers, more than 1,200 affiliated physicians, and 255 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care.




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