Singletary retiring as CEO of Maria Parham

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

The CEO of Maria Parham Medical Center is retiring after nine years.

Bob Singletary’s last day at the hospital is Dec. 5.

The Whiteville native arrived at Maria Parham with about 30 years of experience shortly after former CEO Michael Shields resigned in April 2005 because of illness.

Under Singletary’s leadership, the hospital:

• Became the first in North Carolina to become strategic partners with Duke LifePoint Healthcare;

• Added more than new 30 physicians and specialists to its roster;

• Implemented an antibiotic stewardship program, stressing a clean environment free of diseases and infections;

• Opened a cancer center;

• Ranked in the top 25 hospitals for quality and patient satisfaction by the Business North Carolina magazine; and

• Received local and national recognition for patient care and safety.

Singletary said in a statement Monday he was pleased with the past years’ accomplishments.

“It is personally rewarding to leave MPMC on a high point — as strong and successful as it has ever been in its history and, as a Duke Life Point hospital, well positioned for continued growth and success in the future,” he said in the release.

The hospital will name an interim CEO shortly, while a national search is conducted to fill the position permanently.

Stuart Litvin, Vance County economic development director, said he would miss Singletary, a fellow Yankees supporter. Singletary is a strategic partner of the Economic Development Commission.

“Personally, I know that the board is sad to see him retire, but we wish him well,” he said. “He certainly made the medical center available to them for the board meetings, and we are thankful for that.”

Singletary plans to continue consultant work at Duke LifePoint Healthcare.

Victor Giovanetti, eastern group chief operating officer of LifePoint Hospitals and Duke LifePoint Healthcare, wished Singletary good luck in a statement Monday.

“He has been instrumental in building a strong foundation for the future of this hospital and has been an advocate for the community he serves,” he said in the release. “We congratulate him on his many accomplishments, and we look forward to his continued contributions to our organization as he moves into this new chapter in his personal and professional life.”

 

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