University Health Systems has named Harvey Case president of Beaufort Hospital.
Case, formerly the president of Duplin General Hospital in Kenansville, will take his new position at Beaufort on Sept. 1.
UHS leaders cited Case's experience with health care in eastern North Carolina in announcing the position.
"Harvey has a rich background in health care in this region," said Roger Robertson, president of East Carolina Health, the UHS subsidiary that oversees the system's regional hospitals. "Wherever he has gone at UHS, we have seen improved access to care, better quality and strong financial performance."
Case's new mission bears similarities to the work he did at DGH, the last hospital to join UHS before Beaufort.
He became DGH president in January 2007, shortly before a management agreement with UHS took effect. He helmed DGH as it became a full UHS member in October 2010.
Under Case, DGH was a system leader in quality, earning national recognition for infection reduction and medication reconciliation.
Access to subspecialty care in Duplin County improved during Case's tenure, and DGH developed its first hospitalist program.
Internally, Case led efforts at DGH to improve leadership development and launched a senior leadership rounding program to improve communication between staff and executives.
Prior to leading DGH, Case served as vice president for finance and operations of East Carolina Health, the UHS subsidiary which oversees management of the system's regional hospitals.
During his tenure with ECH, he led efforts to standardize financial reporting and goal-setting among the system's regional hospitals.
During Case's five years as ECH vice president for finance and operations, the UHS regional hospitals underwent a financial transformation, starting with a significant operating loss in 2001 to generating strong operating performances in the outer years.
Case also previously served as chief financial officer of Heritage Hospital in Tarboro and interim chief financial officer of The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head.
Case holds master's and bachelor's degrees from East Carolina University. He is a certified public accountant and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
"I am very excited to be a part of the Beaufort County community," Case said. "Beaufort is a great health care system with a tradition of service, and I look forward to carrying on that tradition."
Susan Gerard, who has served as CEO since July 2010, will remain on the Beaufort Hospital leadership team as the senior director of growth and clinical services.
"We look forward to our continued work with Susan and the other leaders," Case said. "Susan's expertise and guidance during the last few months helped us tremendously with the due diligence process. We are excited to have her as part of the UHS family."
Gerard previously served as a medical practice administrator.
"I am excited to continue to work with the team here at Beaufort as a member of the UHS family. I appreciate the hard work, diligence and patience of our staff and the physician community as we have traveled this journey," Gerard said. "UHS is a mission-driven organization committed to keeping high-quality care in Beaufort County. I, along with the Beaufort staff, am looking forward to working with Harvey and being a part of the future of health care in this region."
Beaufort Regional Health System board chair Alice Sadler praised Gerard's leadership.
"Susan stepped into a leadership role during a challenging time. She has a long history with the health system and her efforts made it easier for staff to work through this process," Sadler said. "I appreciate the fine job that she has done for us. Her past experience with the hospital equipped her to handle matters with insight that someone without her history would have used valuable time to learn. I'm certain she will continue to be an asset to the organization."