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Spotsylvania hospital adds managers

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has hired nine additional managers. The new HCA hospital now has aboutSRMC 20 managers on board.

None of the managers hired so far was a manager for MediCorp Health System or its Mary Washington Hospital. It appears that Spotsylvania Regional prefers to go to organizations outside the region, especially to other HCA hospitals, for its leaders. The new hospital will begin hiring clinical staff, such as nurses, early next year. The hospital expects to employ about 400 people when it opens in June.

The new hires include:

Bill Groben, a 19-year HCA veteran, who will lead pharmacy services.  He was most recently pharmacy director for Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond.

Ruby Higgins is the new leader of critical care services. She will be responsible for the intensive care unit, post anesthesia care unit and telemetry. She joins Spotsylvania from INOVA outpatient services in Franconia-Springfield.

Rich Hill has spent the past five years at HCA’s Dominion Hospital and Reston Hospital Center in Northern Virginia. He will be manager of supply chain services.

Cecil Jackson is the new manager of information technology services. He has worked with HCA for the past three years as the consulting division network engineer. He was responsible for the computer networks at 14 hospitals and 31 imaging centers.

Jeff Lasher will be leader of fiscal services. He comes to the Spotsylvania hospital from Henrico Doctors’ Hospital where he had a similar role.

Shakira Mitchell is the new manager for medical staff services. Previously, she credentialed physicians into the Centene health plan in South Carolina and Georgia.

Carol Owen is the new manager of women’s and children’s services. Most recently, she was administrative director of nursing at Valley Baptist Hospital in Southern Texas.

Liz Smith is Spotsylvania’s new emergency services manager. A nurse of 13 years, she recently relocated from Boston where she was patient care director for St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.

Lauren Tobias will be manager of patient access. She will be responsible for patient registrations, admissions and patient accounts. She comes from HCA Richmond Shared Services, where she managed the outpatient service coordinator department.

(The photo above was taken in September of the new Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.)



  • taxpayer

    Is HCA going to have a full nursing staff at the new hospital when there is already a nurse shortage and MWH cannot fill the already open positions. And believe or not MWH offers excellent hiring incentives.