New Market CEO Appointed to Oversee Strategic Development at Peace River and Charlotte Regional Medical Centers
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL (May 3, 2012 by Danielle Dreher) - Peace River Regional Medical Center and Charlotte Regional Medical Center are pleased to announce that Richard (Ricky) Satcher has assumed a newly created role, Market Chief Executive Officer, for the two hospitals, overseeing the ongoing development of healthcare in Charlotte County and the surrounding areas.
Satcher will be working closely with both hospitals’ local Boards of Directors, medical staff leadership, and CEOs José Morillo of Charlotte Regional and Joe Clancy of Peace River, who will continue to oversee day-to-day operations at their respective hospitals.
“We’re delighted to welcome such a seasoned healthcare leader to the community,” said Health Management’s South Florida Division CEO, Kathy Burke. “Bringing Ricky on board to this new position is an important next step in our efforts towards a more collaborative system approach between the two hospitals that will help position them to serve the community for decades to come.”
Satcher brings more than 35 years of hospital administration experience to the two hospitals, including leadership of multiple-hospital systems. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of Largo Medical Center in Largo, FL, where he led the two-campus teaching hospital to new heights in market share growth. Satcher earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Management from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.
In his new role, Satcher will be responsible for facilitating the development of collaborative strategies to ensure both hospitals are meeting the healthcare needs of Charlotte County and delivering the highest quality care available on both sides of the river. Additionally, he will assist in identifying future healthcare needs of the region in an effort to assist cities and county government officials in their healthcare planning.
“Charlotte County offers excellent healthcare options close to home for patients, and I am excited about the opportunity to work with these two respected hospitals,” said Satcher. “I will be spending the next several weeks and months talking with our employees, medical staffs, board members and community leaders to learn more about the healthcare needs in the community and also about ways our hospitals can more closely work together for the benefit of our patients.”
The efforts for the two hospitals to collaborate more began with the move and expansion of the award-winning cardiac program from Charlotte Regional to Peace River Regional in January 2012.
“Opening the state-of-the-art Peace River Heart Institute not only allowed for closer coordination on cardiac services between our hospitals, but it also enabled us to expand cardiac services in Charlotte County,” said Clancy. “I look forward to working with Ricky and Charlotte Regional to identify additional opportunities similar to our new approach in delivering top-notch cardiac services to patients in this region.”
Morillo echoed these sentiments, saying, “The recent cardiac expansion to Peace River is allowing Charlotte Regional to expand other service lines to better meet the growing healthcare demands in the region. Working with Ricky and Peace River, we can expect more strategic collaboration like this in the future.”
About Peace River Regional Medical Center
Founded in 1962 by a group of local physicians, Peace River Regional Medical Center is a 254-bed Joint Commission Accredited full-service hospital located in Port Charlotte. Recognized locally as a leading healthcare provider, Peace River is offers a full-continuum of care to patients in Charlotte County. In 2012, the state-of-the-art Peace River Heart Institute opened on the main hospital campus. Peace River Heart Institute is Charlotte County’s only full-service cardiac center, offering a full spectrum if interventional cardiac services, including open heart surgery.
About Charlotte Regional Medical Center
Located in Punta Gorda, Charlotte Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital dedicated to abiding by the mission of: Caring professionals dedicated to serving our community. Founded in 1947, 208-bed Charlotte Regional is Joint Commission Accredited and an award-winning hospital, with stroke services, orthopedics and respiratory programs earning national distinction.