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Grand Strand Regional CEO to Retire

June 04, 2013

Myrtle Beach, SC - Grand Strand Regional Medical Center CEO Doug White announced his retirement to hospital staff members late Monday, June 3.  He will continue his role until a new CEO is hired. 

“I have many treasured relationships and friendships from the past 18 years.  My goal is to retire while healthy enough to enjoy other aspects of life outside of the hospital and spend more time with family and friends,” said White.

White joined Grand Strand Regional in 1995 and has led the hospital through unprecedented growth in staff and services. Under his leadership, 180 physicians have joined the medical staff, the hospital has grown from 172 beds to 269 beds and many outpatient facilities were opened including South Strand Medical Center.

The hospital’s heart surgery program, which started in 1995, has prospered and has been ranked number one in SC by Healthgrades for the past four years. The hospital attained certification as a Level II trauma center in 2012, the only American College of Surgeons verified Level II trauma center in South Carolina. The development plan for the trauma program has become a model for other HCA facilities. In addition, the hospital has seen multiple expansions including the opening of the three story heart center and expanded emergency department in 2011.

White’s passion for community service and involvement are reflected in his volunteer positions in the community.  He has served as president, vice president and an executive committee member of United Way and currently serves as allocations chair.  He has served on the boards of Mercy Hospice and SharedCare and as a past deacon at Ocean View Baptist Church.

White has held a variety of positions with HCA, Grand Strand Regional’s parent company, since 1981. Prior to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, White served as CEO at the Medical Center of Port St. Lucie, Port St. Lucie, FL. He also served in administrative positions at Columbus County Hospital, Whiteville, NC, and HCA Vista Hills Medical Center, El Paso, TX.

Originally from Riegelwood, NC, White and his wife, Anita White, have six children.

“My children were young when we moved to Myrtle Beach and now the youngest is in college,” said White.  “My family and I have enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy, being a part of this community.  I have been fortunate to work with wonderful physicians, hospital staff and volunteers during my 18 years and to meet many patients and their families. It is very satisfying to have been a part of Grand Strand Regional as we have worked together for a common goal - to bring a higher quality healthcare and a wider scope of services to this community.”

“Healthcare will always be people oriented and I know that I am leaving Grand Strand Regional in good hands, with a staff that will make the right decisions for the patient and always with care and compassion,” added White.

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