HCA Announces Retirements of Rutledge and Harms
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- October 26, 2012
HCA (NYSE: HCA) today announced the retirement of two of its senior
executives. W. Paul Rutledge, President of the company’s Central Group, and
Russell K. Harms, Chief Financial Officer of the Central Group, will retire
March 31, 2013. The Central Group is comprised of over 50 hospitals in the
U.S. and U.K.
Rutledge, who has been with HCA for over 30 years, joined the company in 1982
as Chief Operating Officer in the New Orleans market. His career with the
company has included a number of corporate and market positions, including
service as CEO of Centennial Medical Center, the flagship hospital of HCA’s
Nashville market, and Division President of TriStar, before assuming his
present position as Group President in 2005.
“After spending more than half my life with HCA, I look forward to the
opportunity for my wife and me to spend more time with our family, to do all
those things we think about doing if we just had the time,” Rutledge said. “My
experiences with HCA also will allow me to have a greater involvement in areas
of interest in the Nashville community, as well as medical missions with our
Harms began his 28-year career with the company as Controller at Spring Branch
Hospital in Houston. He subsequently served as facility CFO for three HCA
hospitals, Division CFO in three HCA divisions, and has been in his current
position since 2005.
Reflecting upon his career, Harms commented, “I have been extremely fortunate
to have worked with and for many outstanding leaders, and I feel blessed to
have had the opportunity to have been a part of the greatest healthcare
company in the world. I always have worked to ensure my leadership reflected
the company’s mission that above all else, we are committed to the care and
improvement of human life.”
Due to the two retirements, the company will streamline its operations
structure. The domestic divisions of the Central Group will be realigned into
the company’s existing National and Southwest operating groups. The Capital
Division will be assigned to the National Group, and both the TriStar and
MidAmerica Divisions will become part of the Southwest Group, to be renamed
the American Group. HCA International, which consists of the company’s London
hospitals and has been part of the Central Group, will report directly to Sam
Hazen, President of Operations for the company. This transition will take
place on January 1, 2013.
Commenting on the retirements, Hazen said, “Paul and Russ have been an
integral part of the HCA operations team for many years, and I am sad to see
them go. Their efforts have driven operations improvements and supported
strategic growth in all four divisions. They are exemplary individuals who
personify HCA’s values and culture of caring. On a personal note, I have
enjoyed working with them, I value their friendship and wish them the best as
they embark on this new exciting phase in their lives.”
All references to “Company” and “HCA” as used through this release refer to
HCA Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates.
Mark Kimbrough, 615-344-2688
Ed Fishbough, 615-344-2810
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