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Bay Medical Sacred Heart Welcomes New President and CEO

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It's been just over a year since Bay Medical Center was purchased by Sacred Heart and IHP Hospital Group. Now a new CEO takes the helm.

Barry Keel is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Bay Medical Sacred Heart.  He was the guest of honor at a media briefing and luncheon today.

Keel brings in more then 17 years experience in the medical industry. He's been both a Chief Financial Officer and a clinical director.  Originally from Alabama, Keel has worked in both not-for-profit and for-profit settings throughout the southeast. Keel says his priority is to develop relationships in the community and take a team approach to the care of patients.

"Knowing that I am on the ground understanding what is going on on a day to day bases and I have a relationship with our local staff here that they can reach out to me at any time so that I can better under stand the issues that we deal with on a day to day basses," says Keel.

Keel has been in place now for a few weeks. He says he does not anticipate any staff cutbacks at the hospital.