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.