Hospital names new CEO

Published 9:53 am Wednesday, October 6, 2010

FRANKLIN—Phil A. Wright II will take over as the chief executive officer of Southampton Memorial Hospital on Nov. 1.

Phil A. Wright II

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said Tuesday. “I feel like it’s an honor and a privilege to serve this community.”

Wright will replace David Fuller, who was promoted to CEO at North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, Fla.

Wright has served as an assistant CEO at Southside Regional Medical Center, a 300-bed hospital in Petersburg, since 2007. Southside Regional, like Southampton Memorial, is operated by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems.

“Through teamwork and attention to detail, Southampton Memorial Hospital has a great reputation for excellence in patient care and patient satisfaction,” Wright said. “As I come on board, my focus will be on quickly developing solid working relationships with the board of trustees, physicians, employees and volunteers to sustain this focus on providing high-quality health care for the community.”

Wright said he’s confident the success of Southampton Memorial Hospital will continue because of the quality of the employees.

At Southside Regional, Wright is responsible for overall operations, strategic planning and business development. He has been directly involved in physician recruitment, community engagement and board of trustees relations.

Before coming to Southside Regional, Wright served as a clinical director and a strategic business coordinator for Tuomey Healthcare System in Sumter, S.C.

Wright started his health-care career as a respiratory therapist and brings more than 11 years of experience in the health-care industry.

“Phil brings the skills and experience we need to sustain our high standards for quality and patient service,” said Charles Wrenn, chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees. “We are excited to welcome Phil and his family to our hospital and the Franklin community.”

Wright and his wife, Marcie, have two sons and live in suburban Richmond. He said the family plans to move to the community.

Assistant CEO Kim Marks will continue to serve as interim CEO until Wright assumes his new position.