ASHEBORO - The Board of Directors of Randolph Hospital announced today that it has named Steven E. Eblin as its next Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1. Eblin succeeds Robert E. Morrison, who announced his retirement in October 2011.
Samuel D. Cranford, Jr., Chairman of the hospital’s Board of Directors, said, “I am pleased to announce the decision of the Board of Directors to name Steve Eblin as CEO of Randolph Hospital. He is an extraordinary individual who has served this hospital well for over 18 years. I am confident he will continue to do so for many years to come.”
Eblin has been the Vice President of Corporate Planning and Development with Randolph Hospital since 1993. During that time, he has overseen a variety of functions on behalf of the hospital, including leading five strategic planning processes which have lead to improved quality and new service development including Randolph Cancer Center, a Hospitalist Service, a comprehensive Orthopedic Service and the creation of Central Piedmont Surgery Center. Eblin has also had responsibility for physician recruitment increasing the medical staff from 41 to 199, physician practice development with the creation of Randolph Medical Associates and Randolph Specialty Group, accounting for 25 providers in a variety of specialties, quality improvement through LEAN processes, public relations, and facility development including the construction of a new Emergency Department, Rehabilitation Department and a free-standing MRI facility.
Cranford continued, “Steve has been an integral part of an excellent management team which has guided the hospital through unprecedented expansion of services and recognition as one of the best community hospitals in the state. In his new role as CEO, I feel certain that even in these uncertain times, he is the right person to lead Randolph Hospital in a way that will enable the hospital to continue to deliver healthcare services to the citizens of Randolph and surrounding counties. His honesty and integrity, his work ethic, and his desire to seek out all options and opinions have gained him the respect of the medical community, as well as the hospital family and the communities the hospital serves.”
Eblin was chosen as CEO through a process in which a Succession Committee of the Board of Directors reviewed applications from across the country, determined who would be interviewed, and conducted the interview process. The committee was chaired by Glenn ‘Mac’ Pugh. Other members of the committee were Cranford, Robert L. Dough, MD, Michael C. Miller, and Samuel A. Rankin.
“I want to thank the members of the Succession Committee for the extraordinary amount of time they spent and the thoroughness with which they reviewed and evaluated the large number of excellent candidates who submitted applications for the position,” said Cranford.
Pugh commented, “After reviewing over 140 applicants for the CEO position, the Succession Committee interviewed five outstanding candidates. Steve was one of those five. He received a unanimous recommendation to the Board from our committee, as well as tremendous support from physicians, hospital staff, and community leaders. During the 18 years that Steve has served Randolph Hospital, he has been a strong advocate for both our hospital and our community. With his qualifications and community support, our committee was very pleased to recommend Steve as the next CEO at Randolph Hospital.”
“I’m honored and humbled by the Board’s decision,” said Eblin. “While I’m obviously very familiar with the hospital and the communities we serve, this is a new role for me, and healthcare is changing faster than it ever has. I look forward to working with a great team as we navigate our way through those changes. That team includes our Board, my fellow employees, physicians, volunteers, other healthcare providers, and the community as a whole. We’ll work together to improve quality, accessibility, and our patients’ experience each and every day.”
Eblin has a Bachelor’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University. He and his wife, Rhonda, are natives of Huntington, WV. They moved to Asheboro in 1993, after spending five years in Ohio.
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