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Florida Hospital Zephyrhills names new CEO

Published:   |   Updated: October 22, 2013 at 03:51 PM

ZEPHYRHILLS — Florida Hospital Zephyrhills announced Tuesday that its new chief executive officer is Randy Surber, a hospital administrator with more than 30 years of health care experience.

“His wealth of knowledge, alongside his unwavering commitment to his faith, will provide stability and future-focused vision to Florida Hospital Zephyrhills,” Don Jernigan, president and CEO of Adventist Health System, said in a prepared statement.

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a member of the Florida Hospital network of Adventist Health System, which is one of the largest health care providers in the state. Surber has been with Adventist Health System since 1997.

Most recently, Surber served as chief operating officer and vice president of Florida Hospital Deland. Also within the Adventist Health System group, he has served as vice president for Tennessee Christian Medical Center and as associate vice president of development and acquisition for Florida Hospital Orlando.

Before joining Adventist Health System, Surber worked as regional vice president for Horizon Health Corp. and as assistant administrator for Hospital Corp. of America.

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills plans a welcome reception from to 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 to give local business people and the media an opportunity to meet Surber.

“I plan to spend my first few months listening and understanding the needs of employees, physicians, and community leaders,” Surber said in a prepared statement. “It is already apparent to me that the team at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills cares immensely about the hospital and that level of commitment and dedication means we have opportunity for growth and future success.”

Surber succeeds Doug Duffield, who resigned in July to accept a position as chief executive officer for San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif.