WILMINGTON, NC – Andre Boyd, consistently recognized in recent years as one of the nation’s leading young healthcare executives, has agreed to join New Hanover Regional Medical Center as Executive Vice President of the Hospital Division beginning October 31.
Boyd, 40, is currently Chief Executive Officer of Jackson North Medical Center in North Miami Beach, FL. He will fill the role left open when John Gizdic was promoted to replace Jack Barto as CEO at NHRMC. Gizdic will officially assume his new role on January 1.
Gizdic’s promotion from within to the top role was one of the attributes that attracted Boyd to NHRMC.
“I’m very excited to come here. The culture is one of excellence and family. I got to see that during the interview process,” he said. “What got me excited about coming here was how well the organization develops leaders. I saw that directly with John.”
Boyd brings 14 years of healthcare experience and a growing national reputation for hospital leadership. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized his success as a chief operating officer in 2012 by naming him one of the “100 Hospital and Health System COOs to Know,” and also three times since 2012 selected him as one of the “Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40.”
At Jackson North, a 382-bed teaching hospital that is part of the Jackson Health System and affiliated with University of Miami and Florida International University medical schools, Boyd was asked to quickly turn around the hospital’s operations. Under his leadership, the hospital went from having all patient experience scores below the national average to having six scores at the 75th percentile and two at the 90th. He implemented programs that partnered with physicians to improve quality and engaged the nursing and ancillary staff to take a stronger role to improve the patient experience at Jackson North.
During his tenure at Jackson North, the hospital’s admissions increased by 10 percent, emergency room visits increased by 25 percent, and surgeries increased by more than 10 percent; all while overall hospital expenses were reduced by $1.2 million. In the hospital’s ER when Boyd started at Jackson North, wait times were around 90 minutes and patients leaving without being seen were 6 percent. After Boyd led an operational improvement effort to implement changes, wait times dropped to less than seven minutes and those leaving without being seen to 0.3 percent.
While Boyd is justifiably proud of the rapid improvement at Jackson North, he said New Hanover Regional Medical Center is not a turn-around organization at all.
“The transformation that Jack has led here at NHRMC during his tenure has been phenomenal,” he said. “With the transition to John, I truly believe the culture will carry on with the same legacy.”
He said his immediate goals will be to develop strong working relationships with physicians, leaders, and staff, round to learn more about the culture and operations of NHRMC, and to get involved in the community of Wilmington.
Boyd’s previous positions include Chief Operating Officer and Chief Staffing Officer at Tristar Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green, KY, Associate Chief Operating Officer and Ethics Compliance Officer at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, MO, and as Business Administrator of Perioperative Services at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Springs, MD.
Boyd grew up in New Orleans and attended Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA, where he played nose guard on the football team and graduated with a degree in biology. Also, he received a Masters of Healthcare Administration from Tulane School of Public Health in New Orleans.
Boyd and his wife, Deanna, have a 4-year-old son, A.J., and 18-month-old daughter, Avery. He remains a passionate fan of the LSU Tigers, particularly during football season.