PMH hires new administrator

April 27, 2007
After holding the position on an interim basis for more than two months, David Long has been hired as the Administrator of Pender Memorial Hospital, effective immediately.

Mr. Long joins Pender Memorial from New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he began his career as Administrative Resident in 2001 and most recently served as Administrative Operations Director for Nursing Administration. He replaces Matt Mendez, who announced his resignation in February.

“The management team at Pender has been very impressed with David since he came on board,” said Ken Johnson, Chairman of the Pender Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. “He has a lot of energy, and I think he will be a great addition to the hospital.”

Pender Memorial Hospital is an 86-bed, not-for-profit, community hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. In 1999, PMH entered into an affiliation with New Hanover Regional Medical Center to better provide a full range of services to the community.

“I am humbled to have this tremendous opportunity to work with the high caliber of employees at Pender Memorial Hospital to provide the very best care we can,” Mr. Long said. “We will work to increase patient and employee satisfaction as we move Pender Memorial Hospital forward.”

Mr. Long is a native of Mt. Airy, N.C. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the same institution.

Mr. Long said much of his immediate focus will be on completing two major projects already underway at Pender Memorial. The hospital is establishing a health and diagnostic center at The Rocky Point Medical Pavilion, bringing much-needed health care services into that growing community. Pender Memorial is also constructing two new operating rooms at its Burgaw facility.

“We’ve known David since the beginning of his career in healthcare administration,” said Jack Barto, President and CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “We know his excitement, energy and desire to have a positive impact on patient care. We believe he is an excellent fit for Pender Memorial Hospital. The patients and staff there will be in good hands through his leadership.”

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 4,500 jobs directly and another 3,000 jobs indirectly.