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New University Health Care System CEO Takes the Reins
May 27, 2010 -- Augusta, GA. -- James R. Davis assumed the position of University Health Care System President and Chief Executive Officer today, succeeding J. Larry Read who announced his retirement in late March after 11 years in the position.
It was a succession plan three years in the making, according to R. Lee Smith Jr., Chairman of the University Health Services Board. “We knew that health care was entering into a time of great change, and it was very important to Larry that he leave this organization in the hands of someone capable of overcoming the challenges ahead,” Mr. Smith said.
Mr. Davis joined University in January 2009 as Executive Vice President/COO.
“We have great confidence in Jim’s leadership and his commitment to keeping University Hospital patient-focused, innovative and financially strong,” Mr. Smith said. “His experience and knowledge has allowed for a seamless transition, and his vision has set the stage for a strong future.”
Mr. Davis, an Ohio native with nearly 30 years of management experience in large acute care hospitals, came to University from St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, a 550-bed tertiary care hospital and part of the three-hospital Humility of Mary Health Partners system.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Akron. He is a member of Augusta Tomorrow and the Symphony Orchestra Augusta Board.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve such a strong institution,” Mr. Davis said. “I am continually impressed by the commitment to clinical quality from our employees and physicians. I am excited about our future and how University will continue to serve this community.”
Mr. Davis and his wife Nancy reside in Augusta.