Rex Healthcare’s board of directors has appointed Steve Burriss to take over as president of the health system effective April 1.
Burriss was named interim president in January after David Strong announced he was leaving Rex to become CEO and president of Orlando Health, an eight-hospital system in Florida. At the time, the Rex board and executives at Rex's parent company, UNC Health Care, said they had no plans to launch a search for a permanent replacement.
Burriss, 48, has served as chief operating officer at Rex since April 2012. He joined Rex in 1998 as director of human resources and received several promotions, including senior vice president of operations and ambulatory services.
In that position he managed Rex Cancer Center and other functions, and he helped oversee the addition of new health campuses and two joint venture surgery centers.
Burriss will oversee 5,600 employees at the flagship Rex Hospital in Raleigh, with 665 acute and nursing beds. He will also oversee six satellite facilities across Wake County that are part of the UNC system, as well as new hospitals that are in various stages of planning and development.
“Rex is incredibly lucky to have someone with Steve’s ability, leadership and knowledge of Rex and our community to lead our organization,” said Robert Thomas, chairman of the Rex Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “The board has great confidence in Steve’s strategic thinking and in his ability to foster relationships among our physicians, co-workers and in the community.”