Another high-ranking official at Rex Healthcare is leaving the Triangle health care organization on the heels of the departure of Rex CEO David Strong.
Bernadette Spong, 57, will follow Strong, her former boss at Raleigh-based Rex, to Orlando Health in Florida. Strong left Rex for Orlando in April and recruited Spong in the following weeks.
Spong’s new job was internally announced Monday by Rex’s new CEO, Steve Burriss, just weeks after Spong had been promoted within the UNC Health Care system, from senior vice president of finance to senior vice president of financial shared services and CFO of network hospitals.
Chapel Hill-based UNC owns Rex Healthcare and Rex Hospital.
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Spong had worked a decade as CFO at Rex, and was paid $448,393 in salary, bonuses and other compensation in fiscal year 2013, the most recent year for which executive salaries are available.
In her newly appointed role at UNC, Spong was to oversee finances for the UNC system, which employs 22,000 people and will have 10 hospitals and 2,760 beds this summer. At Orlando Health she will report directly to Strong as CFO of an 8-hospital system with 2,295 beds and more than 15,000 employees.
Spong was replaced immediately as CFO of Rex by Erick Hawkins, who has been with Rex 12 years. Hawkins will also remain as Rex’s vice president of heart and vascular services, one of the system’s big money generators.