UNC Rex Healthcare has lost its second chief financial officer in less than a year to Orlando Health in Florida.
R. Erick Hawkins joined Orlando Health earlier this month as Senior Vice President of Strategic Management. He followed in the footsteps of Bernadette Spong, who left Rex last summer. Before making his departure, Hawkins had filled Spong’s vacancy.
The two financial executives will now work for their former boss, David Strong, Rex’s previous CEO who is now chief executive at Orlando Health.
Orlando Health is a larger organization, with more than 15,000 employees compared to Rex’s 5,600.
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Rex President Steve Burriss issued a brief statement saying the string of departures speaks to the hospital system’s deep corporate bench.
“David, Bernadette and Erick are great friends,” Burriss said. “It’s not unusual for a CEO who begins a role with a new organization to bring his or her CFO. I think it speaks to the depth of talent we have on the UNC REX leadership team.”
Both Hawkins and Spong played key roles in Rex raising $150 million in bonds last year to pay for its $235 million heart and vascular hospital. The new hospital is set to open next year.
Rex will conduct a CFO search but meanwhile the Raleigh organization has promoted Jeff LeGay as interim CFO. LeGay has been Rex’s corporate finance director for the past four years and previously worked at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh.
Hawkins was also vice president of heart and vascular services at Rex. In that capacity he was replaced by Kirsten Riggs as interim VP.
Rex is owned by UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill.