UNC Rex Healthcare named a new chief operating officer Monday, filling an executive-level slot that had been vacant for 10 months since its previous occupant, Steve Burriss, was named president of the Raleigh-based health care system.
Susan Sandberg, 55, assumed the COO slot Monday, beating out 150 candidates in a national search. She came from Community Health Network in Indianapolis, where was a regional chief operating officer. The Indianapolis system comprises eight affiliated hospitals, 11 health pavilions, more than 1,000 physicians and 12,000 employees.
Rex said in its announcement that Sandberg had held a variety of director-level and managerial positions at CHN, and in her most recent job she was “responsible for strategic growth” at the organization.
Rex, which is owned by UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, has more than 5,400 employees and more than 1,100 doctors. The organization is in an aggressive expansion mode as it competes for market share with regional rival Duke University Health System.
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Rex did not disclose Sandberg’s salary, but when Burriss held the job his total compensation package was $435,647 in the 2013 fiscal year, the latest figures available.