Northern Hospital of Surry County announced Friday that E. Timothy Cook has been appointed interim CEO effective on Monday, April 14. The hospital also announced the executive search for a permanent president and CEO has already begun and is being led by Quorum Health Resources LLC (QHR).
Cook will replace, on a short-term basis, Bill James, who announced last month he would be stepping down from the post after 19 years at Northern. James, who was honored Thursday with a community-wide reception held at the hospital, is leaving to accept a post at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center. His last day at Northern was today, and he is scheduled to take the reins at his new job on April 21.
“We are pleased with the selection of Mr. Cook as interim,” said Bill Woltz, Northern Hospital Board chairman. “In recent years, he has successfully led hospitals across the country during periods of transitions such as we are experiencing and we are confident in his abilities.”
Prior to specializing in interim leadership, Cook was president and CEO for 14 years at Osceola Regional Medical Center, a 321-bed facility in Kissimmee, Fla. He has also served as CEO and administrator at Larkin General Hospital in South Miami.
A graduate of University of Miami’s Bachelors of Administration and Masters of Business and Healthcare Administration programs, he is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
As for a permanent replacement, QHR Regional Vice President Frank Swinehart had this to say: “Our goal over the next few months is clear—to conduct a robust, far-reaching and comprehensive executive search that will enable us to hire a world class President and CEO to lead Northern Hospital.”