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HCA promotes Wesley’s Tappan to president of South Atlantic Division

Hugh Tappan
Hugh Tappan Courtesy of HCA

Wesley Medical Center CEO Hugh Tappan has been promoted by the hospital’s parent company HCA and will be taking a new job overseeing a number of hospitals in the Southeast.

HCA said Thursday that Tappan will become president of the company’s South Atlantic Division in January, with oversight of 12 hospitals in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

“Hugh is a veteran HCA leader with over 20 years of experience in multiple markets,” said Chuck Hall, president of HCA’s National Group, in a news release. “His operational and strategic insights, gained through progressively more responsible roles will be a tremendous asset to the National Group.”

Tappan, a native of Florida, holds master’s degrees in health administration and business administration from the University of North Florida. He started with HCA in 1994 as an administrative resident at the Hughston Sports Medicine Center in Georgia. Since then he has served as CEO of Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital in Columbus, Ga., and chief operating officer of Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, before joining Wesley as CEO in July 2006.

During his tenure at Wesley, Tappan has overseen the acquisition of Galichia Heart Hospital and more than $100 million in capital investment at Wesley’s main hospital campus at 550 N. Hillside, including in its operating rooms and women’s hospital.

“It was not an easy decision to leave,” Tappan said in a statement e-mailed to The Eagle on Thursday. “But I also welcome the new challenge of leading HCA’s South Atlantic Division, and I also look forward to being closer to our family and friends who live in that area.”

Tappan will replace Jamie Thomas at the South Atlantic Division, who recently announced his retirement.

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