September 18, 2008

James R. Thomas Appointed President of South Atlantic Division

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- HCA today announced James R. Thomas has been appointed President of HCA's South Atlantic Division in Charleston, S.C., effective September 1.

As President of the newly-formed division, Thomas, 56, is responsible for HCA's seven hospitals and seven ambulatory surgery centers in Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Jacksonville, Fla. These hospitals had previously been part of HCA's Carolina Market and Jacksonville Market.

"Jamie is a 28-year veteran of healthcare administration and is well-respected," said Chuck Hall, President of HCA's Eastern Group. "Under his leadership and with the new division support, our South Atlantic Division hospitals are positioned for continued success."

Most recently, Thomas was CEO of HCA's North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla. He joined HCA in 1992 as Vice President of Operations at Coliseum Medical Center in Macon, Ga. He later served as CEO of other HCA facilities, including Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, Ga.

Before joining HCA, Thomas served as Senior Vice President - Operations at Charter Medical Corporation, managing 25 behavioral health hospitals in six southeastern states, among other leadership roles with the company.

Thomas obtained his master's in health administration and master's degree in teaching from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in religion from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. He is an active board member of the United Way of Alachua County and the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of the Florida Hospital Association. He and his wife, Emily, have two sons, John and William.

HCA also announced Rodney VanPelt, 52, has been named the South Atlantic Division's Chief Financial Officer.

Most recently, VanPelt served as CFO of the Jacksonville Market and simultaneously as CFO of Memorial Hospital Jacksonville. He began his career with HCA in 1976 as a staff auditor in the company's internal audit department. After serving as CFO for several HCA hospitals, he became CFO of HCA's Wichita Division in 1994 and later the Group CFO for HCA's Western Psychiatric Group including 26 hospitals. After a brief stint away from the company, he returned to HCA as CFO of Memorial Hospital in 1999. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Florida State University and is a certified public accountant. VanPelt and his wife, LuAnn, have a daughter, Laurie, and a son, Andrew.

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