ZEPHYRHILLS — Florida Hospital Zephyrhills held a reception Wednesday afternoon to give local businesspeople and media an opportunity to meet new Chief Executive Officer Randy Surber.
The hospital recently announced that it had hired Surber, a hospital administrator with more than 30 years of health care experience.
“His wealth of knowledge, alongside his unwavering commitment to his faith, will provide stability and future-focused vision to Florida Hospital Zephyrhills,” Don Jernigan, president and CEO of Adventist Health System, said in a prepared statement at the time of the announcement.
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a member of the Florida Hospital network of Adventist Health System, which is one of the largest health care providers in the state. Surber has been with Adventist Health System since 1997.
Most recently, Surber was chief operating officer and vice president of Florida Hospital DeLand. Also within the Adventist Health System group, he has served as vice president for Tennessee Christian Medical Center and associate vice president of development and acquisition for Florida Hospital Orlando.
Before joining Adventist Health System, Surber was regional vice president for Horizon Health Corp. and an assistant administrator for Hospital Corp. of America.
“I plan to spend my first few months listening and understanding the needs of employees, physicians and community leaders,” Surber said.
Surber succeeds Doug Duffield, who resigned in July to accept a position as chief executive officer of San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif.