Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has a new chief executive officer—again.
David McKnight, who joined the Spotsylvania hospital in November 2015, has become the fourth CEO at the hospital, which opened in 2010. Three have been appointed in the last five years.
McKnight, who had been serving as both interim CEO and the chief financial officer for five months, said he’s “fallen in love with the hospital, the people and this community” in the last two and a half years.
“I believe we are in the relationship business, and I am very passionate about health care,” he said. “We have to connect with our patients, our employees, our physicians, and our community.”
Tim Tobin was the first executive at the Spotsylvania hospital, which is part of Virginia HCA and opened in June 2010. He prepared the hospital for the opening and worked from 2008 to 2013, when he decided to retire and become a cattle farmer.
Greg Madsen followed him and stayed in the position for less than two years. It isn’t clear why he left. He was replaced by Michael Clark, who came out of retirement in April 2016 and hadn’t planned to be a long-term CEO, said Lynne Richardson, a member of the hospital’s board of trustees. He brought on McKnight, who has worked with HCA Virginia since 2010, then Clark retired at the end of 2017.
The turnover in the Spotsylvania hospital’s highest office doesn’t signify anything but timing, Richardson said.
“Sometimes it’s just circumstances,” said Richardson, a business professor at the University of Mary Washington. “The board has been very supportive of [McKnight] and think he’s the right person for the job, now and in the future.”
McKnight and his wife, Sabrina, have three sons, and he’s told them they can expect to graduate from Riverbend High School, Richardson said.
Sharon Killian, another trustee, praised McKnight’s commitment to the community and his knowledge.
“He knows what he’s doing and is a real down-to-earth person,” she said.
Dr. Henry Wicker Jr., a general surgeon, said McKnight has forged “strong and productive relationships with the medical staff.” He’s also brought his financial and management expertise to the the hospital, the surgeon said.
Before Spotsylvania Regional, McKnight served as controller for HCA’s Capital Division and as the associate vice president of finance and a controller at LewisGale Medical Center in Salem.
McKnight has a bachelor’s degree in marketing management science from Virginia Tech and a master’s in business from Radford University.
Spotsylvania Regional operates on a 75-acre campus in the Massaponax area. It has 133 private beds and round-the-clock emergency care for children and adults.