Tuesday, April 6, 2010

President & CEO Announces Retirement

After almost 30 years with Sentara Potomac Hospital, William H. Flannagan, Jr. has announced his retirement. Friday, April 23 will be his last day.

Bill Flannagan joined the Sentara Potomac Hospital leadership team in 1980 as the vice president of Professional Services and in 1982 he became the vice president of Operations. In 1985 he was named executive vice president and chief operating officer responsible for all day-to-day hospital and affiliated operations. He began his new role of president and chief executive officer in 2009 when Bill Moss stepped down as hospital president after 31 years.

Statement from Bill Flannagan:

“In 1980, my first impression of the hospital was that it had so much promise. I saw a place that had the potential and the opportunity to grow into a great community asset. At that time the northern Virginia area was expanding tremendously and the healthcare industry was growing rapidly as well. I was excited about getting started and helping move us along in a rapidly changing field.

“During my almost thirty years of involvement with our hospital, I have been given a tremendous opportunity to help with the growth and development of a truly wonderful community organization. This was made possible by a great team of individuals; Bill Moss, our Board of Trustees and Directors, as well as a dedicated group of long-term administrators, directors, employees, and physicians.

“Our goal has always been, and still is, to treat our patients and employees the way we and our families would want to be treated. We have dozens of long-term employees who have been here for many years. They have the skills and smarts to work just about anywhere, but they choose to stay here, year after year. I think that is a testament to our family-friendly atmosphere and I’m very proud of what we have built together over these years.

“I am also appreciative of having had the opportunity to participate in the process that has brought Sentara and Potomac together. I believe we did the right thing for the community for the right reasons and have succeeded in securing nothing but a positive future for the hospital.

“It has been my privilege to be a member of the Sentara Potomac Hospital team.”

A search for Flannagan’s replacement will begin soon. Valerie Keane, vice president of Operations, has been named interim administrator responsible for daily hospital operations, effective April 26. Keane joined the hospital team in 1989.