Sampson Regional Medical Center CEO David Masterson has tendered his resignation from the hospital he has led since November 2007, saying he has accepted the position of president of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg, Va.
The hospital’s Board of Trustees will meet Monday night to discuss transitional plans.
“We wish David well in his future pursuits, and our board is thankful for his five years of service to Sampson Regional Medical Center,” said Allie Ray McCullen, chairman of the trustees’ board. “He has provided outstanding leadership for our hospital and has made great contributions that have advanced Sampson Regional in the care it provides for our community.”
Masterson submitted his letter of resignation to trustees Monday, Sept. 16, and his intentions were announced by personal letter to all hospital staff, medical staff and the Foundation Board of Directors Thursday afternoon.
Having grown up in the Hampton Roads region, the move to Williamsburg is an opportunity for the outgoing hospital CEO to be near his family, who still resides in the area.
“I started my hospital career with Sentara (formerly Norfolk General Hospital) 29 years ago, and this position brings me back home to complete my career with the system where I started,” said Masterson of the perfect timing this opportunity presents for him.”
Hospital officials said with Masterson’s leadership, the medical center has navigated through many challenges such as containing costs during reimbursement changes and healthcare reform. He has also focused efforts, they said, on patient satisfaction, quality initiatives and physician alignment to make Sampson Regional the “healthcare provider of choice” for Sampson County residents.
“I have grown attached to Sampson Regional Medical Center and can honestly reflect on my tenure with our system with fond memories and a feeling of great accomplishment,” Masterson said. “I have enjoyed working with Sampson Regional’s Board of Trustees, an outstanding medical staff and leadership team, and our dedicated employees and volunteers who are committed each day to delivering exceptional care to our patients. Our goal has been to make Sampson Regional the provider of choice in Sampson County.”
In his letter to hospital associates, Masterson stated his commitment to cooperating with the Board of Trustees to ensure a smooth succession. “I believe SRMC has a sound future, and I have great confidence in the leadership team that has been assembled in the past few years and their ability to navigate the future of healthcare. I will remain proud to say that I worked for Sampson Regional Medical Center,” he said.