Reif, Fisher named VPs of hospital

Published 1:00 am Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A banner recently hung at Beaufort Hospital signals the change in management at the hospital to University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina. (Submitted Photo)

Two veterans of hospital operations have been named vice presidents at Beaufort Hospital, hospital officials announced recently.

Richard A. Reif, who served as interim chief financial officer for the former Beaufort Regional Health System for the past year, and Lynne F. Fisher, chief nursing officer for the former Beaufort County Medical Center, have been named vice president of finance and vice president of patient-care services, respectively.

Their appointments were announced by new Beaufort Hospital President Harvey Case immediately following an agreement between the county and University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina over management of the Washington health-care system.

In making the announcement, Case, in a press release issued by the hospital, said he “has assembled a senior leadership team that will help guide our hospital into the future.”

Last month, the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners and the boards overseeing the local hospital and affiliated medical practices approved a deal turning management of the local health-care system over to UHS in a 30-year lease. After the lease expires, UHS has the option of buying the local system.

Case assumed duties as president of Beaufort Hospital on Thursday. He succeeds Susan Gerard as the hospital’s leader.

UHS officials had earlier announced that Gerard would serve as senior director of growth and clinical services for the new management team.

Joining Reif, Fisher and Gerard on the hospital’s senior leadership team will be Amy Sasnett, director of quality; Amy Alligood, director of accreditation, compliance and safety; and Penny Coltrain, director of human resources.

Before coming to Beaufort County, Reif was an associate vice president and financial analyst for the Charlotte operations of Quorum Health Resources.

Reif comes to the post with more than 30 years experience in health care. When he joined BRHS during the local health system’s search for a management partner, Reif was cited by hospital management for his extensive experience in hospital mergers and acquisitions, including financial and legal due diligence, participation in negotiations and working-capital settlements for the $28 million sale of Hilton Head Hospital and associated physician clinics and the $30 million sale of Alleghany Regional Hospital in Low Moor, Va.

Reif holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla., and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Oklahoma State University. He also has a certificate in hospital-and-health-services administration from the College of Medicine at Ohio State University.

Fisher also has more than 30 years experience in health care, having served her entire career in Beaufort County. In 1980, Fisher joined the staff of then-Beaufort County Hospital as a staff nurse on the east wing of the hospital’s second floor. She was subsequently named nurse supervisor and nurse manager for several of the hospital’s operations.

In 2000, Fisher was named chief nursing officer of Beaufort County Medical Center, a post she held for the past 11 years.

Fisher holds an associate’s degree in nursing from Beaufort County Community College and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from East Carolina University.