Wake County's largest health system has recruited a new No. 2 executive from a Greensboro hospital.
WakeMed announced today that it has hired Tom Gettinger, president of the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, as its new chief operating officer. He will report to CEO Bill Atkinson.
Gettinger, 46, replaces Deborah G. Friberg, who left WakeMed in January to join a Milwaukee hospital. Gettinger joined the Moses Cone Health System in 1992.
Raleigh-based WakeMed runs medical facilities across Wake County, including hospitals in Cary and North Raleigh, as well as its flagship campus in Raleigh. The nonprofit also is one of the Triangle's largest private employers, with more than 7,500 workers.
WakeMed conducted a national search for its new COO. Officials chose Gettinger because of his experience running a "comparable health system in North Carolina, with similar services, strengths and opportunities."
"We believe Tom will be a leader who will contribute greatly to WakeMed’s operations and have a positive impact on health care access, cost and quality locally and across the state," Atkinson wrote in a memo released to WakeMed employees today.
Gettinger is scheduled to start at WakeMed on June 28. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in health administration from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.