HCA moving StoneCrest CEO to South Carolina

Belmont MBA took over Smyrna hospital four years ago

The CEO of HCA's StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna is relocating to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to lead another of the company's hospitals.

Mark Sims, who moved to town from Chattanooga more than four years ago, has been named CEO of Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, effective Dec. 2. There, he will replace 18-year leader Doug White, who retired last month after growing the hospitals from 172 beds to 269 beds, bringing on 180 physicians investing in outpatient facilities.

“Mark Sims has a proven track record in quality outcomes, employee satisfaction and medical staff relations,” said Jamie Thomas, president of HCA's South Atlantic Division. “Mark is positioned well to lead Grand Strand Regional Medical Center as they continue to grow in clinical excellence and enhance their position as the region’s healthcare leader. He and his family will be an asset to the Myrtle Beach community.”

Sims, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, earned a bachelor's degree in human environment sciences from the University of Alabama before getting an M.B.A. in health care from Belmont University.