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Former Palmyra CEO named head of South East Fla. Hospital

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

TAMARAC, Fla. -- Mark Rader, the CEO of Palmyra Medical Centers has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of University Hospital and Medical Center in Tamarac Fla., hospital officials say.

According to its website, University Hospital and Medical Center is a HCA-owned 317-bed medical center in Tamarac, Fla.

It has provided healthcare to Broward County since 1974.

Rader is currently head of HCA-owned Palmyra Medical Centers. That hospital's future appears to be in limbo after the Federal Trade Commission derailed cross-town rival Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and HCA's efforts to sell the facility for $195 million.

The deal has been delayed by a federal injunction until both sides can make their case for why the deal should or shouldn't go through.

Eric Riggle, the head of marketing at Palmyra, said that the hospital staff has received word that Hugh Wilson will take over in the interim until a permanent replacement can be found or until the court situation is resolved.

Wilson is the former head of HCA's hospital in Columbus.

According to the web site TCPalm.com, Rader has also been named to the board of directors for the Tamarac Chamber of Commerce.

Rader held a similar position here in Albany on the Albany-Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He has resigned his position on that board, Chamber President Cathrine Glover said.