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Rockale Medical Center announces new CEO
Bryan K. Dearing

Rockdale Medical Center announced Wednesday the selection of a new chief executive officer to head the 138-bed acute care hospital.

Bryan K. Dearing will assume the position of CEO for the hospital starting Monday, June 8.

"Our search committee was impressed with Bryan’s strong background in hospital operations as well as his passion for excellence, both of which will be assets for Rockdale," said Rick Simons, chairman of RMC’s Board of Trustees. "He has a proven record in building teams, fostering strong physician relations, and creating ties to the community. We look forward to having him lead us forward."

"I am excited about the possibilities that await me at Rockdale," said Dearing. "Rockdale Medical Center has a reputation for excellence so my primary focus will be to provide the leadership, support and resources necessary to build upon the strong foundation that’s already there. I look forward to working with physicians, hospital staff and members of the community."

Interim CEO Deborah Armstrong will continue as COO and VP of Operations, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Dearing served in leadership positions with HCA-affiliated hospitals for 20 years. From 1995-2003, he was CEO of Summit Medical Center, a 204-bed acute care hospital in the Nashville, Tenn., market. During his tenure, the facility was named one of the "100 Top Hospitals" in the nation (1997) and consistently earned top scores in patient, employee and physician satisfaction. Before joining Summit, he served as CEO of Volunteer General Hospital in Martin, Tenn.; Dominion Hospital in Falls Church, Va.; and Northern Virginia Community Hospital in Arlington, Va. Most recently, Dearing was affiliated with Erickson Retirement Communities, which provides continuing care retirement communities, serving as Associate Executive Director for the start-up of the Ashby Ponds development in Ashburn, Va.

The Roanoke, Va., native earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Later, he earned a master’s degree in health administration from The Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. A Certified Healthcare Executive, Dearing earned Diplomate status in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 1994. Dearing and his wife Mary Beth have four children: Emily, 19; Charles, 17; Grayson, 15; and Mary Kathryn, 9. They will be moving to the area this summer.

Rockdale Medical Center Rockdale Medical Center (RMC) is part of LifePoint Hospitals, a leading hospital company focused on providing healthcare services in non-urban communities.