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Rex Healthcare Names Joel Ray as New Chief Nursing Officer

February 3, 2014

Alan M. Wolf
(919) 784-4467

Rex Healthcare Names Joel Ray as New Chief Nursing Officer
Ray Joins Rex’s Executive Team With Focus on Nursing Excellence, Patient Satisfaction

RALEIGH, N.C. – Rex Healthcare is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel D. Ray as its new chief nursing officer. Ray, 53, joins Rex from UNC Hospitals, where he has served as director of surgery service for five years.

Ray replaces Mary Lou Powell, who recently retired after serving 12 years as Rex’s chief nursing officer. Ray will oversee a team of more than 1,700 nurses at one of the most respected community hospitals in the country.

“Rex has a long history of clinical excellence,” Ray said. “I look forward to building on that tradition by using innovation to deliver better, faster and more affordable care for patients across our growing community. I’m honored to join Rex during this period of dynamic change in health care.”

Rex was the first hospital in the Triangle to be awarded and re-designated Magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the nation's largest and foremost nursing accrediting and credentialing organization. Achieving Magnet status places Rex in an elite group of the top 6 percent of nurses in the nation.

“Joel’s record of accomplishment in the nursing profession, and his passion for nursing and clinical leadership, will help Rex continue its legacy of exceptional nursing care,” said Steve Burriss, chief operating officer at Rex.

At UNC Hospitals, Ray provided leadership for a 226-bed service of 11 critical, intermediate and acute care units. In addition, his responsibilities included nursing oversight of UNC’s Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center. Ray helped lead Carolina Care, an initiative at UNC Hospitals to improve patient-centered communication and care. That effort led to significant improvements in patient satisfaction scores at UNC Hospitals.

Joel has extensive experience in nursing and patient care. Prior to joining UNC Hospitals, he served in the U.S. Air Force Medical Service for 26 years, retiring as a Colonel in 2008. An Arkansas native, Joel received a BSN from Arkansas State University and an MSN in Adult-Health Nursing from Arizona State University. He is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and a published contributor to nursing journals.

He assumes his new role at Rex on Feb. 2. To learn more about nursing at Rex, visit rexhealth.com/nursing.