Published on January 08, 2015

Jan. 8, 2015

Rex Healthcare Names Steve Burriss as Interim President

RALEIGH, N.C. – Rex Healthcare announced today that Steve Burriss, chief operating officer of Rex Healthcare, was named interim president effective immediately. This appointment follows the announcement that David Strong, president, is leaving to serve Orlando Health as its president and CEO.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Steve’s ability, leadership and knowledge of Rex and our community lead our organization,” said Robert S. Thomas, chairman of the Rex Board of Trustees. “The board has great confidence in Steve and the executive team to execute Rex’s initiatives currently underway, and future strategy and plans.”

Burriss, 48, has served as chief operating officer at Rex Healthcare, an affiliate of UNC Health Care, since April 2012. He oversees all operations at the 660-bed organization, at six locations in Wake County, with more than 5,600 co-workers.

Prior to his role as COO, Burriss served as senior vice president of operations and ambulatory services, managing a variety of areas, including Rex Cancer Center, heart and vascular services, physician services and ambulatory services. Under Burriss’ leadership, Rex added three new health campuses, two joint venture surgery centers and more than 150 physicians.

Burriss joined Rex Healthcare in 1998 as director of human resources and was later promoted to vice president of human resources. Burriss was named a “COO to know” by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2013 and received recognition from the Triangle Business Journal as “40 Under 40.” During his tenure, Rex was highlighted as one of the Top 50 Hospitals in the U.S. by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Burriss actively volunteers throughout the Triangle community. He served on the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association, the board for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the executive leadership committee for Light the Night Walk, the board of directors for the Cary Chamber of Commerce and the Healthcare Works Coalition. He currently serves as the 2015 March of Dimes’ Triangle March for Babies Chairman and on the board of directors for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the North Carolina Symphony.

Burriss earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and an MBA from Marshall University. He lives in Raleigh with his wife, Tina, and has two children in college.