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Doug Vinsel Appointed CEO at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital

Doug Vinsel Appointed CEO at Duke Health Raleigh  Hospital
Doug Vinsel Appointed CEO at Duke Health Raleigh  Hospital


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Raleigh, N.C. -- Doug Vinsel has been named the new chief executive officer of Duke Health Raleigh Hospital (DHRH). Vinsel comes to DHRH from WakeMed Health and Hospitals, where he has served as chief operating officer and executive vice president since 1984.

Vinsel's selection was announced jointly today by Victor J. Dzau, MD, chancellor for health affairs at Duke and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System, and Ralph Moore, chairman of the DHRH Advisory Board.

"Doug is an experienced leader who has a tremendous understanding of the issues that impact health care in the region and the needs of the individuals we serve," Dzau said. "He has a proven record of operational excellence and a reputation of successful collaboration with our community physicians that we view as essential elements to the successful delivery of services in greater Wake County."

Vinsel has been in the health care field for more than 30 years. In his current role, he is responsible for operations at WakeMed's Raleigh campus and Cary Hospital. He has also played a leadership role in the growth and development of WakeMed's heart program, the establishment of a comprehensive children's center and the creation of a system-wide gain-sharing program for employees.

"I am pleased to have the opportunity to join the Duke University Health System and to lead its clinical activities in Raleigh and greater Wake County. I am excited by Dr. Dzau's vision of expanding Duke's presence in this region," Vinsel said. "As the population in our area grows at a record pace, I look forward to working with our talented hospital staff, health system leadership and our local medical community to guide the development and expansion of health care services in Wake County. Raleigh is my home and has been for many years. The chance to continue to serve this community is a great honor."

Vinsel succeeds Jim Knight, who announced earlier this month that he was stepping down from his role at DHRH and retiring this year. Knight's decision to retire was based on recent health concerns and a desire to have optimal coordination between the appointment of a new CEO and the recruitment of a chief operating officer. Vinsel's official start date will be announced shortly.

"We are grateful for the leadership and vision of Jim Knight and wish him well," Moore said. "Duke Health Raleigh is also very pleased to welcome Doug to our hospital family. He brings a distinguished career in health care along with a vast knowledge of our community."

Vinsel received his bachelor of arts degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and his master's degree in health care administration from Duke. He also attended the King Fund College of Hospital Management in London, England. He is a fellow in the American College of Hospital Administration and a member of the American Hospital Association.

Vinsel has served on several community boards, including the Triangle Red Cross, and served as walk chair for Juvenile Diabetes, as a member of the Raleigh Chamber's growth task force and as a United Way enterprise executive.

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