Southern Regional Medical Center announced Tuesday that Ela Lena, MSL, BSN, FACHE, has been named as the hospital’s new president and CEO.

Ela Lena, Southern Regional Medical Center’s new president and CEO

Lena, who will take over on Monday, August 8, will replace Charlotte W. Dupré, who has run SRMC since Prime Healthcare acquired it.

Dupré is retiring after 40 years in healthcare. Under her tenure, SRMC secured $1.15 million for mental health funding through Sen. Jon Ossof’s office.

Lena has more than 30 years in healthcare, and has led several Florida hospitals. She was System Chief Operating Officer and CEO at Bethesda Health in Boynton Beach, chief operating officer of Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, and served in assorted leadership roles at Broward Health. She also has wasvice president of operations at SurgiCare Surgical Associates of New Jersey.

Lena holds a bachelor of science from the University of Phoenix, Florida and a master of science in leadership organizational behavior from Nova Southeastern University. She is working on a doctorate of business administration in healthcare.

According to a press release from SRMH, “Lena is a skilled strategic planner with a sense of
urgency to deliver integrated, patient-focused solutions and high-quality, compassionate care. Additionally, her strengths include cultivating a culture of mentorship and developing strong leaders who focus on achieving their goals while setting the stage for staff engagement and support and the organizational success.”

Southern Regional Medical Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity and part of the 14-member Prime Healthcare Foundation.

Prime Healthcare includes 46 hospitals and over 300 outpatient locations in 14 states.

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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