October 27, 2006

Assistant hospital director named

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George DeLong

Assistant hospital director named

Health care executive George DeLong has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center as assistant hospital director.

In his new role DeLong is responsible for food service, patient transport, environmental services (adult hospital only), materials management and supply distribution, linen and the VUMC copy center and mail room.

He reports to Larry Goldberg, CEO of Vanderbilt University Hospital.

George has a wealth of experience, with a strong and varied management record in health care. I know he'll be making important contributions as we continue to improve all aspects of our operation. I'm very pleased that George has joined our team in hospital administration,” Goldberg said.

DeLong was formerly vice president of support services at Orlando Regional Healthcare, a five-hospital system in Central Florida. He was with Orlando Regional for 19 years. He also was president of Healthcare Purchasing Alliance, the group purchasing organization for Orlando Regional and three other member hospitals.

DeLong was previously with Hospital Corporation of America for 13 years, including a five-year stint at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville in the mid '80s.

“We've always loved Nashville, the people and the town, and meeting the folks at Vanderbilt made our decision that much easier. I'm thrilled to be joining this great institution.”

Relocation to Nashville also puts DeLong and his wife of 35 years, Patricia, closer to their two adult children — Douglas, who lives in Asheville, N.C., and Jennifer, who lives in Atlanta.

Delong has a bachelor's in management from the University of West Florida. His office is in the hospital administration suite at AA-1204 Medical Center North.