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PMC chief Masterton leaving Rock Hill for job at Louisiana hospital

CEO Bill Masterton, third from right, at a recent groundbreaking for the $19.9 million expansion of Piedmont Medical Center’s emergency department. Masterton is leaving the Rock Hill hospital for a job in Louisiana.
CEO Bill Masterton, third from right, at a recent groundbreaking for the $19.9 million expansion of Piedmont Medical Center’s emergency department. Masterton is leaving the Rock Hill hospital for a job in Louisiana. Herald file

Bill Masterton, chief executive officer at Piedmont Medical Center, is leaving the Rock Hill hospital for a job in Louisiana.

Masterton, who has led the 288-bed hospital since July 2012, has accepted a job at a teaching hospital in New Orleans, said Amy Faulkenberry, PMC’s vice president of business development.

Faulkenberry declined Tuesday to name the hospital, saying Masterton’s appointment there had not yet been announced. She said it is not owned by Tenet Healthcare, Piedmont’s parent company, where Masterton has worked for the past 13 years.

“It’s very much a promotion for him,” she said.

Masterton’s last day at the Rock Hill hospital will be May 13, she said. PMC will conduct a national search for his replacement, after regional vice president Garry Gause meets with the hospital’s governing board on April 28.

Masterton “has been here during a period of tremendous growth, and we have seen a real turnaround in our overall reputation and a real focus on quality and safety under his leadership,” she said.

Faulkenberry said Masterton oversaw the addition of more than 50 doctors to the medical staff, now at 77 physicians, up from 24 when he arrived.

The hospital also added two urgent care centers, Piedmont West in York and Sutton Road Express Care in Fort Mill, as well as the York Imaging Center.

He also oversaw a $20 million expansion of the PMC emergency department, doubling the size of the operation, and started a neurosurgery program, she said.

The hospital became the third in South Carolina to have a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, allowing it to deliver smaller and younger babies “so people don’t have to leave the community for that,” she said.

Masterton testified on behalf of PMC in its long battle against Carolinas HealthCare System for the right to build a hospital in the Fort Mill area. The S.C. Administrative Law Court most recently ruled in favor of Piedmont, but the matter is still under review.

Before he arrived at Piedmont, Masterton served as chief executive officer at Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville and chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta.

He also worked in a number of other hospital finance roles. He began his health care career as a consultant for KPMG Peat Marwick in the health care and life sciences division.

Masterton has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida.

He succeeded Charles Miller, who left in 2012 after 14 years at PMC to take on a management role in Tenet.

Jennifer Becknell: 803-329-4077

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