Seasoned healthcare administrator brings expertise and experience to Rutherfordton

Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS), a Duke LifePoint Healthcare facility, announced today that Rebecca Segal has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of the hospital, effective January 16, 2017. Segal brings more than 15 years of healthcare experience to the region, most recently serving as chief operating officer (COO) of LifePoint Health’s Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Ky.

Segal served as COO of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital since January 2014, during which she provided leadership to multiple departments including surgical services, ambulatory surgery centers, and the hospital’s imaging services and free-standing imaging center, to name a few. She also oversaw the hospital’s physician relations program and was instrumental in recruiting needed specialists to the area and increasing overall physician satisfaction. During her time at Lake Cumberland, Segal also established a Patient and Family Advisory Council, providing a meaningful platform to incorporate patient and community feedback into the delivery of quality care.

We are very impressed with Rebecca, her long list of accomplishments, and her strong commitment to patient care,” said Michele Mercer, MD, chair of RRHS’s community Board of Trustees. “We look forward to welcoming her to Rutherfordton and applying many of her strengths and experiences as a leader to our healthcare system.”

Prior to her role at Lake Cumberland, Segal served as assistant administrator for two LifePoint facilities: Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, Va., and Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, W.Va. Before joining LifePoint, she served as a senior analyst in the managed care and reimbursement department and as a manager in the patient access and patient accounts departments at Mary Washington Healthcare System in Fredericksburg, Va.

Segal has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg and a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. During her graduate studies, Segal received the 2010 Herman L. Mullins Award for Outstanding Management Study.