HCA UK CEO steps down

Mike Neeb (pictured) is retiring as chief executive and president of HCA UK after 12 years.

John Reay, HCA UK’s president of operations and chief executive of the Wellington Hospital in north London, will take over the role from 1 April.

Neeb transferred to the UK from the US to become HCA UK’s chief financial officer in 2000 – he was appointed president and chief executive in 2007.

Neeb said: ‘I am proud to have led HCA UK as its president and [chief executive] through an exciting time of development in which the organisation has grown from four hospitals into a network of hospitals and clinics in London, Manchester and a recently announced partnership with University Hospitals Birmingham.

‘I am confident that I leave the organisation in the hands of an exceptional leader in John Reay who will continue to develop HCA UK as a world class healthcare provider.’

Reay joined HCA UK as chief executive of the London Bridge Hospital in 2000. He had previously managed independent hospital Parkside Hospital in Wimbledon in southwest London.

He began his healthcare training at BUPA Hospitals Limited after serving in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers for 11 years.

Reay said: ‘It is an exciting time for UK medicine and the private healthcare sector and I am proud to be taking on the role as president and [chief executive] of HCA UK.’

‘[Neeb’s] drive to provide the highest quality care for our patients has been instrumental in establishing HCA UK as the largest provider of privately funded healthcare in the UK and the choice of private patients from around the world.’

Wellington Hospital deputy chief executive Jane Whitney-Smith will act as interim chief executive until Reay’s replacement is announced.