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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 North Hall III VBC

David Spiller

CEO Huntsville Hospital


From The AL.com reporting staff  list of influential people in the Huntsville/Madison County area.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Huntsville Hospital was already a large and well-respected regional health care provider when David Spillers took over as CEO in March 2006.

Eight years later, Spillers has parlayed the not-for-profit hospital's good reputation and solid finances into a bonafide health care network that now stretches from Boaz to the Shoals and as far south as Marion County.

The latest expansion came last week when Curae Health, a new not-for-profit hospital chain, announced that its first three Alabama acquisitions - 100-bed Russellville Hospital, 71-bed Northwest Medical Center in Winfield and 56-bed Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville - will be Huntsville Hospital affiliates.

The deal keeps Curae in charge of those hospitals' finances while letting it partner with Huntsville Hospital on purchasing supplies, physician recruiting and continuing education programs, among other things.

Spillers said bringing other not-for-profit hospitals under the Huntsville Hospital umbrella has helped stabilize those smaller, rural providers while also creating a "critical mass" that allows Huntsville Hospital to offer services typically not found in mid-sized cities.

"We can do more working together than we can fighting each other," Spillers told AL.com in mid-November.

The Huntsville Hospital Health System, as it is called, is now the nation's fifth-largest publicly owned hospital system with more than 12,000 employees and 2,100 patient beds. In addition to its main downtown campus and the adjacent Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children, the system owns and operates Madison Hospital, Athens-Limestone Hospital and Decatur Morgan Hospitals' Decatur General and Parkway campuses.

In January, it will assume control of Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield.

The Huntsville Hospital system also manages Lawrence Medical Center in Moulton and Red Bay Hospital in Franklin County, and has strategic affiliations with the three Curae Hospitals as well as Marshall Medical Center South in Boaz and Marshall Medical Center North in Guntersville.

While the burn-out rate for hospital administrators is high, Spillers said he is content in his job and hopes to stick around.

"I've got a great board and live in a community with a lot of great people," he said. "I'd be very happy if things worked out and I was able to retire here."

Name: David Spillers

Occupation: CEO of Huntsville Hospital Health System

City of residence: Huntsville

Family:  Wife Cindy, married for 31 years.

Civic affiliations: Executive committee of the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce; Board Member Downtown Huntsville Inc., Rotary and Committee of 100.  

What is your favorite quote?  From the first board chair I worked for: "If we both always agree, one of us doesn't need to work here."  We were both there for a long time.

Best theoretical dinner party of four: you and who? Fred Couples, Greg Norman and Arnold Palmer. Can you tell I like golf?  

Best advice you ever got:  Education is great, but you only get experience one day at a time.  As I have gotten older I have realized how true that is.

Best book you ever read and why?  I read for fun. I like anything by Dale Brown or Lee Childs.

Latest accomplishment?  Huntsville Hospital Health System. I am proud of what our team does all over North Alabama.

Best thing mom or dad ever taught you?  Work hard, be disciplined, never give up, and treat everyone the way you would like to be treated.  

Guilty pleasure?  Riding my motorcycle to nowhere in particular.

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