St. Thomas - At a press conference hosted by the St. Thomas - St. John District Governing Board on Monday, April 8th, Dr. Bernard A. Wheatley was officially announced as the Chief Executive Officer of the Schneider Regional Medical Center, as he formally assumed the top executive role of the organization.
Dr. Wheatley, a Virgin Islands native, holds both a Master’s and a Doctorate in Business Administration. He was selected from a field of qualified applicants, based on his extensive and prestigious experience in healthcare settings and his familiarity with the Territory. Cornel Williams, Chairman of the District Governing Board, stated that Dr. Wheatley has over 30 years of experience in hospital work and would be bringing a wealth of skill and knowledge to Schneider Regional Medical Center. Dr. Wheatley’s selection as the new Chief Executive Officer was revealed at the Governing Board’s meeting in February.
“I am delighted to be the new Chief Executive Officer of Schneider Regional Medical Center. It has always been my goal to return to the Virgin Islands to work, and it is an honor to use my education and experience to benefit my home community,” Dr. Wheatley stated.
For the past 18 years, he was Vice President of Operations of Athens Regional Medical Center in Georgia. In that position, he directed Facilities Management, which included Construction, Engineering, Biomedical, Telecommunications, Project Management, Security, Dietary, Environmental Services, and much more. Earlier in his career, he served at United Hospital Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, both in New Jersey. He is also a certified Radiologic Technologist.
Dr. Wheatley received his bachelor’s degree in health administration from St. Joseph’s College in New York, his master’s degree from New York Institute of Technology and his doctorate from Northcentral University in Arizona. He has attained Certificates from Executive Programs in Healthcare Management from The Ohio State University and in Health Care Policy from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a member of the National Association of Healthcare Executives. In 2011 he received the Regent’s Senior Executive Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives in recognition of his significant contribution to the advancement of healthcare management.
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