Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island installed Dr. Raymond Cox as its new executive director Monday morning.
Cox had served since July 2011 as senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer of Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. Previously, he served at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore as the chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Cox was hired after a national search by the VIM board to succeed Dr. Frank Bowen, who retired at the end of last year after 12 years as medical director.
Under Bowen's tenure, the clinic grew from six exam rooms handling 17,000 to 18,000 patient visits a year to 14 exam rooms and more than 33,000 patients visits a year, according to VIM. The clinic provides health care to people who live or work on Hilton Head or Daufuskie islands who cannot afford it on their own.
As executive director, Cox will be responsible for all medical, dental and mental health care clinic operations with 23 specialties. He also will supervise 25 full- and part-time staff members and 700 medical and lay volunteers.
"As a seasoned health care professional who is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Cox brings an impressive background to Volunteers in Medicine," said Lisa Drakeman, chairwoman of the clinic's board of directors. "He has a long history of involvement in community health and organizational oversight in hospital-based medicine, and a long-standing advocacy for high-quality healthcare for under-served women and children that will serve him well in his new role as executive director."
Cox is no stranger to the Lowcountry. He and his wife Marilyn own a home on Hilton Head and have vacationed there for more than 30 years.
Cox received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and his Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University. He completed an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University-Grady Memorial Hospital, and subsequently received a master's degree in medical management from Johns Hopkins University in 2002.
He recently served as chairman of the Maryland Patient Safety Center Perinatal Collaborative and was recently appointed to a national advisory committee on infant mortality by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
"I look forward to helping Volunteers in Medicine navigate the changes that are occurring in health care and to continuing its vital role in providing high quality care for the men, women and children of Hilton Head and Daufuskie islands," Cox said.