David Strong grew up outside of Oklahoma City, Okla., and has more than 20 years of experience in health-care management. David received his Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, and a Master of Hospital and Health Administration degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He began his career in Baton Rouge, La., as vice president of operation and ambulatory care and executive vice president at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.
He then moved to Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City as CEO, where he expanded and renovated patient units and opened the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, urgent care centers, and primary care practices. Since 2004, he has been the president of Rex Healthcare and CEO for system affiliations at the University of North Carolina Health Care System in Chapel Hill.
After more than a year without a permanent leader, Orlando Health named Strong as their new president and chief executive officer in April 2015. David Strong has been responsible for providing leadership, strategic guidance and direction for Orlando Health, which includes eight wholly-owned or affiliate hospitals; two of the largest multispecialty physician groups in Central Florida; ownership in an outpatient surgery center; and a subsidiary interest in five outpatient imaging centers.
When it comes to David Strong’s leadership style, he prefers to seek the "wisdom of the group" rather than call the shots purely on his own. Strong also credits the wisdom of his wife, Grace, to whom he's been married to for 27 years. When asked how he knows if an idea is a good one, he said, "My wife lets me know."
“We're very excited," said Dianna Morgan, chairman of the board of directors for the $2.1 billion nonprofit health system. "I think we have a bright future, and we're excited to have someone who brings both the business acumen and skills but also is just a dynamic leader, and we think he'll be a great asset to our community."
Says David, "The people that go into health care are people who are special. It’s hard work, and my goal is, with the rest of the staff and leaders, to create an environment that people want to work there, and it's the best place they've ever worked." Strong and his wife, Grace, have four children.