- July 18, 2007
– Sentara announced today Joseph W. Savala has been selected vice president of operations at Sentara CarePlex Hospital
“Joe brings a wide array of skills to the leadership team at Sentara CarePlex Hospital. He’s played a key role in the enhancement of Norfolk General’s cancer and urology programs. This experience, combined with his diverse background in operations and engineering, makes him an asset in his new role at CarePlex,” says Debra A. Flores, administrator of Sentara CarePlex Hospital.
Effective mid-July 2007, Savala assumes responsibilities as vice president of operations at Sentara CarePlex Hospital, a position most recently held by Flores who was named administrator of Sentara CarePlex Hospital in spring 2007. In this role, Savala is responsible for clinical programs such as imaging, cardiovascular, weight loss surgery and gastrointestinal services, and hospital maintenance, security and patient and employee satisfaction. In addition he oversees outpatient services at Sentara Port Warwick.
Savala’s nine-year tenure with Sentara includes most recently serving as executive director of support services and medical programs at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital including responsibility for urology, cancer, dialysis, endoscopy, weight loss surgery, and clinical research programs, a post he held since 2003. Savala also served as director of facility services from 1998 through 2003, responsible for three Sentara hospital campuses.
Prior to joining Sentara in 1998, Savala served as facility engineer/energy manager with the City of Norfolk Public Schools. He also served as plant engineer, facilities and energy coordinator, and apprentice pipe fitter with Newport News Shipbuilding from 1978 through 1996.
A highly versatile leader, Savala earned a master of business administration degree from College of William & Mary in 1999. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University, and an associate of science degree in engineering from Thomas Nelson Community College. 40/2007