Alan Keesee has been named by Virginia Commonwealth University one of the university's top 10 graduates of the previous decade.
The VCU Office of Alumni Relations' 10 Under 10 awards celebrate alumni who earned their first VCU degree within the past 10 years and have enjoyed remarkable professional success, made important contributions to their community and/or loyally supported the university.
Keesee, a 2009 graduate of VCU's master of health administration program, began his career as a director of business operations in HCA Healthcare's Capital Division in Richmond, Virginia, where he led strategic planning, outpatient imaging, business development and project management. After only a year at the company, he competed against more than 1,000 applicants to land one of seven slots in the company's executive development program, subsequently rising quickly through HCA's ranks. He served for three years as Henrico (Virginia) Doctors' Hospital's associate chief operating officer, then became chief operating officer at Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee, Florida, in 2013. There he led daily operations of the 266-bed acute care facility with 1,000 employees and 90,000 ER visits. He also served as the ethics and compliance officer while overseeing a team responsible for all support, diagnostic and procedural departments.
In 2015, Keesee accepted the chief operating officer position at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, an opportunity that put his leadership skills to the ultimate test. In the aftermath of the Las Vegas concert shooting in 2017, Keesee and his team provided care for hundreds of victims. In the wake of the event, he has traveled across the country to speak about the importance of creating a team that can support patients — and each other — during crises. Keesee returned to Capital Regional Medical Center in 2018, where he is president and CEO, overseeing 1,400 employees and 380 medical staff members.
This rising star has received honors including the 2019 Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Health Care Executive. Keesee also serves on several boards and committees, including the United Way of the Big Bend and Meals on Wheels Elder Care Services, both in Tallahassee, and VCU's College of Health Professions Health Administration Alumni Advisory Committee.