President, Triangle Region
Steve Burriss was named president of the UNC Health Care System’s Triangle Region in October 2019. In this role, he will help lead the transformation of UNC Health Care into a clinically integrated system of hospitals, clinics and physician practices. The Triangle Region consists of seven hospitals and stretches as far west as Chatham County to Johnston County in the east. He will oversee the leaders at UNC Hospitals – including Chatham and Hillsborough, UNC REX Healthcare – including Holly Springs Hospital (opening in 2021), Johnston Health - both Clayton and Smithfield and all ambulatory care sites.
In April 2015, Burriss was named president of UNC REX Healthcare. In that role, he oversaw all aspects of the 660-bed health system's operations and its 7,000 co-workers at six campuses across Wake County including the North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital. This state-of-the-art facility, which opened in 2017, is UNC REX’s largest expansion to date since moving to its main Raleigh campus in 1980.
In April 2012, Burriss was named chief operating officer at UNC REX. Prior to his role as COO, he held several executive operational roles, including senior vice president of operations and ambulatory services, in which he managed a variety of areas, including Rex Cancer Center, heart and vascular services, physician services and ambulatory services. Under Burriss’ leadership, UNC REX added three new health campuses, two joint-venture surgery centers and more than 150 physicians.
Burriss joined Rex in 1998 as director of human resources and was later promoted to vice president of human resources. In 2013 he was named a “COO to know”, “CEO to know in 2017” by Becker’s Hospital Review and received recognition from the Triangle Business Journal as “40 Under 40.” During his tenure, UNC REX was highlighted as one of the Top 50 Hospitals in the U.S. by Becker’s Hospital Review, consistently earned straight A’s from the Leapfrog Group for patient safety since 2012 – one of 36 hospitals in the nation and the only one in North Carolina to achieve this, twice named Best Hospital in North Carolina by Business North Carolina magazine and received the CMS 5 Star Rating in 2017 and 2019.
In 2017, Burriss was recognized with the Goodmon Award for his exemplary work and commitment to the economic growth and vitality of the Triangle region. He takes an active role in our community, and serves on the board of the North Carolina Symphony. He also served as co-chair for the 2019 Wake County Community Health Needs Assessment. He previously served on the boards of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Raleigh and Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was chair of the 2017 American Heart Association Heart Ball and chair of the 2015 March of Dimes’ Triangle March for Babies.
Burriss earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and an MBA from Marshall University. He lives in Raleigh with his wife, Tina, and has two children.