South County Health announced that Aaron Robinson will become the organization’s President/CEO starting April 1, 2019. Board of Trustees Chairman, Dennis Lynch, said that the search for a new CEO began shortly after Lou Giancola, President/CEO, announced his intent to retire back in May 2018.
“The Board of Trustees initiated a nationwide search for qualified candidates who possess the experience, vision and leadership qualities to sustain South County Health’s reputation for high quality healthcare and exceptional patient experience,” Mr. Lynch said.
Using an executive search firm experienced in the healthcare industry, over 80 applicants were vetted. The final selection was made giving full consideration of input from South County Health’s Board of Trustees, donors, past board chairs, organization leadership, medical staff, and staff.
Mr. Robinson, who will relocate from Florida, served as CEO of Community Hospitals and was also System Service Line Executive for Heart & Vascular services at Health First. Located in Rockledge, FL, Health First is a $2 billion Integrated Health System of hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, post-acute & wellness services, and a health plan. He previously served as that organization’s Oncology Service Line Executive and System Vice President overseeing the Outpatient & Wellness Division.
“Aaron’s extensive executive-level leadership experience within community hospital settings, in combination with his energy and engaging style, distinguished him among the other highly qualified finalist candidates,” Mr. Lynch said, noting Aaron’s past successes in hospital operations and innovative service line development. “His enthusiasm and thoughtfulness for meeting South County Health’s current and future challenges, coupled with his warmth and sense of humor is a good match for South County Health’s culture of caring for the community.”
Lou Giancola agrees with Mr. Lynch’s confidence in Aaron’s ability to lead South County Health.
“I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Aaron during the hiring process and was impressed by his understanding and commitment to the role of community hospitals, his commitment to sustaining our collaborative culture and his forward thinking perspective on healthcare,” Mr. Giancola said. “He understands the importance of building the kind of relationships with providers and staff that are necessary to sustain the organization.”
Lou’s retirement will take effect as of March 29, 2019.