Cleveland's MetroHealth System said a subcommittee of its CEO Search Committee overwhelmingly has decided to recommend Dr. Edward Hills, MetroHealth's chief operating officer, as interim CEO until a full-time CEO is recruited.
MetroHealth said the recommendation is expected to be voted on Dec. 19 during the next regular meeting of the health system's board of trustees.
It became necessary to name an interim CEO after Dr. John Brennan late last month decided to back out of his commitment to become MetroHealth's next CEO and MetroHealth's current CEO, Mark Moran, informed the board he would exit the post come Jan. 1. The situation has forced the board to resume the search for a new CEO, and to select an interim CEO to fill the job until then.
“I am confident that the board will confirm this recommendation,” MetroHealth board chairman Ronald Fountain said in a statement. “Dr. Hills has been in a senior leadership role for several years and has been an essential member of the leadership team. His current responsibility as chief operating officer has provided him with the best experience possible in keeping MetroHealth on solid financial footing. His appointment now will allow for a good transition during Mark's remaining weeks at MetroHealth.”
Dr. Hills said in a statement that it is “important for the entire organization to understand that a change in leadership will not set us back.”
“I will have the responsibility to ensure that we continue to make progress on our strategic initiatives,” Dr. Hills said. “I will be counting on the continued strong leadership of my colleagues throughout the organization.”
Dr. Hills has been on the medical staff of MetroHealth for nearly 20 years. He was appointed as chief operating officer in 2011 and is responsible for medical operations.