Joseph Scott is leaving 567-bed Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he is chief executive officer to serve as president and CEO of three-hospital LibertyHealth in Jersey City, N.J.
Scott, 52, replaces Jonathan Metsch who resigned in 2006. Shortly after Metschs departure, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services ordered the system to review and reassess its financial performance, which LibertyHealth has been doing in collaboration with consultants Wellspring Partners. Last April, the system subsequently announced operation improvements and a repositioning of medical services that was expected to save $32 million for 331-bed Jersey City Medical Center, its flagship hospital. The repositioning included plans for Jersey City to consolidate with nearby 88-bed Greenville Hospital.
Scott has been an administrator with Broward Health since 1986 and is expected to begin at LibertyHealth in about 60 days. E. Stephen Kirby, who has been at various times LibertyHealths chief operating officer and chief financial officer, has served as interim president and CEO since 2006. Kirby has agreed to serve in that role through the transition but his future after that is unclear, a spokesman said. -- by Cinda Becker
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