The Board of Directors of The Reading Hospital and Medical Center announced today that Scott R. Wolfe has decided to step down as President and Chief Executive Officer.
In making the announcement, C. Thomas Work, Chairman of the Board, said he was delighted that Mr. Wolfe has agreed to remain at The Reading Hospital during the transition to new management.
Mr. Work said a committee of the board would be appointed to seek a successor to Mr. Wolfe.
Mr. Wolfe said, "Our team has done a tremendous job of ensuring excellent clinical outcomes for the patients we serve, and assuring the financial strength that will give The Reading Hospital the momentum it needs to realize the long-range strategic plan on which we have been working.”
“With that strategic plan firmly in place, and after nearly three decades of executive service here in Reading, I have concluded that the time is right for me to seek my next challenge," Mr. Wolfe said.
Mr. Work said, “Among the hospital’s many achievements during Scott’s tenure, we have been recognized for delivering a level of care that is among the very best in the nation, and for meeting, or in many cases, exceeding ‘best practices’ nationally for clinical excellence and patient safety.”
Mr. Work continued, "We are grateful to Scott for his many years of service and his leadership and vision, particularly in spearheading the plan that will guide us in the years ahead to the highest standards of quality and patient safety."
At its core, that plan envisions a physician-led organization accountable for the health status of the communities it serves – a patient-centered organization that will provide the region with state-of-the-art health care.
Among the nation’s largest community-based teaching hospitals, The Reading Hospital and Medical Center is a 672-bed tertiary care facility and trauma center and 110-bed facility for post-acute rehabilitation. It is Berks County’s largest health care provider and employer.
Mr. Wolfe was named CEO in 2007, after 20 years at The Reading Hospital, 15 of them in senior management.
As CEO, Mr. Wolfe continued the transformation of a local healthcare resource into a nationally-recognized system that treated one million patients last year in one of the safest hospital environments in the country.