The Reading Hospital Board of Directors appointed two seasoned healthcare executives to the top two administrative positions for the health system on an interim basis.
The President and Chief Executive Officer of The Reading Hospital system and The Reading Hospital and Medical Center is Clint Matthews, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Matthews has more than 30 years experience in executive management, performance improvement, organizational redesign, operations management, and strategic planning for hospitals and healthsystems in urban, suburban, and rural markets. He will begin transition planning on June 1 with Scott R. Wolfe, who announced his resignation as President and CEO earlier this month.
The interim Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer is James L. Rosenberg, of Pittsburgh. Also with 30 years of executive experience in healthcare operations, financing, and strategic planning and implementation, Rosenberg will begin his Reading Hospital tenure on June 7.
In making these announcements, Board Chairman C. Thomas Work noted that the new CEO and COO were selected for their vast experience in senior healthcare management with a focus on providing strategic leadership during planned transitions. “Both Clint and Jim will hit the ground running, and provide expert leadership to advance the strategic vision for our current system to become a patient-centric, physician-led organization accountable for all facets of our community’s health.”
According to Mr. Work, the transition period may last as long as 12-18 months. This period gives the Board, Medical Staff, and Senior Management additional opportunity to refine the vision, identify the qualities necessary for leadership of the new enterprise, and recruit and select those key leaders for The Reading Hospital.
Clint Matthews, a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center nursing program, holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Texas Woman’s University. Most recently, he served as interim CEO at Southern Regional Health System in Riverdale, Georgia. Its flagship, the nonprofit, 331-bed Southern Regional Medical Center offers medical/surgical care for inpatients, outpatients, and emergency/trauma patients, and is home to the Georgia Orthopedic Institute, Bariatric Center, acute rehab facility, and advanced surgery center.
Prior to that, Matthews served on an interim basis as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Implementation Officer at Methodist Hospitals in Gary and Merrillville, Indiana. This member of the American College of Healthcare Executives also served as interim CEO for Lourdes Hospital and Princeton Community Hospital Association and Tenet Healthcare hospitals in Texas and Florida.
Jim Rosenberg is a diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He holds a master’s degree in business/hospital administration from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity College.
Rosenberg most recently served as Chief Operating Officer during a planned leadership transition at the University of Virginia Medical Center. His prior senior leadership positions included experiences with the healthcare facilities at Georgetown University, Medical College of Ohio, SUNY Upstate at Syracuse, and West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh.