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Thursday, April 1, 2010

St. Joseph names new president

NASHUA – St. Joseph Hospital named David Ross as its new president and chief executive officer Wednesday.

Ross, a Massachusetts native, is replacing Peter Davis, who was the head of the hospital for a quarter-century. Davis announced his plans to retire last summer; Ross will assume his new position May 10.

According to a press release, Ross comes to St. Joseph from Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in St. Peters, Mo. Ross is also involved as a board member with United Way and Make- A-Wish-Foundation.

Ross was not available for comment Wednesday.

“I look forward to working closely with the physicians and staff at this exceptional hospital to enhance the quality care the community has come to expect from them for their health care needs,” Ross said in a press release.

Melissa Sears, a spokewoman for the hospital, did not have information about his salary.

Ross was selected after a national search conducted over the past 10 months, which involved interviews with the hospital’s board of directors and the Covenant Health Systems board of directors. Physician leadership and hospital staff were involved in the selection process.

“The search committee, and all who participated in the search process, were impressed with Mr. Ross’ accomplishments and leadership qualities,” Dale Gilpin, chair of the hospital’s board of directors, said in a press release. “His fresh vision and dynamic ability to build consensus will serve the hospital well for years to come.”

Prior to his current position in Missouri, Ross held CEO and executive management positions at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo., North Iowa Mercy Health Center in Mason City, Iowa, and Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls, Iowa.

Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in arts from Yale College and a master’s degree in health administration and a juris doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis.

Michael Brindley can be reached at 594-6426 or mbrindley@nashua wtelegraph.com.