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WellSpan Health Appoints New Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Health care executive Bruce A. Solomon will join WellSpan on Jan. 6

Bruce A. Solomon

Bruce A. Solomon, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

WellSpan Health has appointed Bruce A. Solomon as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 6, 2014.

Solomon will focus on strategies and further develop an infrastructure that will enhance operational performance, teamwork, quality of care and growth in programs across WellSpan’s local systems of care in Adams County, Lancaster County and York County. He will work with system leaders to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and promote coordinated care among the organization’s four hospitals and ambulatory services and facilities.

Solomon comes to south central Pennsylvania from East Setauket, N.Y., where he most recently served as a senior advisor with BDC Advisors, a national health care strategy consulting firm. In this role, he helped organizations to prepare for a changing environment by facilitating physician and hospital affiliations and developing infrastructures to improve the overall health of individuals and communities. He has also worked with organizations to improve efficiency, productivity and the overall patient experience. 

“Bruce Solomon brings a wealth of experience that will help us realize our vision and shape the future of health care here in central Pennsylvania,” says Kevin Mosser, MD, president and chief executive officer.

Prior to joining BDC Advisors in 2011, Solomon served as chief operating officer of Stony Brook University Medical Center, a 591-bed academic medical center and Level 1 Trauma Center on Long Island, N.Y.  There, he oversaw an expansion and a $320 million modernization of the facility and significant improvements in patient safety, clinical quality and performance, cost efficiency and operational performance.  

Solomon’s career has also included senior-level positions at Harvard Medical International, Boston, where he oversaw the start-up of a 400-bed university teaching hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, Mass., where he served in a variety of roles including chief operating officer, senior vice president of hospital clinical services, chief administrative officer of the physician organization, and hospital associate chief operating officer.

Solomon emphasizes the importance of being accountable, data-driven and supportive of one another as being critical to the success of the health system as it moves toward a new future.

“As WellSpan continues to grow, we will need to focus on standardizing the ‘WellSpan way of doing things’ and implement it across the system.  I look forward to meeting and working with my new colleagues,” he says. 

Solomon has been a champion of non-profit, mission-focused initiatives during his career, having served as executive director of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, an organization that provides comprehensive medical, mental health, social and dental care to the homeless population of the greater Boston area.

“It was clear to me what type of organization I was looking for,” he says of his decision to pursue the opportunity at WellSpan. “First and foremost, it had to be mission-driven.  All organizations have missions, but it was apparent to me that WellSpan really lives its mission. Second, the organization had to be committed to its community, in terms of how it relates to the health of that community as well as caring for the needs of the underserved.”

Solomon holds master's degrees in public health and business administration from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College in Salem, Va.  He and his wife, Dr. Joan Lebow, have three children ages 10, 13 and 16.

Reporting Relationships

WellSpan’s hospital and ambulatory leaders will continue to report to the COO.   This includes: Keith Noll, senior vice president, WellSpan and president of WellSpan York Hospital; Jane Hyde, senior vice president, WellSpan and president of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital; John Porter, senior vice president, WellSpan and president of Ephrata Community Hospital; Dick Seim, senior vice president, WellSpan and president of WellSpan Specialty Services; and Debra Bradley, vice president of ambulatory and retail services.

To ensure aligned performance among the hospitals, ambulatory strategies and the WellSpan Medical Group, Megan Lecas, vice president and chief operating officer of the WellSpan Medical Group, will have a matrix (dotted line) reporting relationship with Solomon while reporting directly to Tom McGann, senior vice president of clinical practice, WellSpan and president of the WellSpan Medical Group.

Finally, as WellSpan strives to strengthen the patient experience and our capacity for learning and improvement, Human Resources/Organizational Development, Patient Experience and Performance Improvement/Lean will align more closely with clinical operations.  To support this strategy, Bob Batory, senior vice president & chief human resources officer, and Scott McNair, director of performance improvement, will report directly to Solomon.

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