(Marietta, OH, October 13, 2008) - Larry J. Unroe, president and ceo for the Memorial Health System, announces his retirement after 24 years with the organization. Unroe will retire in December 2008. Scott Cantley, current executive vice president and coo, will become the organization’s new president and ceo.
Unroe, 61, joined the staff in 1984 as president and ceo of Memorial Health System. During his time, the hospital has grown from 500 to 1,200 employees, 80 to 147 physicians, 23,000 to 32,000 annual emergency visits and 76,000 to 183,000 annual outpatient visits. Under his leadership, Marietta Memorial Hospital was named one of the top 10 Best Employers in the State of Ohio in 2008.
Unroe is credited with the strong strategic direction of the hospital during his tenure. The hospital has seen the addition many new services including the Rehabilitation Center, which has been stroke accredited, the Strecker Cancer Center, Behavioral Medicine, Wound Center and Interventional Cardiology.
Under his leadership, the hospital has completed 5 major facility expansions, including the most recent 95,000 square foot, $25 million South Pavilion Expansion project, and the addition of Harmar Place Extended Care, Glenwood Retirement Community and Selby General Hospital to the Memorial Health System. The system is also comprised of several satellite locations including the Broughton Health Building, Wayne Street Medical Campus, and Belpre Medical Campus. The hospital completed two Capital campaigns totaling over $8 million.
“ With his stewardship and vision we have a wonderful state of the art facility, says Memorial Health System board chair Charlotte Hatfield, “Despite the rapid growth of our hospital and despite all the challenges in the industry, Marietta Memorial has maintained a strong fiscal integrity.”
"Larry Unroe is a dedicated leader who has always focused on doing the right thing for our hospital and the health of our community," says Jim Barengo, former board member and chairman of the Marietta Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. "While the hospital has grown and adapted to changes in the health care industry over the years, Larry has successfully maintained the hospital’s position as a people-oriented, community-based hospital.”
“Larry has worked with the board in preparation for this day,” says Hatfield. “He began succession planning several years ago to ensure the organization is well prepared. The board is most appreciative of all the years Larry has devoted to leading our hospital. A mark of an exceptional leader is the team they assemble to meet the organization’s needs. Thanks to Larry, we have an excellent team at MMH today, and while we will say good-bye to an excellent ceo and president, Larry leaves us very well positioned as a leader in the community hospital arena and with strong leadership.”
"While this is a difficult decision it comes at the right time both professionally and personally, and is timed to provide a smooth transition for the organization I love.
It's been an absolute privilege serving as president and ceo of the Memorial Health System these past 24 years," says Unroe. "I have always believed that our community hospital is something special, and that is because of the extraordinary care and attention given to patients by the staff, volunteers and physicians. As I prepare for my retirement, I have complete confidence in the future of this great hospital that has been serving the community for over 80 years."
Unroe is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, chairman of Ohio Valley Hospital Consortium and serves on various boards and committees of the Ohio Hospital Association. His community activities include Marietta Rotary Club, Business Advisory Council of Marietta City Schools and board member of the Washington State Community College and South Eastern Ohio Port Authority. The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce recognized him as the Business Leader of the Year in 2004. He is a past board member of the Marietta Chamber of Commerce, Marietta Family YMCA, Horizons, and the Marshall University Alumni Association.
Prior to working at Marietta Memorial Hospital, Unroe worked in health care administrative positions in Kentucky and West Virginia.
About Marietta Memorial Hospital and the Memorial Health System –
Marietta Memorial Hospital is a 199-bed not-for-profit community hospital within a health system consisting of a full service cancer center, rehabilitation center, extended care facility, retirement community, and a critical access hospital and physician corporation. The hospital was named as one of the top 10 employers in the State of Ohio in 2008. It delivers a broad spectrum of services including a comfortable birthing center; behavioral health services; inpatient rehabilitation, specialized cardiac services; state-of-the-art outpatient cancer center; orthopedics, emergency medicine, wellness programs focusing on nutrition, seniors and others; home nursing and hospice services; neurosurgical services; and more. The Memorial Health System now has over 2,000 employees and includes:
About Scott Cantley-
Scott Cantley holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Healthcare Administration from Marshall University as well as a Masters in Business Administration from West Virginia University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He joined Marietta Memorial hospital in 1994 as the Administrative Director of Human Resources and has since held titles as Vice President HR & Support Services as well as Sr. and Executive Vice President & COO.
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