William A. Young Jr. Named President and CEO of St. John Medical Center

Westlake, Ohio – St. John Medical Center (SJMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of William A. Young Jr. as President and CEO of St. John Medical Center. The announcement was made by Ronald W. Dees, Chairman of the Board of Directors for St. John Medical Center, which is co-owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals (UH). Mr. Young will begin his new role by December 31, 2011.

As President and CEO, Young will oversee the daily operations and lead the medical center’s growth and service expansion plans as it continues to meet the needs of the west side community. Specifically, he will manage the medical center’s five-year, $100-million strategic plan, which includes hospital renovations and adding specialty services and programs. Over the past year, several strategic initiatives were implemented such as opening the University Hospitals Neurological Institute at SJMC; expanding and relocating the Pain Management Center; installing digital mammography as well as adding a state-of-the-art special procedures room. In a few weeks, SJMC will open a Breast Health Center. Early next year, the campus will welcome a satellite location of the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, as well as the completion of a renovated entrance and front lobby.

“Mr. Young brings to St. John Medical Center more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry,” said Thomas F. Zenty III, Chief Executive Officer, UH. “His wealth of leadership ability has demonstrated outstanding strategic planning that has produced exemplary results throughout his career. Young will be a tremendous asset to St. John Medical Center, and will strengthen its position as the health care leader on Cleveland’s west side.”

Prior to his appointment as President and CEO of SJMC, Young spent more than five years as Chief Operating Officer for South Pointe and Marymount hospitals. Before coming to Cleveland, Young worked at Humility of Mary Health Partners where he served four years as President of St. Joseph Health Center in Warren. There, Young had oversight of a $19-million construction project which included replacement and expansion of operating suites, expanded ancillary service areas and increased patient bed capacity. In addition, he implemented plans that increased patient volume in the emergency room, and oversaw the effort to achieve Level III trauma status.

“We are pleased that Mr. Young will serve in this critical leadership role for St. John Medical Center,” said Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, President and CEO, Sisters of Charity Health System. “With proven leadership and operational skills, Mr. Young will be integral to ensuring the growth and expansion of St. John Medical Center,” Karam said. She added, “With his extensive background and dedication to Catholic health care, I am confident he will continue to fulfill our faith-based mission, support the provision of high quality patient-centered care in service to the community and prepare the medical center for the future of health care.”

Young earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toledo and a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio Northern University. Young is a graduate of the Catholic Healthcare Partners Leadership Academy. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Executives Association of Northeast Ohio. Young currently serves as a board member for Catholic Charities Health and Human Services, American Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region, Warrensville Heights Area Chamber of Commerce and Harvard Community Services Center.

“I am honored to accept the position as President and CEO of St. John Medical Center,” said Young. “The medical center has an outstanding reputation and a strong future. I look forward to working with its first-rate and dedicated team of physicians, employees and volunteers to further solidify its leadership position on Cleveland’s west side, and provide the surrounding communities with the high-quality, technologically advanced health care it deserves.”

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