SJMC’s William A. Young to Head Southwest General

William A. Young, Jr.

William A. Young, Jr.

St. John Medical Center President and CEO William A. Young, Jr. will be leaving his post at SJMC to join Southwest Community Health System in Middleburg Hts. in January.

The news came last week in an announcement from Richard A. Hanson, President, University Hospitals Community Hospitals and Ambulatory Network.

“It is with mixed emotions that we announce William A. Young, Jr., President and CEO of St. John Medical Center, has accepted the position of President and CEO for Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights, effective Jan. 1, 2016,” said Hanson.

In moving to Southwest General, Young joins another joint-venture hospital with University Hospitals.

Young’s move comes after a search to replace retiring Southwest General President Thomas A. Selden, FACHE, who is retiring after more than eight years of leadership at Southwest General as president and CEO.

Young brings more than 20 years of health system and community hospital leadership experience to Southwest General.

“Since assuming his current role with St. John in December of 2011, Bill and his senior leadership team have strengthened the hospital’s position as a Catholic health care leader on Cleveland’s Westside,” added Hanson.

“Most notably, Bill was instrumental in growing the St. John medical staff and adding services such as the UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute at SJMC; UH Seidman Cancer Center at SJMC; and oversight of the pediatrics unit by UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.”

“Under Bill’s leadership, the hospital has also made tremendous strides in the areas of quality and patient care excellence, receiving numerous national and local awards,” said Hanson. “Throughout his tenure, Bill has guided the hospital as a leader in serving the needs of the community and helping to preserve the hospital’s Catholic identity.”

“I am honored and grateful to the board of trustees for this opportunity,” said Young. “I believe in the mission and values of Southwest General, and I look forward to working with the employees, volunteers and Medical Staff to ensure a successful and healthy future for the organization.”

A search will begin immediately for a new leader for St. John Medical Center.

“St. John’s future is bright as we continue to make a difference in our community by upholding the hospital’s commitment to excellence and maintaining its Catholic identity,” said Hanson. “Please join us in thanking Bill for his many contributions to the success of St. John Medical Center as he approaches his new leadership role with Southwest General.”

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