Longtime UH Leader Named Chief Operating Officer for University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center

Todd Harford, RN, BSN, MBA, will continue his steady, focused leadership at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center when he assumes the role of Chief Operating Officer permanently, effective Dec. 1. He has been interim COO since August and has for the past two years served as COO of UH Samaritan Medical Center, which will be led in the interim by William Benoit, Chief Operating Officer, South Market.

A longtime leader who recently celebrated 27 years with UH, Harford guided UH Samaritan Medical Center throughout the pandemic to meet goals for patient experience and exceeding its financial projections. With a focus on the strategic plan while also rounding regularly and motivating his team with a steady presence, Harford exhibits the leadership that can bring UH Elyria the kind of success he has achieved in other roles. During his two years at UH Samaritan, Harford also oversaw construction and opening of the UH Richland Health Center in Mansfield that expanded care close to home for patients and reinforced UH’s presence in the community.

Prior to leading UH Samaritan, Harford served as Chief Nursing Officer for UH Bedford and Richmond medical centers, campuses of UH Regional Hospitals. In that capacity, he fostered collaboration and open communication and helped these hospitals reach new heights in employee engagement and quality.

“UH Elyria Medical Center has a distinguished history of serving the community for more than 113 years,” says Harford. “It’s an honor for me to not only lead this dedicated team, but also to work alongside them as we strive each day to be the health care provider of choice in Lorain County and beyond.”

Harford earned an MBA from Lake Erie College in 2011. He also has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Kent State University and a bachelor’s degree in administration from Bowling Green State University. Harford also brings considerable clinical experience to his new role, with more than 13 years at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, including three years handling strategic planning and clinical integration as System Director of Invasive Cardiovascular Services, and more than six years managing the cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs at UH Cleveland Medical Center.

About University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center

Founded in 1908, University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center is a 387-licensed bed hospital with additional campuses in Amherst, Avon, North Ridgeville and Sheffield Village. Part of the University Hospitals health system, UH Elyria Medical Center offers patients access to UH Cleveland Medical Center, a nationally recognized academic medical center, as well as programs from internationally recognized centers of excellence such as UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute and UH Seidman Cancer Center. UH Elyria Medical Center has been designated a certified primary stroke center by the Joint Commission and has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for its treatment of heart attack patients. For more information, visit UHElyria.org.

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