WAKEFIELD — South County Health announced Thursday that Aaron Robinson will become the organization’s president and CEO on April 1. Dennis Lynch, chairman of the board of trustees, said that a nationwide search for a new chief executive began shortly after longtime CEO Lou Giancola announced his intent to retire last spring.
The organization said that more than 80 applicants were vetted by a search firm experienced in the health care industry. South County trustees, donors, leaders of the organization, and the medical staff were consulted.
Robinson comes to South County from the Health First system, based in Rockledge, Florida, near Melbourne. Health First is a $2 billion integrated health system. He joined the system in July 2014. At Health First, Robinson served most recently as CEO of community hospitals and was also an executive for heart and vascular services. Before that he held various positions for more than five years with SSM Health Care (St. Joseph Health Center), based in St. Charles, Mo.
He received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1991 and an MBA in 2008 from Lindenwood University, in St. Charles.
“Aaron’s extensive executive-level leadership experience within community hospital settings, in combination with his energy and engaging style, distinguished him among the other highly qualified finalist candidates,” Lynch said. “His enthusiasm and thoughtfulness for meeting South County Health’s current and future challenges, coupled with his warmth and sense of humor, is a good match for South County Health’s culture of caring for the community.”
Giancola, who had been chief executive since November 2000, said he met with Robinson and was impressed by his commitment to the role of community hospitals, and his forward thinking perspective on health. care. “He understands the importance of building the kind of relationships with providers and staff that are necessary to sustain the organization.”
Giancola’s retirement will take effect on March 29.