OVHS&E Board of Directors Names Caruso Chief Executive Officer

Thursday, April 26, 2012

WHEELING, W.Va. – Matthew Thomas, chairman of the Ohio Valley Health Services & Education Corporation Board of Directors, has announced Michael J. Caruso will assume the role as interim president and chief executive officer for OVHS&E, parent company of Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital, as of February 13.

“Mike’s experience as an OVHS&E administrator, his commitment to our employees and the success of our organization, as well as his dedication to continuing the tradition of quality patient care that our hospitals have provided for over 100 years are all key attributes of what we are looking for in an interim CEO,” said Thomas. “His unwavering loyalty to our organization and employees as well as the communities we serve makes him an ideal choice to lead the OVHS&E team.”

Caruso was selected by the Board’s executive committee earlier this week to replace George Couch, who was named chief executive officer in January 2011.

“Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital have experienced a significant turnaround in 2011 and our team looks forward to continuing those efforts as we move forward in to 2012,” said Caruso. “Like the communities we serve, we believe in our medical staffs, nurses, and employees. We know we have the talented people and the right tools to be successful and remain a viable healthcare institution in the Ohio Valley.”

Caruso most recently served as the Corporate Chief Operating Officer for OVHS&E. Prior to returning to Ohio Valley Medical Center in 2009, he worked as physician relations director for West Virginia University Healthcare and as an administrator at Wheeling Hospital. Caruso brings with him over 25 years of health care management experience.

“Now more than ever, our administration is committed to collaborating and working together with the entire OVHS&E team to continue moving our hospitals forward to brighter days ahead,” said Caruso. “Our hospitals are filled with some of the healthcare industry’s most dedicated and passionate physicians, employees and staff. Each and every one of them has made our successes possible.

“The tradition of quality care runs deep throughout our organization and our patient care team have created an excellent culture and reputation based on their care and commitment to our patients,” said Caruso. “We look forward to building upon our deep-rooted traditions of providing excellent patient care to our family, friends and neighbors.”

Caruso is a graduate of the Linsly Military Academy, Marshall University and received his master’s of business administration from Wheeling Jesuit University. He is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders, and is a member of several local Boards of Directors including the Ohio County Board of Health.

He and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Wheeling and have three children, Michael, Stephanie, and Claire.

Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling West Virginia, and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry Ohio, are a 340 bed combined organization with over 1600 employees providing the only comprehensive acute and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River.