By Kevin Kelley
A hospital administrator with five years of experience leading two Cleveland Clinic regional hospitals has been named St. John Medical Center’s new president and CEO.
William A. Young Jr., who has 25 years of experience in the health care industry, will begin his duties at the Westlake hospital Dec. 31. He succeeds Cliff Coker, who is retiring after leading St. John since 2006.
Young, who previously led a Catholic-affiliated hospital in Warren, told West Life that the opportunity to get back into a faith-based organization is what attracted him to the top job at St. John.
“This is an exciting opportunity to get back into Catholic health care,” he said.
“The medical center has an outstanding reputation and a strong future,” Young said in a statement released by the hospital last week. “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.”
Young, 50, said his first goal is to learn all about everything that’s currently going on at the hospital.
“We’re doing a lot of the right things right now,” he said.
Among Young’s top responsibilities at St. John will be the completion of the hospital’s five-year, $100-million strategic plan, which includes hospital renovations and the addition of specialty programs.
A native of Toledo, Young said he’s looking to get up to speed on the strategic plan and what still needs to be done to carry it out.
A 14,000-square-foot addition to the emergency department and surgical area is planned. A dedicated breast health center is scheduled to open in a few weeks. An expanded and renovated entrance and lobby area is also near completion. Some time next year, the campus will open a branch of the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.
Young spent more than five years as chief operating officer at South Pointe and Marymount hospitals, two Cleveland Clinic regional hospitals in Warrensville Heights and Garfield Heights, respectively. In October, Young was named interim president of South Pointe.
Before that, Young served four years as president of St. Joseph Health Center in Warren. There, Young oversaw a $19-million construction project that included the expansion of operating suites, ancillary service areas and patient bed capacity. In addition, he implemented a program that increased patient volume in the emergency room, and oversaw the effort to achieve Level III trauma status.
Young earned a master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toledo and a bachelor of science degree from Ohio Northern University. He is a graduate of the Catholic Healthcare Partners Leadership Academy and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Executives Association of Northeast Ohio.
St. John Medical Center is co-owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals. In 2009, University Hospitals assumed business operations as part of a management agreement that was announced as part of the $100 million strategic investment plan.