David J. Kilarski, President, Marymount and South Pointe Hospitals, is leaving the health system effective Nov. 1, 2011, to become President and CEO of FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a private, not-for-profit healthcare system based in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
During Kilarski's eight-year tenure as president, Marymount and South Pointe expanded services and achieved consistently high quality metrics. Executive leadership is in the process of naming interim presidents for both hospitals.
David and his wife, Teri, attended a special farewell mass and dinner Oct. 20 at Marymount Congregational Home in Garfield Heights, Ohio.
"It was a deeply moving experience in many ways," said Sr. Mary Alice Jarosz, director of mission integration at The Village at Marymount. "There were many speeches and blessings, and then Dave spoke, with tears at times, about how special it has been to spend the last eight years serving the sisters' ministry on the Marymount campus and becoming friends with so many sisters and other ministry co-workers."
Marymount Hospital in Garfield Heights, Ohio, was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis in 1949. It is the only hospital facility still sponsored by the congregation. It is now one of the regional hospitals in Cleveland Clinic's health care system.
Following is a letter from David Kilarski to the caregivers at Marymount Hospital:
It is with mixed emotions that I have tendered my resignation as President and CEO of Marymount and South Pointe Hospitals, effective Nov. 1.
I will be assuming the role of President and CEO of FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a private nonprofit healthcare system based in Pinehurst, N.C.
It has been an honor and privilege to work with the skilled and compassionate caregivers at Marymount and South Pointe. Thank you for your dedication these past eight years. We've undergone tremendous growth and expansion of services, including the new ICU/ED at Marymount and the current surgery expansion. We've demonstrated continued strength at South Pointe in the face of new competition. Both hospitals have accomplished all this while achieving consistent high-quality metrics and strong caregiver satisfaction scores. In fact, South Pointe led the regional hospitals last year in employee engagement scores.
Our successes are the result of how well our caregivers work together to take care of the needs of patients. The Cleveland Clinic health system is an amazing organization and the caliber of its caregivers has no equal.
During the next few months, I will work with Dr. David Bronson to provide a smooth transition in leadership. Interim presidents will be named at both Marymount and South Pointe before my departure.
Thank you for all that you have done on behalf of our patients over these past eight years. I will truly miss all of you.
Above: From left are Sr. Mary Alice Jarosz and David Kilarski.