York Township-based WellSpan Health announced today that Bruce A. Solomon has been appointed its executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 6.
Solomon will focus on strategies and further develop an infrastructure that will enhance operational performance, teamwork, quality of care and growth in programs across WellSpan's local systems of care in Adams, Lancaster and York counties, according to a news release. That will entail working with system leaders to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and promote coordinated care among the four hospitals and ambulatory services and facilities.
A health care executive with more than 20 years of leadership experience, Solomon comes to WellSpan from New York, where he served since 2011 as a senior adviser with BDC Advisors, a national health care strategy consulting firm that serves major health care systems, academic medical centers, health plans and large physician groups.
Prior to that, Solomon served as chief operating officer of Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York, where he oversaw an expansion and a $320 million modernization of the facility. His career has included senior-level positions at Harvard Medical International, Boston, where he oversaw the start-up of a 400-bed university teaching hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, Mass., where he served in a variety of roles, including chief operating officer, senior vice president of hospital clinical services, chief administrative officer of the physician organization and hospital associate chief operating officer.
Solomon also has served as executive director of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.
"It was clear to me what type of organization I was looking for," Solomon says of his decision to pursue the opportunity at WellSpan. "First and foremost, it had to be mission-driven. All organizations have missions, but it was apparent to me that WellSpan really lives its mission. Second, the organization had to be committed to its community, both as it relates to the health of that community as well as caring for the needs of the underserved. I look forward to achieving a deeper understanding of WellSpan's strengths and challenges and am eager to begin working with my colleagues to offer the local communities greater value in the coming months and years."
Solomon holds master's degrees in public health and business administration from Tulane University and a bachelor's degree from Roanoke College. He and his wife, Dr. Joan Lebow, have three children ranging in age from 10 to 16.