SALEM - Steven T. Ruwoldt, a resident of New York state, has been selected as the new CEO of Salem Community Hospital.
Catherine Hubbs, chair of the SCH Board of Directors, announced the appointment of Howard Rohleder's successor in a press release issued Thursday. Rohleder will retire at the end of June.
According to the press release, Ruwoldt most recently served as CEO for Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, New York, a position he held until April 2011, according to his profile on LinkedIn. He has more than 20 years experience in hospital administrative positions.
He started in health care as a pharmacist and held executive level positions at Mt. Clemens General Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Mich., Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg, Pa., and Lutheran Hospital, a member hospital of the Cleveland Clinic Health System, in Cleveland.
The press release said Ruwoldt is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the board of directors for the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association. He completed undergraduate degrees in biology and pharmacy at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. and received his Master of Health Administration from the University of Michigan.
"Salem Community Hospital has served the local community for nearly a century, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to join this health care team," he said in the press release. "My goal is to help the hospital remain independent and successful in the ever-changing health care environment. I strongly believe that community involvement is critical to the hospital's success, and I look forward to meeting and working with the citizens of Salem and the surrounding communities."
When asked what made him stand out from other candidates, Michele Hoffmeister, SCH Director of Public Relations, said in a written response that he "brings over 20 years of health care executive experience to the position. He has worked in hospitals of varying sizes, with solid experience in community hospitals like SCH, and also in some challenging circumstances."
"He is known for his focus on quality care and hospitality, and his values are in line with those of the hospital. Mr. Ruwoldt also understands the importance of the community's involvement in the hospital, as well as the importance of his personal involvement in the community," she wrote.
Rohleder announced his plans to retire in September, with the hospital conducting the search for his replacement with assistance from a search consultant.
Hoffmeister said over 100 resumes were received that were systematically screened through a search committee formed by the SCH board. Six candidates were brought to the hospital for half-day interviews with the search committee, then the number was reduced to two candidates, who were invited to return for interviews with more than 30 individuals each. Representatives from the hospital's board of directors, medical staff, administrative and employee staff assisted in the interview process.
Ruwoldt and his wife of 28 years, Linda, have a 14-year-old son, Peter.