President & CEO Jim Woodward Announces Resignation

Meriter-UnityPoint Health announced today that Meriter President and CEO Jim Woodward has given his resignation. Woodward accepted a new position as CEO of Elliot Health System in Manchester, NH.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to be part of the Meriter family for nearly eight years,” said Woodward. “There’s no doubt that Meriter, and health care systems throughout the country, is experiencing a lot of change, but I’m resolute in our decision to affiliate with a strong and vibrant partner like UnityPoint Health. I’m leaving Meriter confident that they are set up for future success.”

“Jim has a commitment for impeccable quality and outstanding service – always putting the patient at the center of what we do,” said Meriter-UnityPoint Health Board Chair Ginny Graves. “I sincerely appreciate Jim’s amazing vision and owe him a great debt of gratitude for the road of success he’s led us down. He will be sincerely missed, although we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

During his tenure, Woodward’s accomplishments include the growth and development of the Meriter Medical Group, being twice recognized as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thompson Reuters, receiving Most Wired Hospital awards and receiving the American Hospital Association’s Quest for Quality award.

Woodward’s last day at Meriter is June 30, 2014. Transition and succession plans are currently being implemented.

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