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ValleyCare CEO to resign at end of year



Published: Tue, November 6, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

ValleyCare Health System of Ohio, which operates and oversees three Mahoning Valley health-care facilities, announced that David J. Fikse, its chief executive, will relinquish his position at year’s end.

ValleyCare said in a press release Monday that Fikse was giving up the position to take another job in Franklin, Tenn.

ValleyCare operates Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren and Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Howland.

“Dave has overseen a time of dramatic change for our hospitals, and we thank him for his leadership,” wrote Sandy Kessler, Northside Medical Center board of trustees chairman, in a prepared statement.

In his role with ValleyCare, where he served as CEO for more than two years, Fikse presided over the renaming of the company, assembling the individual boards and recruiting numerous physicians at each of the company’s hospitals.

During that time, Fikse helped ValleyCare become a Level III trauma center and a certified chest-pain center, and he made various capital improvements, including new technology and hospital renovations, according to ValleyCare’s release.

Kirk Ray, a 22-year industry veteran, with experience running a seven-hospital system in Fort Wayne, Ind., has been named chief executive at ValleyCare. More recently, Ray served as CEO at Dekalb Memorial Hospital in Auburn, Ind.

Ray will work closely with Fikse and the leadership at all ValleyCare Hospitals before the transition is complete at the end of the year.


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