The change in executive leadership at Union Hospital began today. Bruce James is the new president and CEO of Union Hospital in Dover. James was selected for the hospital?s top job following a six-month search by the Board of Trustees and consideration of dozens of candidates locally, around Ohio, and around the nation.
James has held executive leadership positions at hospitals in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and his native State of Tennessee. After earning a Master?s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1980 James began his career at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio and his wife is a native of the Day ton area. They have an adult daughter.
James succeeds William Harding who is retiring from the CEO?s post after 26 years and a total of 29 years at Union Hospital. Harding will assist James during a brief transition time.
John E. Dooling of Dover, chairman of the hospital Board of Trustees, says Bruce James is an outstanding person to take the leadership position at Union Hospital.
?Bruce James comes to us with an impressive resume of experience and accomplishment at some outstanding hospitals around the country,? Dooling said. ?The Board is excited to have Mr. James as our new president and CEO and we?re looking forward to the leadership he will bring to our community.?
With family ties in the South and in Ohio, James says he is pleased to be returning to the Midwest.
?I began my professional career in Dayton and am excited by this opportunity to return to Ohio,? James said. ?Union Hospital presents a wonderful opportunity for me to join an outstanding organization that has recently earned national distinction as one of the 100 top hospitals in the United States. I?m looking forward to working with a great group of employees, physicians, and becoming a part of this outstanding community.?