New chief named at Trumbull Memorial

Former CEO takes new post in Massillon

WARREN — John P. Walsh, who was named Trumbull Memorial Hospital’s chief executive officer in 2013, has left the local health care facility and taken over the top executive post at Affinity Medical Center in Massillon previously held by his successor.

Walsh became Affinity’s CEO June 5, according to a news release from the medical center. The appointment came nearly four months after Community Health Systems Inc. announced it had sold ValleyCare Health System of Ohio, which includes Trumbull Memorial in Warren, Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Howland and Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, to Steward Health Care of Boston.

Steward leaders confirmed that Ron Bierman, former Affinity CEO, has been selected to lead Trumbull Memorial. They said more information about the appointment will be provided when the official announcement about the change in leadership is made within the next few weeks.

Bierman worked at Affinity 34 years, serving as CEO since 2008, until he left in August. A Steward spokesman said Walsh chose not to continue his employment at Trumbull Memorial.

Walsh was not available for comment because he is away at a conference this week, an Affinity spokesperson said.

The Valley health care system is among eight the Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems sold to subsidiaries of Steward. Sharon Regional Health System in Sharon, Pa. was also part of the transaction, which was completed May 1.

Other facilities sold by CHS included Easton Hospital in Easton, Pa., Wuesthoff Health System-Melbourne in Melbourne, Fla., Wuesthoff Health System-Rockledge in Rockledge, Fla. and Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian, Fla.

CHS acquired the local hospitals when it bought Forum Health out of bankruptcy Oct. 1, 2010, paying $120 million.

Last year, CHS announced plans to reduce and refine its overall portfolio.

In November, the company reported a 9.6 percent drop in its 2016 third-quarter operating revenues, at $4.38 billion, compared $4.85 billion in the same quarter in 2015.