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January 26, 2023

MetroWest Medical Center CEO resigns after seven months on the job

Photo | Grant Welker MetroWest Medical Center's Framingham Union Hospital

The CEO of MetroWest Medical Center, who assumed the role in July, has resigned his position. 

David Elgarico, who came to take over the Framigham hospital from Oregon, resigned in order to return to the West Coast to be with his family, according to a statement from Tenet Healthcare, the Texas-based parent corporation overseeing the medical center.

The chief financial officer at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, John Whitlock, will be the center’s interim CEO, said Shelly Weiss Friedberg, director of public relations at Tenet Healthcare.  

Elgarico came to MetroWest from McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon, where he was the CEO from August 2018 to June 2022, according to his LinkedIn profile.

In a July press release from MetroWest, Elgarico said, “Among my top priorities are quality and safety, employee engagement and patient experience, and I look forward to continuing to cultivate a culture that promotes healing and patient-centered care.”

MetroWest Medical Center, along with Saint Vincent Hospital, is a part of Texas-based Tenet Healthcare, one of the largest healthcare for-profit companies in the United States. Tenet Healthcare operates 60 hospitals and 550 outpatient centers, according to the company’s website.

Elgarico took over as CEO of MetroWest Medical Center from Ava Collins, who resigned in April after leading the Framingham hospital for 17 months. Between Collins’ resignation and Elgarico’s hiring, Saint Vincent CEO Carolyn Jackson led MetroWest Medical Center as interim CEO.

“We are very excited to watch the positive impact David will have on MetroWest Medical Center in the coming years,” Jackson, who is also Tenet’s CEO for its Massachusetts market, said in the July press release announcing Elgarico’s hiring, “and thrilled that he chose this region as the ideal place to live, work and lead.”

As he serves as interim CEO, Whitlock will be joined by interim chief nursing officer, Naomi Seymour, who is taking over the role after the resignation of David Wright, who left after less than a year of being MetroWest Medical Center’s chief nursing officer, after starting the role in late May 2022. Seymour’s background is in nursing leadership at a Tenet facility in Florida, according to Weiss Friedberg.

Last April, Tenet Healthcare announced plans to close MetroWest Medical Center’s oncology department, which was met with pushback from nurses. It was subsequently announced that Tufts Medicine would take over the cancer center, pending state regulatory approval. 

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