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January 25, 2021

UMass' Leominster hospital names new president

Steve Roach, the interim president of UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, which has its main offices in Leominster, has been named to the position on a permanent basis.

Roach's appointment, which was announced Monday in a staff memo by Doug Brown, the president of UMass Memorial Community Hospitals, also keeps him as president of UMass Memorial's Marlborough Hospital, a position he's held since 2013.

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Steve Roach

Roach was named HealthAlliance's interim president in the fall of 2019 to succeed Deborah Weymouth. Before joining Marlborough Hospital, he was the CEO of Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer for seven years. Prior to that, he was director of financial and strategic planning at Emerson Hospital in Concord and senior financial analyst at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

UMass' announcement, which was also made by Robert Paulhus Jr., the chair of hospital's board of trustees, called Roach a turnaround specialist for how he stabilized Marlborough Hospital during his leadership tenure there. During the coronavirus pandemic, Roach has made significant progress in HealthAlliance's turnaround, they said, including its financial wellbeing. The hospital has settled negotiations with the Leominster campus's nurses union and opened a refurbished emergency department in Leominster.

Public data from the state's Center for Health Information and Analysis shows HealthAlliance, like many of its counterparts, has faced financial difficulty during the pandemic. In the most recently reported quarter, which ended last June, the hospital lost $10.7 million, a loss that was narrowed to $1.1 million with federal pandemic aid.

UMass Memorial HealthAlliance hospital is based in Leominster.  In 2017, it merged with Clinton Hospital and changed its name to UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, even though the main campus is in Leominster.

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