Aleman to serve as interim CMH chief exec

Citrus Memorial Health System has announced that Ralph Aleman has joined the company as interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

Aleman, a highly experienced healthcare executive, spent the past two years as a healthcare consultant with a focus on physician relations and operational improvement.

He has more than 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry, serving as CEO most recently for 378-bed Hialeah Hospital.

Aleman will succeed Ryan Beaty, who left Citrus Memorial Health System as talks between the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation, Citrus County Hospital Board and Health Corporation of America (HCA) came to a head.

Sandy Chadwick, Chairperson of the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation said, “We are delighted to welcome Ralph Aleman to Citrus Memorial. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge in healthcare and we look forward to working with him over the next few months as we come closer to a final agreement with HCA.”

As interim CEO, Aleman plans to spend his time listening to concerns of physicians, staff and community members and focusing on patient care. In a letter sent to Citrus Memorial employees this week Aleman said, “I look forward to working with employees, volunteers, medical staff and community leaders to ensure this impending transaction goes smoothly. But, I will remain focused on our number one job – taking excellent care of our patients.”

About Citrus Memorial Health System

Citrus Memorial Health System is a 198-bed, not-for-profit community hospital that provides healthcare services to residents of Citrus County and surrounding communities.

More than 150 physicians and 1,000 employees provide a wide range of services at the Inverness campu,s and at medical offices and clinics in Citrus County and Sumter County.

Citrus Memorial is fully accredited by the Joint Commissio,n and is fully licensed by the State of Florida.