Miami Valley Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Bobbie Gerhart will retire next year, hospital officials said Thursday.
Gerhart’s retirement is part of a planned management transition, officials said, although they would not say who would replace her or who might be the top candidates for the job.
“We’ve let our employees know she’ll be finishing up the first part of January,” said spokeswoman Diane Ewing. “I have no details on who’s taking her place.”
Gerhart, 65, formerly chief operating officer at Dayton’s largest hospital, has been CEO since 2011.
She replaced Mary Boosalis, who is executive vice president and chief operating officer at Premier Health Partners — Miami Valley’s parent.
Gerhart, who was unavailable for comment, has worked for Premier for 31 years, including in various management positions at Miami Valley and Good Samaritan Hospital.
As chief operating officer at Miami Valley, Gerhart was instrumental in helping to raise the bar for hospital performance throughout the local area, said Bryan Bucklew, president and CEO of the Greater Dayton Hospital Association.
“Bobbie was active in a lot of the quality initiatives that we have been working on in the community for a long period of time,” Bucklew said. “Both internally at our board meetings and externally at meetings throughout the community, she was a leader in helping our hospitals become the most cost-effective, most efficient and provide the highest quality of care.”
Gerhart began her career as a nurse after receiving an associate’s degree in nursing from Sinclair Community College. She received a bachelor’s from St. Joseph’s College in Maine and a master’s in healthcare administration from Kennedy Western University in Wyoming. Gerhart is an active community volunteer and currently serves on the board of Daybreak.
“Bobby truly cares about people, people of all walks of life, and I think that attribute has made her one of the most valuable leaders we have in Montgomery County,” said Jim Gross, Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County commissioner.
Title: President and CEO, Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton
Previous experience: Executive vice president and chief operating officer, Miami Valley Hospital; vice president, chief purchasing officer, Premier Health Partners; vice president of operations, Good Samaritan Hospital; cardiology service line director, Good Samaritan Hospital
Education: Associate degree in nursing, Sinclair Community College; bachelor’s degree in business and health administration, St. Joseph’s College, Standish, Maine; master’s degree in health administration, Kennedy Western University