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Noble Hospital and Health Systems announces executive transition

Date: 9/29/2009

WESTFIELD The Board of Trustees of the Noble Health Systems and of Noble Hospital together with George Koller announces the departure of Koller as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Sept. 30.

Koller has been the CEO of the Noble Health Systems for the past 18 years. The Trustees thanked Koller for his years of service and for having positioned the hospital to move forward and to be successful in the future. Koller took pride in the addition of the state of the art operating suites, the new cardiac center and the recent purchase of a 64 slice imaging system all constructed and opened during his recent tenure. However, he said he was most proud of the patient service provided at Noble and gratified by the recent 94 percent customer satisfaction score earned by the hospital. Koller recognized his talented managers, the doctors, nurses and all the employees of Noble Hospital and its affiliates who have worked as a team to make Noble a quality community hospital. Koller also thanked the community of Westfield for its generosity to Noble, its support of the institution and of him and his family over the last 18 years.

Roger Butler, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Noble Hospital, in addition to thanking George Koller, announced that Robert P. Perry, M.B.A, FACHE would be starting immediately as the interim CEO of the Noble Health Systems and Noble Hospital. Perry most recently was the President and CEO of St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y. St. Clare's was a $90 million, 200-bed acute care community hospital. Butler said Perry is "a hands on, energetic executive who has had senior leadership responsibility in a variety of health and educational institutions. He has an exceptional ability to build consensus and balance the priorities of diverse constituencies to implement change, enhance services and to build patient volume."

Rick Sullivan, Chairperson of the Noble Health Systems, recognized the importance that Noble Hospital plays in the community, not just as one of the city's largest employers but as a vital provider of health care to the citizens of Westfield and the surrounding communities.

"It is imperative that we have a strong community hospital that provides quality care now and in the future," Sullivan said. "I know the future for Noble is bright and that together, with the help of Mr. Perry and the continued dedication of the staff and support of the community, we will grow better and stronger."

It is anticipated that Perry will serve between six and 12 months, during which time a search will be conducted for a permanent president and CEO.