After a thorough review by the search committee, with unanimous endorsement by the Executive Committee of the Akron General Board of Trustees, Cleveland Clinic has selected Brian Harte, M.D., to serve as the new president of Cleveland Clinic Akron General and the Southern Region beginning Sept. 26th.
Dr. Harte has been with Cleveland Clinic since 2004, serving in numerous leadership roles. For the past three years, he has served as president of Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital, a 500-bed flagship hospital in the Cleveland Clinic health system. Prior to Hillcrest, Dr. Harte was the president of Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital.
“Brian is uniquely qualified to bring transformational leadership to Akron and throughout the Southern region,” said J. Stephen Jones, M.D., president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers. “The integration of Cleveland Clinic and Akron General is succeeding at a rapid pace. I’m confident with Brian’s experience and proven successful leadership we will continue to drive positive change and to actualize true regionalization and grow our services for the benefit of the Akron community.”
Dr. Harte has been instrumental in leading Hillcrest Hospital through improvements in safety and quality, while establishing a patient-centered culture of care and clinical alignment. In addition, he has continued to build strong community collaboration and developed a leadership curriculum throughout the hospital. Under his leadership, Hillcrest Hospital achieved Magnet designation, one of just 400 in the country; accomplished re-accreditation by the Joint Commission; and received many other meaningful recognitions for its stroke, obstetrical, pediatric and cardiac care. The hospital has also been ranked in the top five in Northeast Ohio for two consecutive years by US News & World Report.
“I look forward to joining Cleveland Clinic Akron General and working together to continue the momentum in growing and supporting services and programs in the Akron community,” Dr. Harte said. “Akron General is an incredible health system which provides robust healthcare and I am honored to serve in this role and expand access for patients throughout Northeast Ohio.”
Dr. Harte is a practicing hospitalist and the former chairman of the Department of Hospital Medicine and the Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and was in private practice for five years prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2004. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He also currently serves as the President of the Society of Hospital Medicine.
Janice Murphy, R.N., who currently serves as the Acting President of Akron General will return to her role as Chief Operating Officer for Cleveland Clinic Regional Operations. Her dedication and continued leadership to Akron General and the Akron community is deeply appreciated.