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Reading Hospital names new president and CEO

A new leader of Reading Hospital has been named.

The Tower Health Board of Directors announced Thursday the appointment of Dr. Charles F. Barbera as president and CEO of the West Reading medical facility. The move is effective April 4.

Barbera has worked in a variety of senior clinical and executive roles for hospital parent organization Tower Health over the past 25 years.

In his role as president and CEO, Barbera will be responsible for the hospital’s operations, clinical outcomes, employee and physician engagement and service to the community.

In looking for a new leader for Reading Hospital — a facility that was recently named one of the 50 best hospitals in the country — the board received interest from many excellent candidates, according to the statement announcing Barbera’s appointment. In the end, they decided to promote from within.

“As we conducted the search, it became readily apparent to the board that the best leader to move our mission forward was within our own ranks,” board chairman C. Thomas Work said. “As a highly respected clinician with strong leadership and business skills, Dr. Barbera brings a unique and impressive background to the position, including unsurpassed commitment to and knowledge about Reading Hospital and the communities it serves. We are thrilled to have someone of Dr. Barbera’s caliber and experience leading the hospital into the future.”

Barbera started his tenure at Reading Hospital in 1996, becoming chairman of emergency medicine in 1999. He held that position for more than 20 years.

The statement from the board said that Barbera was key in the creation and accreditation of the hospital’s trauma center, developing a successful emergency medicine residency program and instituting pediatric and psychiatric emergency departments. He was also the clinical leader in the health system’s expansive telemedicine efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barbera expressed excitement over his new role.

“I am honored to serve as president and CEO of Reading Hospital, a bedrock of our community and unmatched leader in clinical excellence since 1867,” he said. “As one of the finest health care centers in the nation, the hospital is a local treasure. I am deeply committed to working closely with our physicians, nurses, and support staff to bring about an enhanced era of collaboration — putting people first in everything we do.

“The team at Reading Hospital are my colleagues and friends, and I cannot wait to get to work supporting and empowering the incredible care they deliver.”

P. Sue Perrotty, CEO of Tower Health, said Barbera is a perfect pick to lead Reading Hospital.

“Dr. Barbera embodies the values and culture that make Reading Hospital such a special place,” she said. :He brings a powerful combination of clinical and business acumen, but what really sets him apart is his infectious energy and dedication to service and giving back to the community.

“As we move forward and build a new future for Tower Health, Dr. Barbera will be a collaborative and unifying influence that will advance Reading Hospital’s legacy of clinical and operational excellence.”


Source: Berkshire mont

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