Mon Health System names new CEO

MORGANTOWN — The Mon Health System Board of Directors has appointed a new president and CEO.

WVU alumnus David S. Goldberg will assume his new role Oct. 1, Mon Health said in a press release.

Goldberg has 17 years’ experience in healthcare leadership, Mon Health said. He is now a senior vice president with Highmark Health’s Alleghany Health Network (AHN) in Pittsburgh.

David Goldberg

Goldberg has been responsible for administrative services and had oversight for corporate services including post-acute services, external relations, provider system operations and implementation of the network’s neighborhood hospital development.

He also oversaw eight acute care hospitals, several ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care centers, full-service ambulatory pavilions and network joint ventures throughout the AHN’s Pennsylvania service area, stemming from Erie to Greater Pittsburgh.

Goldberg also served as president of two hospitals and service line executive for cardiovascular and behavioral health services at Tenet Health’s Baptist Health System in San Antonio, Texas. He also served as a vice president and administrator with Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va.

Ron Stovash, board chairman, said, “After several months of conducting a national search of highly qualified candidates for the position, it was clear that David’s background fit well with Mon Health System’s core values and our commitment to enhancing the health of the communities we serve.”

Mon Health said Goldberg won’t be available for interviews until he starts his job in October. In the press release, Goldberg said, “I am proud to be coming back to Morgantown as Mon Health’s president and CEO and thank the board of directors and search committee for this outstanding opportunity to serve.

“Mon Health’s reputation for clinical excellence, outstanding patient care, and community-focused healthcare is second to none,” he said. “I look forward to continuing the great work underway and partnering with the board of directors, clinicians and Mon Health colleagues in advancing our mission of best-in-class community-focused health care.”

At Mon Health, Goldberg will be responsible for providing leadership strategy, operating results and future growth.

Goldberg earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from WVU and a master’s degree in health systems management from George Mason University.

Goldberg lives in Gibsonia, Pa. with his wife Noel, and daughters Reagan and Ryan. They plan to relocate to Morgantown, Mon Health said.

The CEO search committee included a multidisciplinary team of 11 members, who narrowed down a large pool of candidates to three finalists.

Goldberg will succeed Interim President and CEO Tom Senker, who has served in this capacity since April.

Previous President and CEO Darryl Duncan resigned in March after being placed on a leave of absence in February. Former Chief Operating Officer Dottie Oakes held the CEO post as an interim between Duncan and Senker, from the time of Duncan’s leave of absence until March 21.

In July, Duncan was arrested and charged with one count of harassment, a misdemeanor, for allegedly sending harassing emails and letters to his replacement. (It remains unclear if that was Oakes.) A letter signed by 28 physicians in January said Duncan’s leadership style eroded employee morale and led to high-profile resignations. He was placed on leave of absence Feb. 7.

 Monongalia County Magistrate Court records show that Duncan has a bench trial scheduled for Oct. 17.

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