New Jersey hospital CEO selected to run Miami's Mercy
By Sherri C. Ranta
A 24-year veteran of a New Jersey teaching hospital will take over as president of Miami's Mercy Hospital in August when Edward J. Rosasco retires.
John E. Matuska, who has been president and CEO of St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick for 12 years, said he will start work at Mercy on Aug. 1. St. Peter's is sponsored by the Diocese of Metuchen and affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
"We like Florida. Mercy is a superb hospital," Mr. Matuska said, calling the change a good career move.
St. Peter's is similar in size to Mercy, he said, with 420 acute care beds and a 120-bed long term care facility.
Sponsored by the Catholic Health East organization, Mercy has 512 acute care beds, a 120-bed nursing center, and centers of rehabilitation, oncology and cardiology. Mercy's staff includes more than 900 physicians representing 28 medical specialties and subspecialties.
Mr. Matuska said he was one of four candidates interviewed by the board of trustees at Mercy. He traveled to Miami in May and spent two days interviewing with board members and medical staff.
"I think I'm going to enjoy the people at the hospital. I think it's a good fit. I'll enjoy working with them," he said.
Mr. Matuska said he and his wife will move to Miami.
Mr. Rosasco is leaving after 17 years as head of the 50-year-old Catholic health care institution.
Recently interviewed by Gov. Jeb Bush as a possible replacement for Ruben J. King-Shaw Jr., outgoing secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration, Mr. Rosasco said Monday he withdrew his name from that process. He is expected to stay at Mercy for a few days after Mr. Matuska assumes the presidency.
Mr. Rosasco has held the position of president and CEO at Mercy Hospital since 1984. In 1999, the Chicago-based American College of Healthcare Executives and the Advancement of Healthcare Knowledge gave Mr. Rosasco its Distinguished Service Regent's Award.
The award recognized outstanding health-care administrators for their achievements and contributions to health care in the US.
"I'm very pleased," he said. "And I'd like to think that I did more in Miami than just run Mercy Hospital. I like to think that I helped our community."