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For Immediate Release:
November 1, 2012

Gary Conner named CFO for Southcoast Health System

Gary F. Conner
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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Southcoast™ Health System has named Gary F. Conner as Chief Financial Officer. In his new role, Conner is responsible for overseeing and guiding the financial performance and financial operations of Southcoast Health System and its subsidiaries.

"We are excited to have someone of Gary's experience and expertise join Southcoast," said Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group. "Gary brings a strategic vision and experience in different health care markets that will be vital as Southcoast continues to invest in building the region's broadest integrated care network to care for the health of our communities."

Before joining Southcoast, Conner was CFO at City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif., where he was responsible for all areas of corporate finance and financial operations for the organization, which includes Helford Medical Center, Beckman Research Institute, a philanthropic entity and a newly formed medical foundation. Conner previously held the position of Vice President of Financial Operations for Catholic Healthcare West in Pasadena, Calif.

Conner received a Master in Business Administration from Sonoma State University in Rhonert Park, Calif., and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He currently serves as a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and previously served as a member of the City of Hope Medical Foundation Board of Directors and the San Gabriel Valley Economics Partnership. Conner is the recipient of the Catholic Healthcare West Values in Action Award and the Columbia/HCA Chairman's Award.

Conner resides in Kingston with his wife, Nina.

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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

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