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For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2013

Melissa Rose named Vice President of Payor Contracting and Reimbursement for Southcoast Health System

Melissa Rose

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Southcoast™ Health System has named Melissa Rose, Vice President of Payor Contracting and Reimbursement. In her new role, Rose is responsible for third party payor contracting and reimbursement for Southcoast Hospitals Group, Southcoast Physicians Network, Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association, and Southcoast Accountable Care Organization.

Rose joined Southcoast as Director of Contracting and Reimbursement for St. Luke's Hospital in 1991, and assumed responsibility for Tobey Hospital and Charlton Memorial Hospital once the three institutions merged in 1996. Before joining Southcoast, Rose held similar positions at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, R.I., and at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Rose holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Management from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I., and Master of Business Administration from Babson College in Wellesley.

Rose is a Fellow of The Advisory Board Corporation. She is an Advanced Member of the Health Care Financial Management Association with both Bronze and Silver Merit Awards for Outstanding Service, and an active member of the National Institute of Health Care Leaders.

Rose resides in Warwick, R.I., with her husband, Steven Gergel. She has three children, Lauren, Alyssa and Seth.

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Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
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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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