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Southcoast Hospitals Group has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval.

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Keith A. Hovan
President & CEO
Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group

Keith A. Hovan is President & CEO of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group.

Hovan joined Southcoast as President & CEO of Southcoast Hospitals Group in June 2008. He became President of Southcoast Health System in October 2010 and added the title of CEO of Southcoast Health System in July 2011.

Prior to joining Southcoast, Hovan was Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn., a 371-bed regional medical center and community teaching hospital with specialized programs including emergency and trauma care, surgery, cancer, cardiovascular services and digestive disorders. He joined Danbury Hospital in 2001 as Senior Vice President of Operations before being promoted to COO in 2004.

While at Danbury Hospital, Hovan was responsible for leading the development of that health system's center of excellence strategy. In that role he built effective relationships with key community stakeholders, including physicians and community, business and government leaders. Under his leadership Danbury Hospital received numerous national recognitions for quality and excellence, including being named a Solucient Top 100 Hospital for three consecutive years. His achievements include the opening of an open heart surgery and interventional cardiology program, a comprehensive outpatient facility and an ambulatory and imaging center.

Prior to his work at Danbury Hospital he was Vice President of Clinical Services at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx section of New York City and served in various clinical leadership positions at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, Conn.

Hovan is a graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., where he earned both a Masters of Science in Nursing, graduating first in his class with the Award for Academic Excellence, and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. He was a member of the National and International Honor Societies while in college. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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