Southcoast’s Dynamic 20-Year History

Two decades of caring, quality and innovation

It’s hard to imagine that Southcoast Health came into being just 20 years ago; in two short decades, we have achieved so much!

In 1996, we employed 3,600 people; now, we are the largest employer headquartered in our region with a staff of more than 7,400. We have more than 650 talented and highly skilled physicians and advanced practice practitioners, who deliver some of the most sophisticated care available anywhere. We have grown our services, including creating:

  • The first community-based cardiac surgery program
  • A robust cancer program with two cancer center locations
  • One of the most successful weight-loss surgery programs in the country
  • Two urgent care centers
  • The region’s first hospital dedicated to behavioral health: Southcoast Behavioral Health

And we’ve done all this with a continued emphasis on providing clinically excellent compassionate care. Whether at the bedside or in a support role, our employees are passionate about their work, the people they care for, and the impact they have individually and collectively on improving the quality of life in our region.

It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve as President and CEO of Southcoast Health, and I am confident that our next 20 years will be as productive and dynamic as our last.

Best of health,
Keith A. Hovan
President & CEO, Southcoast Health