CentraState announced today the promotion of Tom Scott, FACHE, FABC, to president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after serving seven years as a Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective April 9. He succeeds John T. Gribbin FACHE, who announced his retirement in February after leading the hospital for 22 years.
Scott will oversee the 284-bed acute care hospital, three senior living communities housing 630 residents, an ambulatory campus, four satellite health pavilions, a family medicine residency program and more than 2,600 employees.
“Tom was the unanimous choice of our Board after a deliberate process,” said John Cantalupo, Esq., CentraState’s chairman of the Board of Trustees. “He is a well-respected leader who was instrumental in growing this organization to its present state, who also has a strong vision for navigating challenges in the healthcare landscape, now and into the future.” He added that the board of trustees carefully designed a succession plan years ago to ensure that the next president and CEO would have the knowledge, experience and leadership skills to serve CentraState’s employees, patients and community.
Scott joined CentraState in 2015 as COO after serving seven years at Chilton Medical Center, Pompton Plains, New Jersey in the same role. He has deep experience in healthcare management with prior positions at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut and St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, New Jersey, among others.
As COO and a core member of the senior management team, Scott integrated CentraState’s strategic vision with its operations, while fostering a culture of teamwork, innovation, accountability and excellence. Areas of direct oversight included Nursing, Clinical Services, Information Technology, Physician Practice Management, Senior Services, Facilities, as well as Cancer and Cardiology Services.
During his tenure, Scott helped guide the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic, the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, and other major system initiatives, including the opening of a new cardiovascular interventional suite as a single-story addition to the hospital campus, and a solar initiative that produces approximately 70 percent of the hospital’s electric needs. More recently, he crafted a physician development plan that will add 60 primary care and specialists during the next two years and led the technology transition to the Epic electronic health record and MyChart patient portal.
“I appreciate the confidence the CentraState Board and physicians have displayed in selecting me as president and CEO,” Scott said. “I look forward to transitioning to my new role and continuing CentraState’s commitment to clinical excellence, physician engagement, and value based strategies to improve access to high quality, affordable health care.”
Scott received a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree in Health Administration from Cornell University. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the VNA Health Group and the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Hospital Association Business Solutions.
He lives in Manasquan, New Jersey with his family.