Southcoast Health announce new president, CEO

Jul 24, 2023

David McCready, of Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, will serve as the next president and chief executive office of the Southcoast Hospitals Group, according to the organization’s Board of Trustees.

McCready holds a master’s in business administration as well as in health administration. He also has been on the executive leadership team of his hospital since 2005. For the last five years, he served as the president of his hospital.

He will begin on Sunday, October 1 and will succeed the current president and CEO Rayford Kruger on Wednesday, January 3.

Donald Giumetti, chair of the Board of Trustees for Southcoast Health System, said the board is “extraordinarily grateful” for Kruger’s service over the last year and a half, which has allowed the organization to prioritize its patients.

For more than 30 years, Kruger has worked as a physician and leader at Southcoast, having previously served as the chief physician executive and as the physician-in-chief of surgical services.  

He said Kruger will work closely with McCready throughout the fall to ensure a smooth transfer of leadership.

Giumetti said, “David is a remarkably collaborative and authentic leader bringing more than 25 years of experience in healthcare leadership to Southcoast Health.”

He added, “We know David will skillfully steer the organization through these challenging times in healthcare and ensure that Southcoast continues its commitment to serve our patients, their families and our community with the expert and compassionate care that is the hallmark of our organization.” 

McCready said, “I am truly honored to join Southcoast Health as its next president and CEO.”

“Southcoast is a special organization with extraordinary clinical expertise combined with a deep commitment to truly caring for and about its patients and their communities,” he added. “Southcoast has so much to be proud of, and I look forward to leading and supporting the organization as we continue to fulfill our mission of exceptional care and service.”