Hopedale Medical Complex, a unique medical campus in this Tazewell County village, has a new chief operating officer.
Emily Whitson, who joined the medical complex in 2005 to implement a sports medicine program, has replaced Mark Rossi. Her appointment was announced Monday.
Rossi, who joined the medical complex in July 2000 as chief operating officer and general counsel and added the title of president in 2015, said Monday that he's making a career change and the succession has been planned. His last day with the medical complex is Tuesday.
Rossi, 61, said he approached the medical complex CEO, his older brother Dr. Al Rossi, nearly a year ago that he wanted to make a career change — finding a job in a community in which he and his wife would remain after retirement.
The Rossis sold their Hopedale home and Rossi said he's a finalist for a couple jobs. The Hopedale Medical Foundation Governing Board have been working on the transition and offered the chief operating officer position to Whitson.
"The hospital is in excellent shape financially," Rossi said. "The organization should continue to run efficiently and effectively."
"When I came on board in July 2000, the hospital was in dire straits financially," Rossi said. "We turned it around together."
His tenure also included a $10.25 million construction, renovation and equipment upgrade project completed in 2015.
"I am very much going to miss the people of Hopedale and appreciate the support of the community," Rossi said.
Whitson, 39, of Mackinaw, was promoted to manager of rehabilitation and sports medicine in 2008, then vice president of clinical operations in 2015. She was "humbled" to be named chief operating officer and will continue the medical complex's focus on patients and "physician-driven care."
The complex was founded in 1955 by Mark's and Al's father, Dr. Lawrence Rossi Sr., and several family members work there. The complex includes the hospital, physicians' offices, outpatient testing, daycare, a wellness center, nursing home and assisted and independent living.
The medical complex has 330 full- and part-time employees and an annual operating budget of $25 million.