The El Centro Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees signed a four-year contract Friday for a new administrator and chief executive officer to take over the hospital.
The position will be filled by David B. Selman of Irvine, currently chief operating officer for two Santa Ana hospitals, where he is responsible for all ancillary and support departments. The two hospitals together have 246 beds.
Joe Montenegro, president of the ECRMC board, said the search was nationwide and began with a pool of 300 applicants.
"We have reviewed a lot of applications and in every criteria, Mr. Selman has come out on top," Montenegro said in a prepared statement. "He comes to us as both highly qualified and highly recommended. He has good business sense and will be good for this hospital."
Selman replaces Ted Fox, who led the medical center for eight years. He resigned in July to accept a similar position in Gilroy. Selman agreed Thursday to join the city-owned hospital, and the board made it official by signing the contract Friday.