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ECRMC board signs four-year contract for new hospital administrator and CEO

January 06, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

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.

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"I'm very excited about coming to the hospital with the big expansion about to get under way," Selman said in a statement. "I look forward to becoming a part of the community."

The hospital will begin above-ground construction this spring on a two-story, 66,000 square-feet expansion to provide new patient beds, a 20-bed emergency facility, a 12-bed intensive-care unit, new operating room facilities and a new lobby and entrance. The work will be financed under a $26 million bond issue and a $2 million public subscription campaign.

Selman is a 1983 business administration graduate from the University of Kentucky at Lexington and has a master's degree in hospital and health services administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Selman served from April 1998 through November 1999 as chief operating officer for the 176-bed Irvine Medical Center and associate administrator of the 130-bed John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio from 1996-1998. He also was associate administrator for the 200-bed Meadowcrest Hospital in Gretna, Fla.; vice president of operations for the 258-bed Heart Institute in Miami; associate administrator of the Charter Springs Hospital in Ocala, Fla.; and administrative resident of the 700-bed Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, Fla.

He is an associate member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Hospital Association and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Selman is married and has two daughters.

Staff writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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