Premier Health Announces Next President and CEO

Premier Pulse     January 2022

Michael “Mike” Riordan, a seasoned and successful health care leader with extensive experience with community partnerships, will serve as Premier Health’s new president and CEO, effective January 31, 2022. He is the first external candidate selected to lead Premier Health since its formation in 1995.

Riordan brings progressive hospital and health care experience, including nearly 20 years in CEO leadership positions for prominent health systems across the United States, including the University of Chicago Medical Center and Greenville Health System/Prisma Health in Greenville, South Carolina.

His selection follows a national search and review of dozens of candidates.

“The Premier Health Board of Trustees was extremely impressed by Mike’s ability to bring creativity, flexibility, and analysis to bear in tackling and solving complex challenges, as well as his brand of servant leadership,” said Anita Moore, immediate past chair of the Premier Health board of trustees. “We believe he will complement Premier Health’s culture, with his proven track record of mentoring and developing talent, seeking input from front-line staff, and valuing diversity and inclusion.”

Riordan has served as an Independent Director with Owens & Minor since December 2019, as well as on the global health care solutions company’s Audit and Governance & Nominating Committees. In addition, he was recently selected to be an adjunct senior advisor for McKinsey and Company’s Healthcare Systems and Services Practice.

“Premier Health is clearly an organization committed to meeting the rapidly evolving health care needs of Southwest Ohio," Riordan said. "I am honored to be selected to lead the organization and look forward to working with the board, medical staff, and employees in advancing the health system’s mission to build healthier communities. My family and I are eager to be a part of this community.”

Riordan earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts/English and a master’s degree in education/psychology from Columbia University in New York, as well as a master’s degree in health systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Additionally, he served three years as a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He and his wife, Susan, will relocate to the Dayton area from Greenville, S.C. They take great pride in their five grown children and one grandchild.

Riordan succeeds Mary Boosalis, whose service to Premier Health, Miami Valley Hospital, and the region spans 35 years, including the past five as the health system’s president and CEO.  Mary will serve in an advisory role through the end of March to ensure a seamless transition.

Moore praised Boosalis’ leadership as bold and visionary.  “We owe Mary great appreciation. She has skillfully led Premier Health through industry challenges with expertise and resolve, most recently in fighting the global pandemic, placing us on a strong trajectory for the future,” she said. “Our heartfelt gratitude and respect go out to her for her exemplary service that will have an impact for decades to come.”

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