Meriter president, CEO resigns for position in New Hampshire

Jim Woodward worked for Meriter for nearly 8 years
Meriter president, CEO resigns for position in New Hampshire

Meriter president and CEO Jim Woodward announced Monday he is resigning to accept a new position in New Hampshire.

Woodward accepted a new position as CEO of Elliot Health System in Manchester, New Hampshire, according to a release.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to be part of the Meriter family for nearly eight years,” Woodward said in the release. “There’s no doubt that Meriter, and health care systems throughout the country, is experiencing a lot of change, but I’m resolute in our decision to affiliate with a strong and vibrant partner like Unity Point Health. I’m leaving Meriter confident that they are set up for future success.”

Woodward’s accomplishments include the growth and development of the Meriter Medical Group, being recognized as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thompson Reuters twice, receiving a Most Wired Hospitals award and receiving the American Hospital Association’s Quest for Quality award, according to the release.

“Jim has a commitment for impeccable quality and outstanding service — always putting the patient at the center of what we do,” Meriter-UnityPoint Health Board chair Ginny Graves said in the release. “I sincerely appreciate Jim’s amazing vision and owe him a great debt of gratitude for the road of success he’s led us down. He will be sincerely missed, although we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

Woodward’s last day at Meriter is June 30, according to the release. Transition and succession plans are being implemented.