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Rush named Somerset Hospital CEO

May 25, 2018

Somerset Hospital officials have named a new CEO.

Hospital Chief Operating Officer Andy Rush was promoted to the position, board Chairwoman Krista Mathias told the Daily American Thursday.

“Mr. Rush has been a dynamic and integral part of Somerset Hospital and Somerset Health Services for many years,” Mathias wrote in an email. “His unwavering dedication to the Somerset community, along with his health care expertise and engaging approach, will serve our hospital and its constituents well. With his leadership, we are very excited for the organization’s future.”

Rush has served as the nonprofit hospital’s COO for the past five years. He has worked at Somerset Hospital for 17 years, holding roles as a physical therapist, a rehab director and vice president of physician practices.

“I’m extremely honored to serve this hospital and this community,” he said during a telephone interview Thursday. “It’s been a pleasure working here for 17 years and I look forward to leading this organization to improve health care.”

Rush holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Saint Francis University.

The 48-year-old lives in Somerset Township with his wife, Jennifer. The couple have three daughters.

Rush is a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Somerset.

He said that over the next year or two, he hopes to add specialty services in fields such as neurology, endocrinology, dermatology and rheumatology.

“Certainly across the country there is an increase in diabetes,” he said. “We want to provide quality care and have appropriate access as well.”

He said he is honored to have been selected for the leading role.

“I enjoy Somerset and Somerset County, and the patients we serve here,” he said. “It’s a real pleasure to have this role in the community I grew up in.”

Mathias said details of salary and length of contract have not yet been finalized. Rush replaces former CEO Craig Saylor, who retired on Dec. 31.

In his new role, Rush said he will oversee about 850 employees — 500 of whom are full time.

The announcement comes amid news that the hospital is exploring a partnership with a regional health network. Hospital officials have thus far declined to name the prospective partner.