CareWell Health Medical Center, an independent, acute care hospital in East Orange, has named Rodemil R. Fuentes, MHA, as chief operating officer (COO). Fuentes will help manage CareWell Health’s rapid growth to ensure that its patients and staff members continue to have the high-quality, personal experience for which the hospital is known.
Bringing national and international experience in healthcare leadership, Fuentes was most recently COO at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, VA – the largest community hospital in the Department of Defense. Additional prior experience includes executive leadership roles at Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital (South Korea), Kimbrough Health (Ft. Meade, MD), BG Sams Ambulatory Care Center (Japan), and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, MD). Fuentes also brings two decades of serving in the US Army, including three tours in Iraq, and is now retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
“I was drawn to CareWell Health because of the extraordinary levels of medical care and compassion that this community resource delivers on a daily basis,” said Fuentes. “I am honored to be joining an organization that is so clearly dedicated to doing what is right. I look forward to working side-by-side with the team to make sure they have what they need to give our patients what they need as we continue to add new services.”
CareWell Health’s strategic vision includes significant expansion to constantly deliver on its reputation as Essex County’s premier boutique community hospital. Hiring Fuentes is the next step.
“Rod has proven himself to be a dynamic servant leader in healthcare settings around the world,” said Paige Dworak, CareWell Health’s President and CEO. “His ability to drive operational growth in a way that puts people first aligns perfectly with our mission – and will help ensure we continue to provide high-quality, accessible healthcare with respect as we expand our offerings to better serve our community. I could not be more excited to welcome him to the CareWell Health family.”
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