Metro Health names COO
The new chief operating officer at Metro Health Hospital began her career developing life-support systems for spacecrafts and aircrafts.
Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming said yesterday that it has appointed Svetlana Dembitskaya to the COO role.
Dembitskaya was most recently COO of medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York.
Metro Health said Dembitskaya will oversee daily operations at the 208-bed hospital, its annual operating budget and more than 2,500 physicians and employees and 12 neighborhood outpatient centers, which collectively serve more than 250,000 patients each year.
Mike Faas, president and chief executive officer at Metro Health, said the leadership and research experience Dembitskaya brings to the position are important as the health care system continues to grow and expand services.
“Svetlana’s experience in strategic planning and patient-centered care will complement Metro’s continued mission,” Faas said.
Dembitskaya said she’s “so pleased to return to Michigan and join the team at Metro Health.”
“I am very impressed with the hospital’s holistic focus on the mind, body and spirit of patients, which is deeply rooted in the osteopathic tradition,” Dembitskaya said. “As a physician-driven organization, Metro Health is in a strong position to meet the new challenges of federal health care reform.”
Health care background
Dembitskaya has more than 15 years of experience in health care leadership.
As COO at Mount Sinai Health System, Dembitskaya was responsible for the strategic direction of research, clinical, teaching, marketing and development programs, as well as oversight of more than 1,000 physicians and a $1.2-billion budget.
Dembitskaya has served in various health care roles throughout her career: executive director, Harvard University Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cardiovascular Institute in Boston; director of operation and finance, Department of Internal Medicine, Dephrology Division at the University of Michigan Health System; and COO and chief financial officer, Aerospace and Medical Diagnostics Research and Development at Artann Laboratories in Princeton, N.J.
With an academic background in aerospace engineering, Dembitskaya earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the Moscow Aviation Institute, before earning an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Dembitskaya, originally from Russia, became a resident of Michigan in 1993 and has been active in several health care organizations, such as the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Heart Association.