Roper St. Francis appoints Lorraine Lutton 1st female CEO

Charleston, S.C.-based Roper St. Francis tapped Lorraine Lutton to serve as its next president and CEO. Ms. Lutton will become the first woman to lead the private, nonprofit, three-hospital system when she assumes the roles on Nov. 14.

Ms. Lutton most recently served as president of Tampa, Fla.-based St. Joseph's Hospital, a part of BayCare Health System, also based in Tampa. She has worked with BayCare Health System for 24 years. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ms. Lutton succeeds David Dunlap, who will retire after 13 years at the helm of Roper St. Francis. He will stay on through the end of the year, helping ensure a smooth transition.

"Lorraine brings a wealth of experience of leading in a health system where physicians and specialists are spread across multiple hospitals and offices over a large geographic area — just like Roper St. Francis," said Brian Cuddy, MD, chairman of the Roper St. Francis board of directors. "She understands what we need to do to ensure the highest quality care for every patient, regardless of where they are seen. We're honored and thrilled that Lutton will be leading Roper St. Francis into the next chapter of our legacy in the Charleston community."

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