Trinity’s new chief executive begins his duties

MEET THE NEW BOSS — Matt Grimshaw started his first day as the new chief executive officer of Trinity Health System at a Monday morning press conference unveiling the new surgery tracking system at Trinity West. -- Dave Gossett

STEUBENVILLE — Matt Grimshaw started his first day as the Trinity Health System chief executive officer on a positive note when hospital officials unveiled a new surgery tracking system during a Monday morning press conference at Trinity Medical Center West.

Grimshaw said he has been preparing for his new job since Catholic Health Initiatives announced the 42-year-old would replace interim CEO Joe Tasse.

Grimshaw was the west region president of CHI St. Alexius Health in Williston, N.D., where he was responsible for four critical-access hospitals and five clinic locations across western North Dakota.

“I am really excited about Trinity and its future. Today is a great step forward with the surgery tracking system, and I am bringing my passion for patient services from North Dakota to Trinity. I will be challenging our Trinity staff to think about the patient experience and what is best for the patient and their family. When someone picks Trinity for the services and comes here, I want their experience to be positive,” Grimshaw told the Herald-Star.

“I have been coming to Steubenville for the past several weeks to prepare for this new job, and I look forward to the job. I am familiar with the Medicaid issues in the area and the ongoing debate in Washington, D.C., regarding health care. I am concerned how we can continue to provide health care to the most vulnerable. We need to make sure they have access to health care,” said Grimshaw.

“I came from North Dakota, which is an expanded Medicaid state, to Ohio, which also is an expanded Medicaid state. I met in Washington a couple of weeks ago with the two senators from North Dakota on health care issues and I will continue to work through our senators from Ohio on the health care issues. At this point I hope there is an effort by both sides to fix the problem and reach a solution,” noted Grimshaw.

“I know there is competition locally in the health care field, but our goal needs to be the best health care for everyone. I want us to be the best in-patient care in the region, and that includes Pittsburgh,” stated Grimshaw.

“My wife is an optometrist and she will be working with a local optometrist as well as at C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. in Weirton. She is excited to be here as well as my three children,” added Grimshaw.

Tasse is set to leave Trinity Health System on Aug. 9 after serving 14 months as interim chief executive officer.

“I will have some overlap with Matt but I believe he is more than ready for his new job,” said Tasse.

“As I have said before, Trinity is so important for so many people and for the local economy. We have no choice but to continue to be a success in the Ohio Valley.

“My only regret is I won’t be here for the good stuff that is coming in the future. We saw the unveiling of the surgery tracker system today, and we have a new orthopedic surgeon starting this week as well as several specialists coming on board in the near future. And, those moves will bring more strength to Trinity. Matt will be announcing more exciting news in the future,” Tasse remarked.

“We are no longer just a local hospital. We are a benchmark hospital on the national level and that is very positive for Trinity. And the best is yet to come. Matt is a high-energy person with a lot of experience and he will be very good for Trinity. Our board of trustees has taken steps to fully integrate us with Twin Cities hospital. I believe, and I know Matt believes, that if you offer a good practice, people will come. We are seeing that at Trinity,” concluded Tasse.

Larry Schumacher, senior vice president of operations for Catholic Health Initiatives, said the Trinity board of directors made an excellent choice in appointing Grimshaw as market CEO.

“Matt has a proven record of leadership, a solid health care operations background and accomplishments in a variety of complex settings. We are confident that Matt has the experience and ability to lead CHI Trinity to new heights of service and performance as he builds relationships with our management team, the medical staff, employees, volunteers and the community,” Schumacher said.

Mark Morelli, chair of the CHI Trinity board, said Grimshaw was the board’s candidate of choice.

“One of the things that impressed us most about Matt is his extensive experience in working with physicians and specialty medical practices as well as a wide variety of clinical services lines. We believe that from his first day on, Matt will build upon Trinity’s record of excellence in serving the people of Steubenville and the surrounding region,” said Morelli.

During his tenure at CHI St. Alexius Health System, Grimshaw led the development of a $20 million campus transformation plan; introduced new specialty health services; and introduced a new rural track residency program in partnership with the University of North Dakota to train family practice physicians, among many accomplishments.