FRAMINGHAM — The search is over: MetroWest Medical Center has named veteran hospital administrator David Elgarico as its new chief executive.

He starts on July 18.

“I am excited for this opportunity to work with and serve the exceptional team at MetroWest Medical Center,” Elgarico said in a statement. “Among my top priorities are quality and safety, employee engagement and patient experience, and I look forward to continuing to cultivate a culture that promotes healing and patient-centered care.”

MetroWest Medical Center includes Framingham Union Hospital and Natick’s Leonard Morse Hospital, the latter of which is focused on behavioral health. 

Related:MetroWest Medical Center has a new chief nursing officer

Elgarico comes to MetroWest Medical Center from McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Oregon, where he served as CEO and oversaw the largest revenue-generating hospital in the Quorum Health system, according to a MWMC announcement.

David Elgarico will begin his new role as MetroWest Medical Center CEO on July 18.

His tenure included improvements to McKenzie-Willamette’s revenue, quality ranking and patient experience scores, according to the announcement. He also oversaw the completion of a $115 million expansion project and pushed for advancements in robotic surgery. 

Previously:MetroWest Medical Center’s CEO is leaving after 16 months on the job

In Framingham, Elgarico succeeds Ava Collins, who announced her resignation in April after 16 months on the job, making her the third chief executive the medical center had lost in less than four years.

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