MelroseWakefield Healthcare today announced that Pamela Whelton, former President of South Shore Hospital, will assume the role of interim Chief Executive Officer effective June 14. She will replace Sue Sandberg who is moving to Colorado to be with family.

Whelton is a seasoned health care executive with 22 years of leadership experience in community health care. During her tenure at South Shore Health, her responsibilities ranged from physician growth and network development to finance and operations, including serving as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Physician and Network Expansion.

Whelton is a leader respected for her collaborative style and passion for community health care. As interim CEO, Whelton will focus on MelroseWakefield Healthcare’s successful achievement of its quality, operational and growth goals.

Michael Dandorph, President and CEO of Wellforce said, “If you ask health care leaders in Massachusetts who is one of the most successful community health care leaders, they will say that Pam Whelton is among the best of the best. She has made it her life’s mission to ensure that families have the highest quality care conveniently located in their towns and neighborhoods. She has been a driving force in expanding the reach of community physicians and health care services. She is a wonderful addition to this team as we begin a search for a permanent leader.”

“We are excited to have an executive with Pam Whelton’s credentials on board to lead us on an interim basis,” said Patricia Campbell, Chair of the MelroseWakefield Healthcare Board of Trustees. “With Pam in place, we will begin planning and recruiting for an appropriate permanent replacement for the role of CEO.”

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