South County Health appoints Robinson as next president and CEO

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – South County Health has named Aaron Robinson president and CEO, effective April 1, 2019, the company announced Thursday.

Robinson will succeed Louis R. Giancola, who announced his intent to retire in May 2018. Robinson most recently worked for Health First, located in in Rockledge, Fla., as CEO, community hospitals, and system line executive for heart and vascular services. Health First is a $2 billion integrated health system of hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, a provider of post-acute and wellness services, and a health plan, according to South County Health.

“Aaron’s extensive executive-level leadership experience within community hospital settings, in combination with his energy and engaging style, distinguished him among the other highly qualified finalist candidates,” stated South County Heath board of trustees Chairman, Dennis Lynch.

Giancola’s retirement is effective March 29.

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“I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Aaron during the hiring process and was impressed by his understanding and commitment to the role of community hospitals, his commitment to sustaining our collaborative culture and his forward-thinking perspective on health care,” Giancola said. “He understands the importance of building the kind of relationships with providers and staff that are necessary to sustain the organization.”

The organization said that there were more than 80 candidates for the position.