It’s time to retire, said Boosalis, who joined Miami Valley Hospital in 1986. She’s looking forward to being with her family and pursuing other activities that have long been on her list of retirement goals.
In 2016, Boosalis was working as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Premier Health when she was named as the replacement for retiring CEO James Pancoast.
Boosalis was the first woman to be named to the CEO role at the Dayton health system.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University at Fresno, and has a background as a critical care nurse. Boosalis also has a master’s degree in health services administration from Arizona State University College of Business.
In addition, she is the chair of the University of Dayton board and a past member of the Sinclair Community College board. Boosalis will complete her 12-year stint as a board member on June 30.
Mary Boosalis, chairperson of the University of Dayton board of trustees and Premier Health CEO, speaks remotely to the graduates during the 171st commencement at the University of Dayton May 8, 2021. CONTRIBUTED BY E.L. HUBBARD
“Certainly, the University of Dayton has been blessed by Mary, given her strong leadership of our Board of Trustees as the first female chair, the comprehensive partnership between UD and Premier that has enabled our navigation of the pandemic and more, and the anchor institution work we do together in greater Dayton,” Eric Spina, president of the University of Dayton, said.
Boosalis is continuing to lead Premier through the COVID-19 pandemic, during which the hospital has navigated everything from national supply shortages, to patient surges to vaccine distribution.
She was also at the helm with Premier Health when its board made the controversial decision to close Good Samaritan Hospital after 85 years. The move sparked protests, and a still-pending civil rights complaint over whether the closure violates the civil rights of Black residents served by the hospital.
Boosalis’ retirement announcement stated that the decision “was the most difficult of her career and was done knowing that quality healthcare would continue to be available for northwest Dayton residents, along with those residing in many other communities, at Miami Valley Hospital and other nearby clinical facilities and providers.”
Boosalis was leading during many of the company’s major projects and initiatives, such as:
- the expansion of Miami Valley Hospital’s main campus with the construction of the Heart and Vascular Tower;
- the construction Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio that opened across the street from Miami Valley Hospital in 2020;
- joining the M.D. Anderson Physician Network;
- the opening of the new OneFifteen addiction treatment campus, by joining as a partner with Verily and others on the project;
- she was also an integral part of the strategic vision and development of the Miami Valley Hospital South campus. The campus expansions include a 170,000-square-foot addition that opened in 2018.
- Additionally, Premier is a project partner on influential neighborhood development projects such as the future onMain neighborhood on the former Montgomery County fairgrounds and the future Phoenix Next redevelopment of the former Good Samaritan site.