MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Gregory Rosencrance, M.D., F.A.C.P., president of the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach, Florida, has been named the new president and CEO of Thomas Health in South Charleston.
Assuming this role will be a homecoming for Dr. Rosencrance, a Charleston native, who received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and his medical degree from Marshall University. He went on to complete his residency in internal medicine at Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC), where he worked for more than two decades.
“We are so glad that one of West Virginia’s native sons is coming home to join the WVU Medicine family,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the WVU Health System and interim CEO of Thomas Health, said. “Dr. Rosencrance brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the healthcare needs of Charleston area residents to the position.”
In his current role at the Cleveland Clinic, Rosencrance is responsible for the hospital’s overall successful operations. He leads more than 2,500 caregivers throughout the hospital and its eleven community-based centers and has placed a heavy focus on improving quality, safety, and the patient experience as well as working to expand clinical programs and services.
“Dr. Rosencrance was a beloved local physician for many years, and I’m sure there are many people, including me, who look forward to his return,” Angela Mayfield, chair of the Thomas Health Board of Directors, said. “We know that the future of Thomas Health is safe in his hands.”
Earlier in his tenure at the Cleveland Clinic, he served as chairman of the Medicine Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and was instrumental in restructuring it to become Cleveland Clinic Community Care, the population health arm of the Cleveland Clinic. He was also the chairman of Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Rosencrance spent 22 years as an internal medicine physician at CAMC. He served as chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at WVU’s Charleston Campus for 13 of those years and as president and CEO of WVU Physicians of Charleston from 2008 to 2013.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Rosencrance will be rejoining the WVU family to lead Thomas Health,” Clay Marsh, MD, WVU Health Sciences chancellor and executive dean, said. “Greg’s experience in academic medicine and the collaborative relationships he has forged in the Charleston area will allow him to continue to build on our educational, research and clinical activities that are core to the Health Sciences mission.”
Rosencrance is also a past governor of the West Virginia chapter of the American College of Physicians and was interim associate vice president and dean of the WVU Charleston Campus when he left West Virginia in 2013. In 1993, the Gregory Rosencrance Clinic Fund for worthwhile WVU resident endeavors was established in the Medical Residents Ambulatory Clinic in Charleston.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Medicine. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including being named the Ayash Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine. He is the author of more than 150 abstracts, publications, research projects, and presentations.
“I am honored and privileged to return to West Virginia and to the community where I was born and raised to serve in this role,” Rosencrance said. “I have a passion for the people of West Virginia, and I look forward to working with everyone at WVU Medicine and Thomas Health to propel Thomas Health forward and expand its services for the community.”
Thomas Health entered into a management agreement and clinical affiliation with the WVU Health System in October. Since that time, patients have seen an increase in access to services, and some employees have seen an increase in pay.
Rosencrance will start at Thomas Health in early 2023.