Joshua Putter named Chief Operating Officer at Steward Health Care System

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Boston, MA – September 28, 2011 – Today, Steward Health Care System, LLC (Steward) announced that Joshua Putter has been named Chief Operating Officer for the system.

“Josh is a talented hospital executive with 22 years of experience,” said Ralph de la Torre, MD, CEO of Steward. “Josh will help take Steward to the next level as we grow and add more hospitals to our system.  His knowledge of other markets and national perspective will be assets to us as we expand beyond Massachusetts and New England.” 

Putter joins Steward from Health Management Associates (HMA) where he was President of a division responsible for running 13 hospitals in Florida.  The division Putter oversaw totaled 2,100 beds, 94,000 admissions and net revenue of more than $1.0 billion.  Putter is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds an MBA/MHA from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

“I am excited to be joining Steward at such a dynamic time,” said Putter.  “The Steward hospitals are essential sources of quality health care in the community.  It is important that they are run efficiently and effectively so we can keep health care costs down and ensure the hospital is always there to meet the needs of the community.”

About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the largest fully integrated community care organization and community hospital network in New England.  Headquartered in Boston, Steward has more than 13,000 employees serving more than one million patients annually in 85 communities.  Hospitals in the system include Saint Anne’s in Fall River, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Norwood Hospital, Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, and Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill.  Other Steward Health Care entities include Steward Physician Network, Caritas Hospice and Home Care, Laboure College, and Por Cristo.   Further information is available at

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