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New president of Medina Hospital named

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Dr. Richard Shewbridge

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MEDINA — A local resident and physician will lead Medina Hospital.

Cleveland Clinic announced Wednesday the promotion of Dr. Richard Shewbridge as hospital president. He succeeds Dr. Thomas Tulisiak, effective Monday.

Shewbridge, 54, joined Cleveland Clinic in 2010 as an endocrinologist.

“Leading Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital, I look forward to working with community members, physicians, and all caregivers as we strive to provide the best and most efficient care to our patients,” Shewbridge said. “I am excited for this opportunity to impact the health of our Medina County communities in a positive way.”

Tulisiak announced in April, just weeks after the hospital announced the closing of its birthing center, he would resign.

A hospital spokesman declined to say whether the birthing center closure was a factor in Tulisiak’s resignation, effective May 1, and Tulisiak was unavailable for an interview about his departure.

“I understand (the closing of the birthing center) was a difficult decision for the community and for caregivers,” Shewbridge said Wednesday.

“We will continue to work to improve women’s heath services.

“We have OBGYNs on staff, gynecology services and are looking to add urogynecology services as we continue to expand,” he said.

Shewbridge, who has been practicing endocrinology in the Medina area since 1996, said he will continue to see patients about two days a week in Medina Hospital’s Medical Building.

“Cleveland Clinic is interested in having their leaders continue their practice and that’s what I like to do,” Shewbridge said. “We may be bringing on extra caregivers to help with the load of patients I have … a pretty good number (of patients) being in the practice for a number of years.”

Shewbridge is a trustee on the Medina Hospital Board of Directors and is active in the community with a program called Healthy Strides. He has served as Vice President of Medical Operations at Medina Hospital since 2011.

He previously was involved in the Medina County Medical Society and was on the Medina City Schools Foundation’s board.

“Dr. Shewbridge has been a strong leader at Cleveland Clinic and Medina Hospital for several years,” said Dr. J. Stephen Jones, president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers in a statement. “His clinical and operational experience will serve the organization well as he assumes the role of Medina Hospital president. With an unrelenting focus on creating a highly reliable experience for our patients, Dr. Shewbridge will work to enhance clinical quality and continue the growth and success of Medina Hospital.”

“I’m very excited to be able to help caregivers provide the best care to patients and I hope to continue to make Medina Hospital a great place to work,” Shewbridge said.

Shewbridge, who declined to disclose his salary, said his job is an appointed position.

Vicky Snyder, who served as interim president since Tulisiak’s resignation, will return to serving as chief operating officer.

Medina Hospital is one of Medina County’s largest employers with about 1,000 full- and part-time workers and more than 400 physicians on its staff. It became a Cleveland Clinic affiliate in 2009.

The hospital is in the last construction phase of a

$5.8 million upgrade to its emergency department and a $1.4 million upgrade to its intensive care unit.

Medical background

Shewbridge received his medical degree in 1988 from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.

He completed an internship and residency training in internal medicine at the U.S. Air Force Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss.

He also completed fellowship training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the Air Force Medical Center’s Wilford Hall at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Shewbridge served in the Air Force Medical Corps from 1988 to 1996.

He has been an assistant professor of clinical internal medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown County since 1998.

On a national level, Shewbridge is a member of the steering committee of the National Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute at Tradition in Biloxi, an affiliation of the Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute.

Shewbridge and his wife, Sally, have lived in Medina since 1996. They have three adult children.

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or hheironimus@medina-gazette.com.



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