Riverside Health System will soon have a new president and chief executive officer (CEO).
On September 7, Riverside announced that Dr. Mike Dacey will helm the health care system starting on January 1, 2023.
Dacey, who is currently chief operating officer (COO), will succeed current President and CEO Bill Downey, who is retiring after nearly 40 years at Riverside. Downey, who has served as CEO for more than ten years, will become executive vice chairman and special advisor for Riverside prior to his official retirement in 2024.
“Mike has been an incredible asset to Riverside before and during the pandemic in his role as chief operating officer,” said Gabe Morgan, chairman of the Riverside Health System Board of Directors, in a release. “He and Bill have worked so well together during the past five years, and we know he will take Riverside to even greater success.”
Prior to joining Riverside, Dacey served as critical care service line chief, chief medical officer, and hospital president at Care New England, a non-profit health care system in Rhode Island. Dacey joined the team at Riverside in 2018, where he served as chief clinical operations officer before becoming COO.
“Bill is a storied health care leader in Virginia whose many accomplishments at Riverside will continue to benefit patients for many years to come,” Dacey said. “He leaves the entire health system extremely well-positioned for continued growth and excellence in patient and resident care. We have an outstanding group of clinical leaders, providers, nurses, and team members with a shared goal of continually improving the patient and consumer experience by delivering high-quality, affordable care.”