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July 9, 2013 

Valley Health Systems and Holyoke Medical Center Name Spiros Hatiras President and Chief Executive Officer 

HOLYOKE, MA - The Board of Directors of Valley Health Systems and Holyoke Medical Center are pleased to announce that Spiros Hatiras will become the next President and Chief Executive Officer of Holyoke Medical Center and its affiliates. Hatiras will succeed Hank J. Porten, who will step down after nearly 28 years in that role.

"We are absolutely delighted to bring such an accomplished and passionate leader to our hospital and community," said Priscilla Mandrachia, chairwoman of the board of directors of Valley Health Systems, the parent company of Holyoke Medical Center and its affiliates. "The search committee, after an exhaustive process, was particularly impressed with Mr. Hatiras' understanding of our culture and love of community health care. He has expertise in reform initiatives and a deep commitment to physicians, staff and quality services.  Valley Health Systems and Holyoke Medical Center have been fortunate to have had the leadership of our present CEO, Hank Porten, for 28 years.  We expect Mr. Hatiras to build on Mr. Porten's accomplishments and lead our health care system successfully into the future."

Hatiras previously served as president and chief executive officer of Hoboken University Medical Center in New Jersey, a 333-bed facility with nearly 500 physicians and nurses offering a full range of medical services. During his tenure there, Hatiras cut operating losses in half over two consecutive fiscal years without reducing staff and oversaw the implementation of electronic medical records.

"We all know health care is going through some very complicated changes and Mr. Hatiras has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to meet these challenges head on," said Peter Connor, chairman of the board of directors at Holyoke Medical Center. "He is a proven leader who understands our mission as a community hospital and will help guide us through the complexities of health care reform while maintaining a focus on quality care and patient satisfaction."

Currently serving as chief operating officer of NIT Health in New York, specializing in the implementation of electronic medical records for hospitals and health care systems, Hatiras has had a distinguished health care career in New Jersey. In addition to his work at Hoboken University Medical Center amid a complicated transition to private ownership, he has also served as vice president of post-acute, ancillary and support services for Bon Secours Health System and corporate director of rehabilitation services for Franciscan Health System of New Jersey.

"I am extremely excited to join Valley Health Systems and Holyoke Medical Center," Hatiras said. "It's the best fit for both of us. I'm returning to do what I love the best, working in a community hospital and helping it succeed. And the hospital's commitment to community health is exactly what health care reform should be embracing. I look forward to working with the entire organization to build upon the solid foundation that Hank has left for us. The hospital is positioned well for the future. I'm ready to go."

Hatiras is certified in health care management by the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has a master's degree in health care management from New York University and a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the Athens Institute of Technology in Athens, Greece. He currently lives with his wife, Gwen, and two children, Ava and Zach, in New Jersey.

"My wife and I are very excited about moving our family to Massachusetts," Hatiras said. "It's the perfect location for us." Hatiras will assume leadership of Holyoke Medical Center in early September, at which time he will also move to the area. Hatiras' wife and children will relocate after his daughter Ava's graduation from high school next year.

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About Holyoke Medical Center 
Holyoke Medical Center is a 198-bed facility with 1,200 employees serving individuals and families throughout the cities and towns of Holyoke, Chicopee, South Hadley, Granby, Easthampton, Southampton, West Springfield and Belchertown. The medical staff includes more than 260 physicians and consulting staff. Holyoke Medical Center is a nationally-accredited hospital and is ranked #1 in the Massachusetts for stroke care. Areas of clinical emphasis also include behavioral health, critical care, emergency care, orthopedics, oncology, rehabilitation, women's health services, and speech and hearing services. Holyoke Medical Center is a member of Valley Health Systems in Holyoke which also includes the affiliates Holyoke Visiting Nurse Association, Western Mass Physician Associates and River Valley Counseling Center.