Bon Secours Richmond president leaving for Pa. health system
Faraaz Yousef will become EVP and COO of WellSpan Health
Bon Secours Mercy Health Richmond President Faraaz Yousef will be leaving the health system to become chief operating officer and an executive vice president for Pennsylvania-based WellSpan Health.
He will end his tenure at Bon Secours on April 29 and the health system is conducting a national search for his successor.
“Faraaz has led the Richmond team through one of the most challenging times in health care, navigating a global pandemic while simultaneously expanding access to care in the Richmond region,” a Bon Secours spokesperson said in an email. “He led the effort to break ground on a new emergency department facility in Chester, Virginia, and the renovation of Rappahannock General Hospital. He and his team also successfully integrated two new hospitals and the acquisition of a large orthopedic physician practice into the Richmond Market. “
Yousef starts his new role on June 6, succeeding John Porter, who plans to retire June 30, a WellSpan Health spokesperson said in an email. WellSpan owns seven hospitals in central Pennsylvania.
Yousef has served as president of the Bon Secours’ Richmond market since December 2019 following Bon Secours and Mercy Health completed their merger in 2018. He joined Bon Secours Mercy Health in July 2019 as chief strategy officer of the Atlantic Group, a role in which he was responsible for strategic planning across Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, New York and Maryland. Yousef has overseen seven hospitals and three freestanding emergency centers as market president.
In January 2020, Bon Secours finalized its purchase of Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia and Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin. The health system had previously announced the acquisition in October 2019. In November 2021, Bon Secours acquired Richmond-based Tuckahoe Orthopaedics.
The system is working on a $50 million expansion of Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville and a $119 million expansion of St. Francis Medical Center in Chesterfield County. In 2021, Bon Secours began working on a $30 million free-standing emergency center in Chester.
He previously worked with Baltimore-based LifeBridge Health as president of its Northwest Hospital and a senior vice president. Beforehand, Yousuf was COO of Sutter Health’s Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, California, and prior to that, COO of Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California, for HCA Healthcare (then Hospital Corp. of America).
Yousuf holds a master’s in health care administration and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. He serves on the board of directors for Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.
One of the top 20 health systems in the United States, Bon Secours Mercy Health was formed in 2018 following the merger of Bon Secours Health System and Cincinnati-based Mercy Health.