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Roxanne Ruppel Named President and Chief Operating Officer of Salem Hospital: David Roberts, MD, to assume expanded role with Mass General Brigham

Salem, Mass.-- Salem Hospital, a member of Mass General Brigham, today named Roxanne Ruppel as its next president and chief operating officer effective, March 1, 2023. Roxanne has served in multiple leadership roles including vice president of strategy and planning, and since 2009, as senior vice president of operations. She succeeds David J. Roberts, MD, who has been named senior vice president of community operations at Mass General Brigham.

“We are so grateful to Dr. Roberts for his expertise and support, especially through the COVID-19 pandemic, and for his unwavering focus on kindness and compassion,” says Ruppel. “He leaves big shoes to fill and I am eager to continue his commitment to provide exceptional care to our community. We have an outstanding team of physicians, nurses and staff at Salem Hospital and I am honored to join with them in advancing our organization into the future.”

During her more than 20 years at Salem Hospital, Ruppel has overseen key strategic and operational initiatives across the institution in clinical areas including Emergency Services, Medicine, Cardiology, Surgery, Pediatrics, Radiology, Psychiatry and Mental Health and Women’s Health. As vice president of strategy and planning for the hospital, she led the development of the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care. A physical therapist by training, Ruppel pursued a clinical career for 10 years before transitioning to management. She joined the staff of the former Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital in 1997 as Director of Outpatient Services and a short time later joined the Strategy and Planning Department at Salem Hospital.

Roberts leaves the president and CEO post after six years, aimed at building lasting clinical process improvements and a culture of empathy-driven, patient-centered care. During his tenure, the hospital has received a Leapfrog safety grade of “A” for 2020, 2021 and 2022, reflecting an enhanced commitment to patient safety and quality. He remained a steady and reassuring hand for staff and patients alike throughout the COVID pandemic which saw Salem Hospital among the busiest community hospitals in the Commonwealth. Prior to becoming president of Salem Hospital, he served as Chief of Cardiology and Chair of Medicine and maintained a robust interventional cardiology practice for more than 30 years.

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About Salem Hospital

Salem Hospital is a member of Mass General Brigham, an academic healthcare system founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital that is uniting great minds to make life-changing impact for patients in local communities and around the world. Serving the North Shore community for more than 100 years, Salem Hospital provides innovative medical, surgical and psychiatric care through an array of inpatient, outpatient and virtual settings including Salem Hospital, the Epstein Center for Behavioral Health, North Shore Physicians Group and a medical staff of nearly 700 physicians practicing in a wide range of specialties. For more information, please visit For information about Mass General Brigham, visit