Dean M. Carucci has been named Chief Executive Officer of Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Carucci has been serving as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer.

“I believe Dean’s energy, passion, ability to build strong relationships with staff, physicians and community members alike, as well as his proven ability to execute on strategic and operational initiatives will reinforce Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s mission and vision to serve the community at large,” said Rob Carrel, the President of HCA’s Capital Division.

Prior to becoming COO for PRH, Dean served as COO at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Dean helped lead that facility through a $110 million expansion and also served a stint as Interim CEO. Dean holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Louisiana State University and an MBA from The Ohio State University. Dean began his career with HCA in Internal Audit before moving into hospital operations in Richmond, VA in 2005.

“I am excited and honored to be appointed to lead such an amazing organization. I look forward to working with the staff, physicians and all of our community partners to strengthen Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s ability to serve the community,” he said.

The search for the new CEO was an extensive process that included input from numerous hospital stakeholders, including members of the medical staff, Board of Trustees, and the Foundation for Seacoast Health. Carucci will work closely with the Foundation and member organizations of the Seacoast Community Collaborative amongst others.

Dean and his wife Kristen consider New England home and enjoy traveling, distance running, and are huge Boston sports enthusiasts. Kristen is the Director of Finance for Smarter Travel, a subsidiary of Trip Advisor. As new parents of 4-month old son Walter “Griffin” they look forward to establishing even deeper roots for their family here on the Seacoast.