WellSpan Health on Tuesday announced a new executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Beginning Jan. 6, Bruce Solomon will take on the position vacated earlier this year by Dr. Kevin Mosser, who on Oct. 1 became president and CEO of the York Township-based health system.

Solomon's career as a health care executive includes similar leadership roles at Stony Brook University Medical Center in Long Island, N.Y., and Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Mass.

Most recently he served as a senior adviser with BDC Advisors, a Miami-based health care consulting firm that lists cost reduction and hospital mergers among Solomon's areas of expertise.

In his new role at WellSpan, Solomon will be tasked with reducing costs and developing an infrastructure that will enhance performance, teamwork, quality of care and growth in programs throughout the health system's facilities in York, Adams and Lancaster counties, according to a press release.

Health care is a rapidly transforming industry, and WellSpan is seeking a more coordinated, convenient and patient-focused experience for the communities it serves, Mosser said in a news release.

"Bruce Solomon brings a wealth of experience that will help our organization to realize this vision and shape the future of health care here in central Pennsylvania," he said.

It was that vision that attracted Solomon to WellSpan, he said.

"All organizations have missions, but it was apparent to me that WellSpan really lives its mission. Second, the organization had to be committed to its community, both as it relates to the health of that community as well as caring for the needs of the underserved," said Solomon, who previously served as executive director of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, a nonprofit that provides medical, dental, social and mental health care to Boston's homeless population.

"I look forward to achieving a deeper understanding of WellSpan's strengths and challenges and am eager to begin working with my colleagues to offer the local communities greater value in the coming months and years," he said.

--Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.