• Hospital CEO resigns due to personal reasons

    Rome Memorial Hospital President/Chief Executive Officer Basil J. Ariglio resigned Tuesday, Aug. 18, due to personal reasons after 23 years of service, announced Board of Trustees Chairman Chester Patrick, M.D.

    “Buzz regrets the sudden nature of his departure to tend to family matters,” Dr. Patrick said, declining to provide any additional details regarding Ariglio’s resignation.

    Ariglio joined the hospital as its chief financial officer in 1992, was promoted to senior vice president/chief operating officer in 2005, and was named CEO in 2011. During his tenure, the hospital has undergone rapid transformation with the addition of new services and significant investments to modernize its infrastructure and advance quality of care.

    The Board has named former President/Chief Executive Officer Darlene A. Burns, RN, MHA, as interim CEO as it develops a plan for a permanent successor.

    A 1970 graduate of the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Mrs. Burns started her career at the hospital in January 1972 as an evening charge nurse. As she advanced through the nursing and administration ranks, she earned her master's degree in health care administration from the New School for Social Research in 1991 and briefly served as interim hospital administrator in 1992. She was promoted from senior vice president/clinical services to senior vice president/chief operating officer in 2001, and became president/chief executive officer in 2002. Mrs. Burns retired from the hospital in 2011 after nearly 40 years of service.

    “We’re fortunate to have a talented and dedicated leadership team, who will continue to manage the day-to-day operations of the hospital,” Dr. Patrick said. “Because the senior management team has always been responsible for the development and oversight of the hospital’s strategic plan, the Board is confident in their ability to move that strategic vision forward.”