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DiLallo will lead Manatee Memorial

MANATEE — Manatee Memorial Health System has selected Kevin DiLallo of Wellington Regional Medical Center as its new leader, it was announced Friday.

“He was our No. 1 pick and clearly the board leadership and the medical staff leadership agreed,” said Michael Marquez, senior vice president of Universal Health Systems, Manatee Memorial’s parent company.

DiLallo has been named group vice president and will oversee operations at Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center beginning March 22.

He has been an executive with UHS since 1998, when he became chief operating officer at Wellington in Palm Beach County. He was promoted to chief executive officer/managing director of Wellington in 2000.

“Being with UHS, he’s a known commodity with a proven track record. That made it a good move for us,” Marquez said. “He’s really earned his stripes.

“Kevin’s track record in managing through the market dynamics to the success of Wellington over a period of time — it’s a reflection of his ability. His name was someone we immediately thought of who would make a great fit.”

His work with Wellington’s LECOM medical residency program also will smooth the transition, said Vernon DeSear, vice president of marketing and business development at Manatee Memorial, which will offer the county’s first medical residency program when it begins in July 2011. The hospital hopes to have about 60 residents by 2014.

“I think he will be a very good addition to our market,” DeSear said. “It will be a seamless transition for him.”

DiLallo replaces Moody Chisholm, who will leave Manatee Memorial on March 12 after three-and-a-half years to become president and CEO of St. Vincent HealthCare in Jacksonville.

DiLallo and his wife, Jo-Ann, have three children. The eldest, Matthew DiLallo, recently graduated from the University of Colorado after punting for the football team for four years.

DiLallo leaves Wellington as chairman of the city’s chamber of commerce.

“Kevin has been a senior executive at hospitals in Florida for the better part of 20 years,” Marquez said. “He understands the operating environment here.”

He has more than 25 years of healthcare administrative experience working in health systems in New Jersey, Oklahoma and Florida. He is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and serves as the regent for the organization in Florida. DiLallo received a bachelors of science from Montclair State University in New Jersey and a masters in business administration from Florida Institute of Technology.

— Herald staff writer Timothy R. Wolfrum contributed to this report.