Matt Severance Becomes Chairman

Matt Severance, Chief Operating Officer for Roper St. Francis and Chief Executive Officer for Roper Hospital, has taken over as Chairman of the SCHA Board of Trustees for 2016.

Severance assumed his role at SCHA’s Annual Meeting held January 27-28 in Columbia. One of his first duties as chair was to preside over the Association’s annual event and present the major priorities for South Carolina’s hospital community in 2016.

Improving protocols around disaster preparedness is a major theme for South Carolina’s hospitals in light of the “1,000-year” flood that impacted many facilities last year. The state’s hospitals will also be focusing on initiatives to implement plain language emergency codes, expand health coverage to low-income South Carolinians, and a call to action to address health disparities in communities across the state.

Severance began his work with the Roper system in 1990 as an administrative resident. He left for a brief period to pursue an opportunity as chief operating officer and executive vice president for Lawrence Hospital Center in Bronxville, NY, but returned to Roper Hospital as CEO in 2004.

A native of Lakeland, FL, he attended Wake Forest University and then went on to earn two Masters Degrees at the University of Florida, one in Business Administration and one in Healthcare Administration. Severance and his wife Ashley are the parents of four children, two daughters and two sons. 

“With so many changes occurring in health care today, South Carolina is fortunate to have leaders such as Matt, who has a strong vision of what health care in our state should be and a willingness to share his time and expertise in pursuit of that vision,” said SCHA President and CEO Thornton Kirby. “I appreciate his leadership and look forward to working with him in his new role.”