Joseph Tasse named Southwest Solutions’ new interim CEO

October 31st, 2018
Joseph Tasse, interim CEO of Southwest Solutions

Southwest Solutions has announced that Joseph Tasse will serve as its interim CEO, assuming the role that was held by Fred Leeb, who completed his assignment during his six-month tenure at the major nonprofit organization.

Tasse brings extensive executive leadership experience in the healthcare and nonprofit industry to his role with Southwest Solutions. Tasse has also served on the Southwest Counseling Solutions Board of Directors for the last four years, and thus is very familiar with the mission, programs, and operations of the organization.

Leeb was appointed as interim CEO this April. He and Bob Echlin, who was appointed interim Chief Restructuring Officer, were tasked with assessing the financial situation and challenges of Southwest Solutions and then recommending alternative plans to address those challenges. With the fulfillment of these tasks, Leeb and Echlin are departing the organization, and Tasse will implement rigorous strategies to sustain the organization and its mission of service.

In his distinguished career, Tasse has served as interim CEO for a number of health organizations. Most recently he was the interim CEO of Longmont United Hospital in Colorado and interim President and CEO of Trinity Health System in Ohio. He has served as a President within the St. John Providence Health System and as Chief Administrative Officer for the Oakwood Health System. Tasse has been a leader in acute, emergency and ambulatory care operations for more than 30 years.


Here is an overview of Tasse’s career:

Joseph M. Tasse, FACHE most recently has served in interim CEO roles for hospitals in Ohio and Colorado. He is also an executive consultant with Custom Learning Systems, Calgary, Canada in assisting healthcare care providers with improving patient and client satisfaction, employee engagement, HCAHPS scores, and LEAN process improvement.

He recently completed a two-year assignment as an Executive-in-Residence for the Sloan Program in Health Administration at Cornell University. He is the immediate past President of the Ambulatory Network for the St. John Providence Health System in southeast Michigan, now called Ascension Health, Southeast Michigan.

Tasse served previously as the president of 535–bed St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital that was formed with the merger of two hospitals in Warren and Madison Heights, Michigan – a merger that he led as the hospital president. Previously, he served as Chief Administrative Officer of Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn, a 615-bed community teaching hospital located in Dearborn, Michigan, and prior to that, he was Sr. Associate Administrator of Clinical and Professional Services at the 615-bed University of Cincinnati Hospital.

Tasse received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from John Carroll University and his master’s degree in Business Administration from The Johnson School at Cornell University where he simultaneously completed the requirements for a certificate in Hospital and Health Services Administration from the Sloan Program in Health Administration. He also completed a management fellowship program at New York University on a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts in conjunction with the National Association of Public Hospitals.

He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of over 40,000 healthcare executives and is a past ACHE Regent for the state of Michigan, an elected position for which he served over one thousand ACHE members in Michigan and northern Ohio on the national Council of Regents. His current involvement is in working with students and emerging healthcare leaders.

Tasse has been a leader in acute, emergency and ambulatory care operations for over 30 years. He is past president of the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (MCACHE), the southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio chapter of ACHE. He assists two non-profit community organizations in Detroit by serving on their Boards. He is also consulting on the development of a hospital in Beijing, China which would provide U.S.-trained staff to deliver inpatient and outpatient care in China.

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