Summa Health System has named a new leader for Akron City and St. Thomas hospitals.

The health system announced on Friday the appointment of Dr. Thomas Malone as president of the two Akron hospitals.

Malone, 56, replaces longtime hospital president Bob Harrigan, who is retiring Tuesday.

Malone, a native of Niles in the Youngstown-Warren area, will begin his new position at Summa in mid-October. His salary wasn’t disclosed.

“His experience in working with integrated health-care systems will significantly contribute to successfully managing the health of our communities,” Thomas J. Strauss, Summa’s president and chief executive, said in a news release. “I’m thrilled to have him as part of our team.”

Before joining Summa, Malone served as president and chief executive of Harper University and Hutzel Women’s Hospital, a 560-bed medical center affiliated with Wayne State University in Detroit.

He previously held roles with the Michigan medical center as executive vice president and chief medical officer, overseeing graduate medical education, physician contracting, medical informatics and quality and safety initiatives.

His other medical administrative experience includes previous positions as president and chief executive of Children’s Choice of Michigan, a health-care system for children with special needs; and president and chief executive of Physician Directed Care, which provided contracting and medical management services.

Malone earned his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University and his medical degree from Ohio State University. He also earned a MBA from Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind.

He completed his residency in pediatrics at Columbus Children’s Hospital and his perinatal-neonatal fellowship at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

Malone and his wife, Megan, plan to relocate to Northeast Ohio.

He has two children, Joseph and Sarah, who both work in Chicago.

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