Elizabeth Seely brings extensive experience and a track record of outstanding leadership in hospital operations and community engagement to her role at the Wexner Medical Center. In October 2017, she assumed the position of chief administrative officer – Hospital Division for the OSU Health System, with responsibility for University Hospital, East Hospital, Ross Heart Hospital, Harding Hospital, the Brain and Spine Hospital and Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital.
Prior to this role, she served for 10 years as executive director of East Hospital, leading the hospital through a 37-percent growth in admissions and the addition of new services, such as a STEMI program, a primary stroke certified program and limb preservation program – all coupled with a 48-percent improvement in patient satisfaction and excellent quality metrics: multiple A grades for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group and six Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence awards from Healthgrades.
Elizabeth’s leadership in effective fiscal and resource management also resulted in positive operating margins at East Hospital. In 2010, she led the acquisition and renovation of Outpatient Care East to provide expanded ambulatory access to a variety of OSUWMC medical and surgical specialties on the Near East side of Columbus, with now more than 1,100 patient encounters each day at this site.
Elizabeth is a founding board member of Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT), guiding a $10-million commitment by Ohio State to create a healthy, financially and environmentally sustainable community where residents have access to safe and affordable housing, quality health care, education and employment opportunities on the Near East side of Columbus. She also serves on the MedFlight board of directors.
Before her time at East Hospital, Elizabeth served for 16 years at University Hospital in positions of progressive leadership, culminating in the associate executive director of University Hospital and the Ross Heart Hospital with responsibility for Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital, the Comprehensive Transplant Center, Imaging Services, Imaging Informatics, Pharmacy, Ross Ambulatory Care Center, Nutrition Services, Ob/Gyn Clinic, Bariatric Surgery, Respiratory Therapy, Clinical Laboratories and Rehabilitation Services.
A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Elizabeth served on the American Hospital Association Region 5 Policy Board, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ohio State Graduate Program in Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society, was profiled in the 2011 edition of the Columbus Women’s Book and was a WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development) calendar honoree in 2016.
Elizabeth is an active member of WELD, the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, COSI’s Community Advisory Board and Young Presidents’ Organization. She devotes significant volunteer time to the Girl Scouts of Central Ohio.
Elizabeth graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wake Forest University as a Carswell Scholar with a bachelor’s degree in biology, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and earned her Master of Health Administration degree with a concentration in finance at The Ohio State University as a University Fellow.