Pullin takes over from Miller as CEO, president of Virtua

Dennis Pullin formally assumed the roles of CEO and president of Virtua health care system in South Jersey on Thursday, taking the reins from longtime chief Richard Miller.

Pullin joined Virtua in September after serving as president of MedStar Harbor Hospital and senior vice president of MedStar Health, both in Maryland. His appointment was initially announced in June.

“It is an indescribable privilege to join Virtua, an organization recognized as the first choice for health and wellness in South Jersey,” Pullin said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to building upon the already-solid foundation to embark on the next era of health care. I believe we are on the threshold of what I know is an exceptionally promising future for Virtua.”

Since his arrival, Pullin has met with the Virtua Leadership Group and begun a series of visits to each of Virtua’s facilities, the health system said.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dennis Pullin to Virtua and look forward to his leadership and vision,” board Chairman David Kindlick said in a statement. “I am confident that Dennis will carry forward our mission — ensuring high quality, financial stability and outstanding patient care.”

Miller retired this fall after 22 years at the helm of the system.

(READ MORE from ROI-NJ on Miller’s career and retirement.)

Pullin, a native of Texas, has also served on community boards, in professional organizations and in academia.

The nonprofit Virtua system includes hospitals, urgent care centers, a physician group and other services.