After serving in an acting capacity since February 2021, the Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announced the appointment of Preston Swan as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

A spokesperson said: “The COO is responsible for the Facilities Management, Pathology, Imaging Services, Pharmacy, Property Management, Security and Hotel Services Environmental Services, Food Services and Laundry] departments, as well as the Mid Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI). With his formal appointment as COO, Preston will no longer hold the additional role of vice president of clinical operations (MWI). This role will go through a competitive recruitment process and the successful candidate will report to him.”

CEO & President Scott Pearman, stated: “Mr Swan has successfully acted as COO for the last three years, while also continuing with his responsibilities as vice president, clinical operations (MWI). He has earned this appointment through all the challenges of COVID and beyond and will now be able to focus on the key responsibilities of the COO. It is gratifying to see someone of Mr Swan’s calibre come through the succession planning process at BHB. He brings to this position a wealth of experience at BHB in patient care and with many successful achievements. I’m extremely pleased to formally welcome him to the role.”

Mr Swan added: “With the benefit of three years acting in the role, I’m looking forward to focusing full-time on the COO responsibilities. There are exciting plans around energy sustainability that we are working on, the continued implementation of the MWI Directorate Plan, as well as many improvements underway in Hotel Services, and other facility improvements. I’m grateful for the continued collaboration and support from the departments I work with as we continue in our pursuit of excellence.”

Mr Swan started at BHB as a mental health nurse in 1989. He worked on various mental health wards and was promoted to the position of unit coordinator in 1993. In 1996, he was promoted to the position of clinical coordinator of the Community Homes Programme and in 2004 to the role of clinical director of Turning Point. Mr Swan held this position until late 2008 when he became vice president of Quality & Risk Management. In 2017, he was appointed vice president of clinical operations at MWI and in 2021 took on the additional role of Acting COO.

Mr Swan trained as a registered mental nurse at the Sussex Downs School of Nursing in England. In 1992, he undertook further training at the Sheffield School of Nursing in England, gaining three ENBs in developments in intellectual disability nursing, teaching and assessment in clinical practice, and care in the community. In 2008, he achieved a Masters of Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. He also has a certification in value-based healthcare through John’s Hopkins School of Medicine and has completed the Patient Safety Executive Professional course. Mr Swan also serves as a director of the Bermuda Mental Health Foundation.