Southcoast Health CEO Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

Rochester, MA (WLNE) – Southcoast Health CEO Keith Hovan is charged with domestic assault and battery.

Rochester Police said they responded to a report of a domestic assault at Hovan’s home in Rochester on Saturday night. According to the police report, he is accused of striking another adult with his arm. Hovan was arrested at the scene. He is now out on bail.

According to the police report, officers determined that domestic assault “would disqualify him from holding a license to carry firearms in Massachusetts.” Police suspended Hovan’s license to carry and seized all 43 of his firearms, as well as his ammunition. According to the police report, while officers were seizing the firearms and ammunition, they found that Hovan illegally possessed 83 high capacity magazines and one drum. Officers issued a summons for Hovan to appear in court for those alleged violations.

The Southcoast Board of Trustees released the following statement regarding Hovan’s arrest:

Dear Southcoast Health community,

On Saturday, November 6th an incident took place at the home of President & CEO Keith A. Hovan. President Hovan immediately made the Board aware the following morning. The Board met on several occasions to review the details as they became available and discussed next steps.

Out of respect for the privacy of the Hovan family and to allow for the matter to be adjudicated, we will refrain from further comment at this time. The Hovan family has the full support of the Board as they deal with this personal family matter.

As a Board, we value and respect every member of the Southcoast Health team. It is important that you know that the Board is aware and will always directly address matters affecting the Southcoast Health community.


Southcoast Health System Board of Trustees

Southcoast Health System includes Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.  The health system has a physician network and offers health services across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

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