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    Carney Hospital president takes new job

    Walter J. Ramos became president of Carney Hospital in 2015.
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    Walter J. Ramos became president of Carney Hospital in 2015.

    The president of Carney Hospital in Dorchester is leaving to take a new job.

    Walter J. Ramos, who became president of Carney in 2015, will become chief executive of the Boston-based human services company Rogerson Communities in July.

    Carney Hospital is owned by Steward Health Care System of Boston, a private for-profit hospital chain. Steward officials have not yet named a new president for Carney.

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    The Dorchester hospital has struggled with financial losses over many years as it has sought to compete with several bigger and better-known hospitals just a few miles away. Some efforts to grow programs at Carney — such as a short-lived family medicine residency program — have failed.

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    Ramos was the third president to lead Carney in four years. He replaced Andy Davis, who had led Carney since 2012. Davis took the job after Bill Walczak, who left Carney after about a year leading the hospital.

    Ramos said in an e-mail to hospital staff that he is leaving at a time of optimism about Carney’s future. He said Carney has invested in programs and rebuilt its patient numbers over the past few years.

    “A new opportunity has been developed and put before me in such a way which has made it difficult for me to do anything but accept it,” Ramos said, adding, “The Carney will always have a special place in my heart.”

    Rogerson Communities manages affordable housing facilities and operates programs for frail seniors. As CEO at Rogerson, Ramos will succeed James F. Seagle, who led the organization for 45 years, the company said in a news release.

    Priyanka Dayal McCluskey can be reached at priyanka.mccluskey@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @priyanka_dayal.