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K. Dou­glas Deck re­signed as pres­i­dent and CEO of Mun­son Health­care, Tra­verse City, Mich. The board ac­cepted Deck’s res­ig­na­tion May 6, and it was ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately. He was re­placed by Ed­win Ness, 47, pres­i­dent and CEO of Mun­son Med­i­cal Cen­ter, who for now will re­tain his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties over the hos­pi­tal. Mun­son has af­fil­i­a­tion agree­ments with four ad­di­tional Michi­gan hos­pi­tals and has been in merger talks with Spec­trum Health, a four-hos­pi­tal sys­tem based in Grand Rapids, Mich. Deck, 60, took lead­er­ship of Mun­son in late 2005. A Mun­son spokesman said the de­ci­sion to leave was Deck’s, and the spokesman said he was not able to elab­o­rate. Board Chair­man Tom McIn­tyre praised Deck in a news re­lease an­nounc­ing the devel­op­ment. “Doug is a true pro­fes­sional, and we thank him for his years of ser­vice to Mun­son Health­care and the peo­ple of North­ern Michi­gan,” McIn­tyre said. Ness joined the sys­tem in 1999 as COO and ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of the flag­ship hos­pi­tal, be­com­ing its pres­i­dent and CEO in 2005. … Fran­cisco “Frank” Perez an­nounced he will re­tire next year as CEO of Ket­ter­ing Health Net­work, Day­ton, Ohio. Perez, 66, be­came pres­i­dent of Ket­ter­ing Med­i­cal Cen­ter in 1994. Un­der his lead­er­ship the hos­pi­tal grew into Ket­ter­ing Health Net­work, adding hos­pi­tals in Day­ton, Xe­nia and Mi­amis­burg, as well as re­cently mak­ing plans to ac­quire Fort Hamil­ton Hos­pi­tal, Hamil­ton, Ohio. The sys­tem is con­duct­ing a na­tional search to re­place Perez when he steps down, which is planned for May 15, 2011.



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