Modern Healthcare - - NEWS MAKERS - —Ashok Sel­vam


Pa­trick Mul­doon was hired as pres­i­dent of UMass Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Worces­ter, Mass., ef­fec­tive Aug. 26. Mul­doon, 58, was named to his first CEO po­si­tion at age 28, and has since led hos­pi­tals and health sys­tems in Michi­gan, Rhode Is­land and Mas­sachusetts. Mul­doon is pres­i­dent and CEO of UMass Me­mo­rial Health Care’s Leomin­ster, Mass.based Health Al­liance Hos­pi­tals and is chair­man of the Mas­sachusetts Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion. At the UMass flag­ship hos­pi­tal in Worces­ter, he fills a va­cancy cre­ated when Dr. Wal­ter Et­tinger re­signed in 2011.


Den­ver-based DaVita Health­Care Part­ners hired Dr. Craig Samitt as ex­ec­u­tive VP of its Health­Care Part­ners di­vi­sion, which man­ages and op­er­ates med­i­cal groups and af­fil­i­ated physi­cian net­works in Cal­i­for­nia, Florida, Ne­vada and New Mex­ico. Pend­ing board ap­proval, Samitt, 49, will suc­ceed Dr. Robert Margolis as CEO of the di­vi­sion. Margolis, 67, was CEO of Tor­rance, Calif.-based Health­Care Part­ners when the re­nal-care gi­ant bought the com­pany in 2012. He will tran­si­tion out of his ex­ec­u­tive role in mid-2014 but will re­tain his po­si­tion as co-chair­man of the DaVita Health­Care Part­ners board.


Joseph Pow­ell, the long­time pres­i­dent and CEO at Bap­tist Me­mo­rial Health Care Corp., Mem­phis, Tenn., died Aug. 2 at 86 af­ter a long ill­ness.

Pow­ell, a na­tive of Etowah, Tenn., spent 14 years, from 1980 to 1994, work­ing as Bap­tist’s pres­i­dent and CEO. It was un­der his guid­ance that Bap­tist trans­formed from a two-hos­pi­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion to a full-fledged re­gional health sys­tem that cur­rently in­cludes 14 hos­pi­tals.

Pow­ell ar­rived at Bap­tist in 1954 as an ad­min­is­tra­tive res­i­dent, the fifth such res­i­dent in the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s his­tory. He spent 40 years work­ing at Bap­tist in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties.

Pow­ell be­lieved in the power of scale and much of the suc­cess from the sys­tem’s ex­pan­sion was be­cause of his ef­forts, said Stephen Reynolds, Bap­tist’s cur­rent pres­i­dent and CEO and Pow­ell’s suc­ces­sor.

“He had a keen mind—oh my good­ness—and a pho­to­graphic mem­ory,” Reynolds said. “He was very opin­ion­ated in de­liv­er­ing health­care.”

Af­ter his re­tire­ment from Bap­tist, he served as a se­nior con­sul­tant for the sys­tem and led its foun­da­tion.


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