ON THE MOVE ...
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.