In­terim leader named CEO at WakeMed

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Who: Don­ald Gintzig, 56

Ap­pointed to: Pres­i­dent and CEO of WakeMed Health & Hos­pi­tals, Raleigh, N.C. Gintzig had served as in­terim CEO since Oc­to­ber 2013, tak­ing over for Bill Atkin­son, who re­signed the pre­vi­ous month af­ter WakeMed en­tered a de­ferred prose­cu­tion agree­ment to re­solve Medi­care over­billing charges.

Pre­vi­ous po­si­tions: A re­tired rear ad­mi­ral in the Navy, Gintzig held sev­eral lead­er­ship roles, in­clud­ing deputy com­man­der and COO of Navy Medicine East Coast and West Coast op­er­a­tions, and served in Ja­pan, Haiti and South Korea. He also was CEO at St. Thomas Health in Nashville.

Pri­or­i­ties now: “First and fore­most, re-es­tab­lish re­la­tion­ships among physi­cians, staff and com­mu­nity. Any­time there’s a change in lead­er­ship, un­cer­tainty is cre­ated. You want to spend time to rebuild trust and as­sess where the or­ga­ni­za­tion is, where it’s go­ing and the ini­tia­tives that it has.”

On his mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence: “I was hon­ored to be selected as a rear ad­mi­ral and had an op­por­tu­nity to go on ac­tive duty while our na­tion has been en­gaged in the long­est war in our his­tory. … The fo­cus is mak­ing sure we have ro­bust health­care where it’s needed, when it’s needed, but also an ac­tive pro­gram to keep ac­tive forces and their fam­i­lies healthy so they can com­plete the mis­sion that’s re­quired.”

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