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Bayfront Health system gets new leader

Bayfront Health has hired a new executive position to oversee the six regional hospitals it operates along the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Joseph Mullany has been appointed regional president and chief executive officer of Bayfront Health, and will oversee all of the company’s regional hospitals along the I-75 corridor, according to a Tuesday news release. Mullany, 52, is responsible for the strategic development of Bayfront Health and will provide management support to its network of hospitals which extend from Brooksville to Venice.

He served as president and CEO of the Detroit Medical Center, an eight-hospital academic system in Michigan, for four years. During his tenure, he expanded the system’s ambulatory care network and developed successful accountable care organizations in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Pioneer ACO Project.

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"Looking across the network, we see a number of opportunities to enhance care delivery and expand access to services," Mullany said in a statement. "Building a more cohesive network will allow us to accelerate strategic priorities to the benefit of our patients and the communities we serve."

Mullany will essentially become the boss of the CEOs who run Bayfront Health’s individual hospitals. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wake Forest University, a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s in health science from the University of Florida. Mullany was named among the Top 100 most influential health care leaders by Modern Healthcare, a trade publication.

Community Health Systems, which owns all Bayfront Health hospitals, is one of the nation’s largest owners and operators of hospitals, with 137 of them in 21 states. The company has struggled financially in recent years, posting heavy net losses quarter after quarter and has sold dozens of under-performing hospitals from its portfolio. CHS stock also has plummeted over the last three years.

The company announced the sale of its Bayfront Health Dade City hospital to Adventist Health System, the parent company of Florida Hospital, in December. The deal is expected to close this quarter.

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Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, the flagship hospital of the local health system, faces a federal subpoena from the Department of Justice issued last fall in relation to the hospital’s involvement in Florida’s Low Income Pool program, which is used to reimburse hospitals for the cost of providing care to uninsured residents and is sometimes referred to as "charity care."

But Mullany is no newcomer to controversy. While in Detroit, he oversaw the hospital system during a state and federal investigation following the publication of a series of stories by the Detroit News exposing complaints over improperly sterilized instruments.

"We’re committed to building upon the proud history Bayfront Health’s hospitals have of caring for patients in their communities," Mullany said in a statement. "I look forward to supporting Bayfront Health physicians, hospital leadership and employees in their work to deliver quality care and help to improve the health of the region."

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