Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston is considering offering a high executive position to James J. Mongan, M.D., a prominent healthcare policy expert in Kansas City, Mo.
Mongan is executive director of Truman Medical Center, th e county public hospital, and dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical School.
"There has not been a final offer or agreement on either side," Mongan said. "To me that translates into: `It's under consideration."' The exact title of the post hasn't been determined.
Peggy Slasman, spokeswoman for 900-bed Massachusetts General, said: "Our search committee has yet to make a formal final offer. That's the only thing I can say at this point." T he hospital announced a search several months ago for a chief operating officer.
Massachusetts General admits 35,000 patients a year and conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the country. More than 90% of its physi cians are on the Harvard Medical School faculty. It has a $1 billion operating budget.
In 1994, the hospital combined with Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Partners HealthCare System, an integrated delivery system.
Mongan, 53, is a native of San Francisco. He attended college at the University of California, Berkeley, and took his medical degree from Stanford (Calif.) University. Early in his career, he switched to the policy side and worked for the Senate Finance Committee.
A lifelong Democrat, Mongan held two important posts in the Carter administration and was offered a high position in the Clinton administration but turned it down for personal reasons.A decision is expected by Mas sachusetts General before Jan. 20.