J. Richard Gaintner, M.D., beat out two internal candidates to become chief executive officer of the newly formed Gainesville, Fla.-based Shands healthcare system, an eight-hospital network that has the University of Florida's Shands Hospital as its hub.
Gaintner, 59, has held the No. 2 executive position as president of Boston-based CareGroup, formed last year through the merger of Beth Israel Healthcare, Pathway Health Network and Mount Auburn Hospital.
"Dr. Gaintner has extensive experience in the process of managing an integrated healthcare system, which is the principal task for the next cycle of Shands system," said University of Florida President John V. Lombardi, who is also president of the Shands Hospital board.
Shands Hospital CEO Paul Metts and University of Florida Health System CEO Warren Ross also were candidates for the job.
The university last year began reorganizing its hospitals, 25 primary-care and outreach centers, 30 home healthcare agencies, multispecialty faculty group practice and University of Florida Health System, which negotiate's managed-care contracts, into a statewide system tentatively being called Shands healthcare system. The system said the name may be altered somewhat, but Shands is likely to remain in the title.