Tufts-New England Medical Center President and CEO Thomas O'Donnell will retire from his post as soon as his replacement is found, the 374-bed hospital said. Over the past year, O'Donnell has presided over the separation of Tufts from Lifespan, Providence, R.I., which now operates five hospitals. Tufts and Lifespan merged in 1997. O'Donnell, 62, a surgeon with expertise in venous disease, took the helm at Tufts in 1996. Tufts University President Lawrence Bacow will oversee the search for O'Donnell's replacement. "The completion of our separation from Lifespan and the start of this new phase of our history have created a time of decisionmaking for me," O'Donnell said in a written statement. "I feel that this is the right moment for me to step aside." -- by Jeff Tieman
Tufts CEO O'Donnell to retire
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