Piedmont Medical Center, Atlanta, completed two major transitions, simultaneously announcing its official withdrawal from Promina Health System, in the works since last November, and the resignation of its president and CEO of the past two years, R. Timothy Stack. His departure was unrelated to Piedmont's withdrawal from Promina, a hospital spokeswoman said. Stack resigned to become president and CEO of MedQuist, Marlton, N.J., after previously serving on the technology company's board. The appointment takes effect Oct. 1. Piedmont's plans for an interim leader will be announced later, officials said. Piedmont operates 465-bed Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, and 100-bed Fayette Community Hospital, Fayetteville, Ga. Promina, which will continue to run five hospitals in the Atlanta area, is still struggling with managed-care contracts -- one reason for Piedmont's withdrawal. Last week, Promina said negotiations with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia had collapsed and as of midnight Aug. 31, the system would no longer be part of the Blues network. -- by Michael Romano
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