David Campbell is stepping aside as president and CEO of eight-hospital St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in New York after four years, making way for others to continue strategic vision and restructuring initiatives laid out by the board earlier this fall, said Michael Fagan, a St. Vincent spokesman. Campbell led the newly merged system through one of the most difficult financial periods ever faced by the city's healthcare industry, officials noted. He will continue in his position until early January 2004 when the board plans to put an interim management team in place. "I look forward to working with the interim CEO and management team to assure a smooth transition," Campbell said in a written statement. The recently approved strategic plan includes "major reconfigurations" at St. Vincent hospitals in Brooklyn and Queens, Fagan said. Campbell previously was a consultant with Leadership Group, Southfield, Mich. Before his consulting stint, Campbell was president and CEO of Detroit Medical Center. -- by Cinda Becker
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