Michael Collins, the longtime president and CEO of Boston's Caritas Christi Health Care, has resigned, the Archdiocese of Boston announced.
Collins, 48, joined Caritas Christi in 1986 as vice president of government and media affairs, and was named senior vice president in 1991. He became CEO of the six-hospital system in 1994.
The system and the archdiocese would not confirm or deny reports that Collins was forced out. Archbishop Sean O'Malley, in a written statement, would only say that Collins made "substantial progress in helping to build the system into what it is today. A clarity of mission and purpose is essential to seeing the system to a new level of clinical and service excellence."
John Drew, chairman of the Caritas Christi board of governors, praised Collins' performance. "He helped create the system and as its CEO bring it to a new level of prominence and clinical excellence in the Boston and Massachusetts market."
Emmett Murphy, a healthcare management consultant, was named interim president and CEO of the system. The system's board will conduct a search for Collins' replacement. The system reported net income of $1.6 million on revenue of $1 billion in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2003.
Collins had been working without a contract since June 30, 2003, when his four-year pact with the hospital board expired, the Boston Globe reported. A Caritas spokesman would not comment about Collins' situation and said the system would release another announcement about the situation late last week, but it was not available at deadline. Collins was also unavailable for comment.
In his role at Caritas, Collins brought three hospitals into the system, acquiring Carney Hospital, Dorchester, Mass., and Norwood (Mass.) Hospital in 1997 and Good Samaritan Medical Center, Brockton, Mass., in 1999. The system also acquired Por Cristo, a medical outreach center in Ecuador, where teams of volunteer physicians and nurses travel to the country for two-week stints to treat residents.
Collins has played a national role in Catholic healthcare. He is a past chairman of the board of the Catholic Health Association and served as speaker of the CHA's membership assembly.