Robert Haddad, a physician and veteran healthcare executive, has been appointed president and CEO of Caritas Christi Health Care, Boston, after the departure of interim CEO Emmett Murphy, who left the top post last week amid reports that his professional credentials were exaggerated.
The Boston Archdiocese, which sponsors six-hospital Caritas, last week announced that Haddad had left his position as president of 250-bed Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston, to take over the system.
Before joining Caritas in 2001, Haddad, 50, worked at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania for 18 years. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Haddad considers his 20-year background as a physician "a true asset because I've had the opportunity to practice and live the experience every day while learning the sophistication required in leadership these days," he told Modern Healthcare last week.
As Murphy left his job last week, local news media questioned his professional experience, including a claim that he served as president of Lenox Hill Hospital, New York.
In an interview, Murphy denied saying that he had served as Lenox Hill president.
Murphy is a management consultant who had been interim CEO following the abrupt resignation of Michael Collins in April after a 10-year tenure as head of Caritas. He says his main tasks were to conduct an analysis of the system and lead the process of hiring a permanent CEO. What he found was a system in financial trouble, having lost $60 million from fiscal 2000 through the first six months of the current fiscal year. Haddad "is inheriting a complicated problem," Murphy says.
Haddad says Murphy completed his work as interim chief and that his leaving had nothing to do with reports that he exaggerated his credentials.
Murphy's biography had been removed from the Caritas Web site. The Boston Archdiocese did not respond to a request for comment.