Chuck OBrien, who retired in December 2006 after more than three years as chairman of the Detroit Medical Center, died March 29, the system said in a statement. The Detroit native was 66.
Early in his tenure as chairman, OBrien served four months as interim chief executive officer of the seven-hospital system and oversaw cost cutting, reorganization of the governing board and a CEO search, according to the system.
He took the helm at a troubling time in DMCs history and encouraged more innovation, leadership and unique problem solving at a time when others would traditionally walk away, Michael Duggan, the systems president and CEO, said in a statement. In 1998, O'Brien sold Ring Screw Works and funded a $1.5 million endowed chair for pediatric cancer research at DMC's 222-bed Children's Hospital of Michigan, the system said. -- by Melanie Evans