Richard Salluzzo, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Kingsport, Tenn.-based Wellmont Health System has resigned to take the position of president and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare, a two-hospital system based in Hyannis, Mass. He assumes his new job in July and Wellmont has begun a national search for a new CEO and will announce an interim CEO shortly, a news release said. The announcement that Salluzzo, 57, will replace Eddie George as Wellmont president and CEO was made in September 2004. Under Salluzzos tenure, Wellmont grew from six hospitals to 14 that it owns, operates, leases, contract-manages or has affiliations with, and, financially, it enjoyed a significant turnaround, with net income seeing a cumulative gain of $142 million between fiscal 2005 and fiscal 2008 compared with a cumulative loss of $13 million during the four-year period from fiscal 2000 to fiscal 2004. In May 2007, Salluzzo founded the Safest Hospital Alliance with two other hospital systems. Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare readers voted him No. 11 on the list of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare in 2008. Last fall, he told Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician in a podcast interview that safety was the biggest issue facing healthcare, but reimbursement is so interlined with the safety issue that I believe the reimbursement system needs to change significantly if were going to attain some of the safety goals that we need to. Before joining Wellmont, Salluzzo was CEO and chief medical officer of Conemaugh Health System, Johnstown, Pa. Before that he was president and CEO of the 400-member faculty practice at Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Bostons Tufts University School of Medicine.
Salluzzo, Richard, M.D.
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