WellStar Health System named Michael Graue chief operating officer, effective Jan. 5, 2009.
The Marietta, Ga.-based system said Graue, 52, will oversee operational performance for WellStars five hospitals. Graue served previously as executive vice president of the south operating group with SSM Health Care, where he oversaw the systems acute-care, pediatric and rehabilitation hospitals in St. Louis. He also was market president of the Columbia Healthcare Network of Central Kentucky and has held chief executive officer positions with two other HCA owned hospitals. Graue is replacing former COO Linda Clark, who accepted a position overseas.
Graue holds an MBA and a masters in public health as well as a bachelors degree in medical technology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Leadership Institute. -- by Jean DerGurahian