Dr. James Mongan, a longtime healthcare leader who influenced health policy at the state and federal level, died of cancer May 3. He was 69.
Mongan served as president and CEO of Boston-based Partners HealthCare System for six years until his retirement in 2009.
He worked in Washington early in his career, first for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and then later as a deputy assistant secretary for health and an associate director of the domestic policy staff at the White House during President Jimmy Carter's administration. Mongan also served as president of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and executive director of Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Mo. (See related editorial, p. 22.)