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Baystate President & CEO Mark Tolosky to Step Down in July

(Photo Courtesy: Baystate Health)

(Photo Courtesy: Baystate Health)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The head of the area’s largest health system is stepping down next July.

Thursday, the Baystate Health Board of Trustees announced that Mark Tolosky will step down as president and CEO of Baystate Health on July 1, 2014.

Tolosky will be succeeded by Dr. Mark Keroack, who currently serves as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Baystate Health.

The health system says that the move has come after a long period of succession planning, in an effort to ensure a smooth transition for all of its stakeholders – the organization, the patients, and the community.

In a statement, Tolosky says, “It is an extraordinarily difficult decision to give up the privilege of serving so many people in our community, and touching so many lives. But I’m confident that now is the right time to move on to my next phase, as my Baystate colleagues continue to lead the way in transforming healthcare toward greater quality, accessibility and affordability.”

Tolosky joined Baystate in 1992 as executive vice president of Baystate Health and CEO of Baystate Medical Center. He was promoted to President and CEO of Baystate Health in 2004.

During Tolosky’s tenure, a massive expansion was completed at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield in 2012, while renovations were also recently done at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware. He also lead the development and construction of several medical facilities along Main Street in Springfield’s North End.

Keroack, a Springfield native, was approved unanimously by the Baystate Health Board of Trustees to be the health system’s next leader. He came to Baystate Health in 2011 as President of Baystate Medical Practices before being promoted to his current role in March 2013.

As an interim step, Baystate Health says that Keroack will assume the additional title and authority of President and CEO of Baystate Medical Center on January 1.

“I am excited to continue this great work, here in the town where I grew up, and across all of western Massachusetts, to achieve a higher state of caring for the people we serve,” Keroack adds in a statement.

He continues by saying, “It is a great honor to be selected as the next leader of this wonderful organization.  The new healthcare world will require an unprecedented level of connectedness between nurses, doctors, and allied health professionals; between specialty and primary care providers; between those who touch our patients and those who support them; between health plan and delivery system; and across all the communities and regions that we serve.”

Following the change in leadership in July, Tolosky will assume the title of president emeritus and support his successor Keroack as needed.

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