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Baystate Health Announces Leadership Changes in Eastern Region

PALMER, WARE — Baystate Health announced changes and consolidations in leadership positions in its Eastern Region.

Effective Jan. 29, Michael Moran will become the interim president and chief administrative officer for the Baystate Health Eastern Region. Moran has been at Baystate Health for 14 years and currently serves as the organization’s vice president for Clinical, Facilities and Guest Services.

Moran’s new role combines the responsibilities of two current positions in the region, the president and the chief operating officer. The region’s current president, Dr. Charles Cavagnaro III, will depart Baystate Health to pursue other opportunities. Before joining Baystate Health, Cavagnaro served as president and CEO of Wing Memorial Hospital and Medical Centers for 15 years.

The region’s current chief operating officer, Dr. M. Shafeeq Ahmed, will return to practicing medicine full-time at Baystate Health. Ahmed has been a physician-leader at Baystate Health since 2003. Dr. David McGuire will become the region’s chief medical officer.

“Our goal, in considering these changes, is to ensure that our Eastern Region can successfully deliver care that matters to the community in a responsible and sustainable way,” said Nancy Shendell-Falik, senior vice president of Hospital Operations for Baystate Health. “To survive and thrive in the contemporary world of healthcare, we continue to make changes that ensure long-term stabilization, system integration, and a consistent model for delivering quality, safety, patient experience, and value.”

Added Dr. Mark Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health, “Drs. Cavagnaro and Ahmed have made major contributions to the integration of Wing into Baystate Health and to our organization as a whole. We thank them for their leadership, and we wish them the very best.”

Three other management positions in the region are being eliminated and their work consolidated into other positions.

“As we continue our efforts to integrate our Eastern Region for the greatest safety, efficiency, and effectiveness in care, these changes in leadership structure keep us aligned with national best practices,” said Shendell-Falik.

At Baystate Health, Moran has been responsible for a broad spectrum of services including cancer, behavioral health, neurosciences and rehabilitation, food and nutrition, facilities, and more. Moran is known for building high-performing teams, fostering engagement, and serving as executive leader for Baystate Medical Center’s complex heart and vascular and emergency-room expansion projects. He led the building of the orthopedic surgery and cancer centers in Springfield and the surgical center under construction at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. He has co-led the health system’s largest and most complex Lean project, which saved more than $5 million and improved patient flow at Baystate Medical Center.

Moran brings 27 years of experience in multiple industries, including the military, recreation, hospitality, education, and healthcare. His community involvement includes service to several boards and committees throughout Western Mass.

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to lead our team in the Eastern Region,” said Moran. “I’m looking forward to engaging with our caregivers and with our community as we take on the challenges of the current healthcare environment, and continue our efforts to further improve the quality and value of our care across the Eastern Region.”

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