St. Joseph Medical Center announced Friday, Aug. 12, that Charles Neumann has been named as the center's president and chief executive officer, effective Aug. 23.
"I know St. Joseph Medical Center and I admire its mission, its outstanding physicians and its commitment to the community," Neumann said in a statement.
"Health care in the United States is in transition," he said, "and I look forward to developing and implementing strategies and operational improvements that assist St. Joseph Medical Center in achieving its full potential."
Neumann succeeds Jeffrey Norman, who announced his resignation in July. Norman had been at St. Joseph since 2009, when he arrived in the wake of accusations that cardiologist Dr. Mark Medei had placed unnecessary stents in patients.
Neumann has more than 30 years of health care and management experience, including five years in the area as senior vice president for operations for five years at Bon Secours Health System, in Marriottsville.
There, he coordinated acquisition and led operations for Bon Secours health systems in Florida, Kentucky and Maryland.
Most recently, Neumann served as a senior operations executive in the FTI Healthcare Group based in Boston, Mass. In that role, he provided health systems with strategy assessments and development, acquisitions, business integration and operations.
"The board immediately recognized Chuck's passion for quality and his commitment to work with the medical community," said Edward Gilliss, chairman of St. Joseph's board of directors.
"The transition in leadership will be seamless," said Gilliss. "Over the past two years, we've built a strong base for Chuck to lead our medical staff, employees and board forward with a keen focus on delivering quality services to our patients."
"Chuck understands what St. Joseph Medical Center has accomplished over the past two years. More importantly, he understands that the future will be built on a strong relationship with the medical staff and St. Joseph's ... commitment to quality care," said Beth O'Brien, senior vice president and group executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives.
Neumann received his master's degree in public health administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University. He and his wife, Maureen Bisognano, have three adult children.