David Torchiana, CEO of Partners HealthCare, unexpectedly announces departure

David Torchiana, CEO of Partners HealthCare, unexpectedly announces departure

David Torchiana, CEO of Partners HealthCare, unexpectedly announces departure

Partners HealthCare CEO David Torchiana, head of the region's most prominent hospitals and sixth most powerful person in Boston, has announced his resignation suddenly, the Boston Globe reports.

One source told The Boston Globe there had been lingering tension between Dr. Torchiana and leaders at two major hospitals in the Partners system.

Torchiana, a heart surgeon by training, said he will retire at the end of April, Partners confirmed in a statement Tuesday morning. It acquired the specialty teaching hospital Massachusetts Eye and Ear last April and secured approval last month from federal regulators to acquire CNE as well.

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Partners is the largest health system in MA, and it is the state's largest private employer. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health said that a significant driver behind their merger late past year was to keep Partners in check. "We believe in ourselves".

Boston-based Partners HealthCare President and CEO David Torchiana, MD, reportedly stepped down from his leadership roles January 28, two sources familiar with the matter told The Boston Globe. "I look forward to retirement and have full confidence in the future of our organization, which is filled with talented and dedicated people focused on our important mission to make healthcare better and take exceptional care of the patients that have placed their trust in our hands". It's a move Torchiana had been contemplating for some time. "Torch has been a valued leader, and he has led this organization in a thoughtful and effective manner", he said in the statement.

Sperling said the board will begin the task of launching on a national search for Torchiana's successor in the coming weeks.

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