January 18, 2018
Dear Members of the Tufts Community,
We write to share with you that Michael Wagner, M.D., F.A.C.P., president and chief executive officer of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, has announced that he will be taking over a new leadership role as chief physician executive at Wellforce, the parent organization for Tufts Medical Center. We have included below a message sent from Joseph Campanelli, chairman of the Tufts Medical Center Board of Trustees, to Medical Center staff, which includes information on transition planning.
Tufts University and especially our medical school are grateful for the strong collaborative relationship that has been forged by Mike during his time at Tufts Medical Center. We know that Mike will bring the same passion, talents, and leadership to Wellforce, and we wish him well as he assumes his new role.
Anthony P. Monaco, M.D., Ph.D.
President, Tufts University
Harris Berman, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Dean, Tufts University School of Medicine
Message from Board Chairman Joseph Campanelli to the Tufts Medical Center Community
Dear Tufts Medical Center Community,
As chair of the Tufts Medical Center Board of Trustees, I have had the great pleasure of working very closely with Dr. Mike Wagner over these past four years. I have seen firsthand how much he cares about patients, their families, and all of you. While I will greatly miss working directly with Mike as CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, the role he is undertaking at Wellforce will improve the care and services available not only at Tufts MC but at all Wellforce organizations. He will remain highly engaged at Tufts MC and will always be an advocate for exceptional clinical care, teaching, and research. This is part of the evolution of our health system and why the Tufts MC board voted to support Mike’s pursuit of this leadership position at the system level.
Mike and his excellent leadership team have positioned Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital very well for continued long-term success. We have received national recognition for the outstanding quality of our patient care, and our finances are stable. Mike’s determined focus on service line growth, including investing in our CardioVascular Center, perioperative services, and primary care has resulted in increased inpatient and outpatient volume. As an example, Tufts Medical Center has been ranked No. 1 in New England for heart transplants for the second year in a row, completing 41 transplants in 2017 and 56 transplants in 2016—up from 19 in 2015.
Tufts MC has added 250 new jobs in the past three years when other hospitals have had to make cutbacks and layoffs. We are offering more services in the community—where our patients want them—and we are working with our Wellforce affiliates to add more.
Continuing our progress is crucial and the Board of Trustees is already engaged in transition planning with Mike and Wellforce CEO Norm Deschene. The Board has activated a search committee and they have hired a top executive search firm to immediately start the search for our next CEO. The search process may take us past May; if that is the case, the Board will establish strong interim leadership.
For more than two centuries, Tufts MC has been a strong, stable leader in healthcare. I have proudly served on the Tufts MC Board of Trustees for 16 years and I am deeply committed to our tripartite mission of excellent clinical care, research, and teaching. Many times I have seen the strength of the Tufts MC community, especially when adapting to change while still achieving our goals. I know it will happen this time as well.
The Board and I thank you for all you do each day to support and care for our patients, their families, and each other.
Tufts Medical Center Board of Trustees