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Mayo Clinic appoints Florida CEO, Center for Innovation co-founder as new CEO

Farrugia has served as vice president of Mayo Clinic and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida since January 2015.

Beth Jones Sanborn, Managing Editor

New Mayo Clinic CEO, Gianrico Farrugia, M.D. Credit: Mayo ClinicNew Mayo Clinic CEO, Gianrico Farrugia, M.D. Credit: Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic has appointed its Florida CEO and cofounder of Mayo's Center for Innovation as the new system CEO. Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., will succeed current CEO John Noseworthy who plans to retire at the end of the year.

"Mayo Clinic's rotational leadership model is a deliberate and planned process that incorporates leadership development and succession planning to identify and prepare leaders for every critical role, including president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. The thorough search process was guided by a search committee that included members of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees," the system said.

Farrugia has served as vice president of Mayo Clinic and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida since January 2015, leading more than 6,400 staff members and driving significant investment in people, technology and expansion, including the opening of the new 190,000-square-foot Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Building which will serve cancer, neurology and neurosurgical care patients, Mayo Clinic said.

Before that, he worked as director of Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine and co-founded the Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic.

Originally from Malta, Farrugia spent 30 years as a Mayo physician and is jointly appointed in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, and the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. He also serves on the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees and Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and is a professor of medicine and physiology, and a faculty member in biomedical engineering at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Though the Mayo Clinic may be the highest-brow institution to appoint new leadership, as the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, so too does its leaders. Somerset Hospital in Somerset, Pennsylvania appointed Andrew G. Rush as CEO and Bay Medical Sacred Heart in Panama City, Florida appointed Scott Campbell to its top leadership post. Bret Kolman has taken the helm at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri.

Lillian Montoya will serve as the new president and CEO of Christus St. Vincent in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and James Kiser will serve as CEO of Montrose Memorial Hospital in Montrose, Colorado. 

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