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MED MOVES: Baptist Health names new leaders, Detroit Medical Center executive’s role expands and more


Emanuel Medical Center has a new CEO, while the longtime leader of CoxHealth plans to retire next year.

Chris Roty

Chris Roty

Baptist Health moves leaders into new posts

The Baptist Health System in Kentucky is making changes in a couple of leadership roles.

Chris Roty has been named the new chief operating officer at Baptist Health Lexington. He has serving more than four years as president of Baptist Health Paducah.

Kathy Donovan

Kathy Donovan

Roty will take his new role at the 434-bed hospital on Dec. 6. He will succeed Karen Hill, who retired earlier this year. At Paducah, Roty oversaw the expansion of the labor and delivery units and started the only Level III NICU unit in the region, the system said. He also opened more physician offices in the region. Roty previously served as president at Baptist Health La Grange starting in 2011. He has been with Baptist Health since 1994.

Matt Bailey has been named the interim president at Baptist Health Paducah. He will begin work at the 373-bed hospital on Nov. 29.

Bailey had been interim president of Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany, Indiana. He was previously president of Indiana University Health South Central Region in Bloomington, Indiana. Bailey possesses 36 years of experience in the healthcare industry.

Murali Naidu

Murali Naidu

Detroit Medical Group names new COO

Kathy Donovan was named chief operating officer of the Detroit Medical Group on Nov. 11. She also continues to serve as CEO of Detroit Medical Group Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a position she has held since June 2020.

Before joining the Detroit Medical Group, Donovan served as chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Emanuel Medical Center in Calif. gets new CEO

Murali Naidu is now the new CEO of Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, Calif. He took the role effective Nov. 15.

Steve Edwards

Steve Edwards

Naidu has served as CEO of Doctors Hospital of Manteca, a sister hospital in Tenet’s Northern California Group, since early 2020. Naidu will serve as the chief executive of both hospitals until a replacement can be found for Doctors Hospital. Before joining Tenet, Naidu served as the chief physician executive at Managed Care Systems out of Bakersfield, Calif.

CoxHealth CEO is retiring

CoxHealth announced Steve Edwards, president and CEO, plans to retire as leader of the Missouri-based system.

His last day will be May 31, 2022. He has been president and CEO since 2012 but has been part of CoxHealth leadership since 1992. A search committee is in place and aims to have a successor named before Edwards departs next May.

His father, Charlie Edwards, also served as CEO of the health system.

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