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Steward Health picks new executive

By Chelsea Conaboy
Globe Staff / September 29, 2011

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Joshua Putter has been named chief operating officer for Steward Health Care System. He was previously at Health Management Associates, where he led a division that managed 13 Florida hospitals with revenue of more than $1 billion.

He has a dual master’s degree in business administration and healthcare administration from the University of Houston Clear Lake.

Boston-based Steward, a fast-growing for-profit system, was created last year to run the Caritas Christi hospitals, which were bought by the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management. The system now owns eight hospitals, including St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton and Carney Hospital in Dorchester, and plans to acquire four more.

Putter “is a talented hospital executive with 22 years of experience,’’ said Dr. Ralph de la Torre, Steward’s chief executive. “His knowledge of other markets and national perspective will be assets to us as we expand beyond Massachusetts and New England.’’

Putter succeeds Robert Guyon, who has moved to another leadership role at Steward.