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Kerry Watson named president of Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Posted by boston.com  July 12, 2013 10:00 AM

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A press release was provided by Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Kerry Watson was approved as the next president of Newton-Wellesley Hospital following a vote by the Board of Trustees last night.

Watson, currently president of Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, NC, will begin his new role on October 1. He was recommended for the position by a Newton-Wellesley Hospital search committee.

“I look forward to working with Newton-Wellesley’s outstanding administrative and medical staff leadership to continue the tradition of high quality, compassion, and efficiency, while building upon successes and continuing to deliver the Hospital’s mission to care for every patient as a beloved family member,” said Watson.

Watson's current responsibilities include oversight of a 369-bed acute care hospital, including a rehabilitation institute, psychiatric and critical care units, an intensive care nursery, ambulatory surgical center and the Watts School of Nursing. As a result of his focus on improving clinical quality and building a culture of inclusion and respect, Duke Regional has been ranked as the third best regional hospital and among the five best North Carolina hospitals by US News and World Report.

Before becoming president of Duke Regional, Watson served as Senior Associate Chief Operating Officer and Senior Operating Officer for ten years at Duke University Hospital.

He will replace Patrick Jordan III, who had been interim president since last August, when Michael Jellinek, MD, left to take a position as Chief of clinical Affairs at Partners HealthCare System.

“This is an important and positive step forward for Newton-Wellesley Hospital,” says Earl M. Collier, Jr., Chairman of the Hospital’s Board of Directors. “Kerry Watson brings superb leadership abilities, great competence and commitment to ensuring that this hospital will continue to provide the highest quality care to the communities it serves. As we look to the future of Newton-Wellesley, it is imperative that we build on our strong foundation of smart and dedicated men and women who will guide us in support of our mission.”

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