Harb becomes new Baystate Health COO
SPRINGFIELD Baystate Health, the largest employer in Western Massachusetts and one of the nation's top integrated health providers, is pleased to announce that Greg Harb, FACHE, has joined the organization as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Harb will report to Baystate Health President and CEO Mark R. Tolosky, JD, FACHE, and will be responsible for hospital operations throughout Baystate Health and for Baystate Medical Practices, Baystate Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, and Baystate Health Ambulance.
Before joining Baystate, Harb served from 2006 to early 2011 as chief operating officer of St. Joseph's/Candler Health System in Savannah, Ga.
St. Joseph's/Candler employs 3,100 people and includes two hospitals with a total of 625 beds. Harb holds a master's degree in Healthcare Administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., and a master's of business adminis-tration from the University of Memphis's Fogelman College of Business and Economics in Tennessee.
"I'm very excited to join an integrated health system well-positioned to respond to healthcare reform and shape the way care is delivered in the years ahead," Harb said. "I was also interested in joining a system with a strong commitment to education and research, like Baystate Health."
Harb and his wife, Stacy, have two daughters.
"I'm looking forward to having Greg join our leadership team," Tolosky said. "Greg is a dynamic leader and collaborator who has succeeded in guiding his organizations through complex challenges, and has achieved outstanding results. His expertise and leadership style complement the high caliber of leadership at Baystate Health."
Baystate Health consists of a teaching hospital, Baystate Med-ical Center; two community hospitals, Baystate Franklin Med-ical Center in Greenfield and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware; Baystate Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice; Baystate Medical Practices; Baystate Health Ambulance, and Baystate Reference Laboratories.
"I enjoyed my previous experience working with an integrated system that offered comprehensive pediatric and Level 1 trauma services, and Baystate Health offered that opportunity as well," Harb said. "Working here gives me the opportunity to learn from and contribute to best prac-tices here at Baystate and across the country.
"I was also very impressed with everyone I met during the interview process: Mark Tolosky, the leadership team, the medical staff and the board. I am honored to be joining Baystate Health," he continued.
In his spare time, Harb avidly follows his daughters' sports and music activities, and also enjoys tennis, golf, skiing, saltwater fishing and reading. The Harbs are active in their church as well.