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WakeMed names retired Navy admiral as interim CEO

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - WakeMed has chosen a retired Navy rear admiral and career health care executive to be its interim CEO while the search continues for a permanent leader.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/1aeYbCZ) the health system's board voted Wednesday night to appoint Donald Gintzig as interim president and CEO effective Friday.

Gintzig retired from the Navy less than four weeks ago, where he served as acting deputy surgeon general. He had served as CEO of a half-dozen hospital and health care systems.

Former WakeMed CEO Bill Atkinson was fired last month after a 10-year tenure, citing differences on the future direction of the organization.

WakeMed said it plans to find a permanent CEO in the next 12 months.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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