UPDATE: MU Health Care CEO to retire; interim School of Medicine dean named

Thursday, August 23, 2012 | 7:38 p.m. CDT; updated 10:05 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 23, 2012

COLUMBIA – The University of Missouri Health System announced Thursday the retirement of James Ross, chief executive officer of MU Health Care, and the appointment of Leslie Hall as interim dean of the MU School of Medicine.

Ross joined MU Health Care in April 2004 as its CEO. He previously served 14 years as a health care administrator in Greenville, N.C., and then as president and chief operating officer of what was then known as University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina.

Under Ross's leadership, MU Health Care was named one of two top hospitals in Missouri by U.S. News & World Report, earned “most wired” hospital status by the publication Hospitals & Health Networks and received the Missouri Quality Award, according to the news release. In addition, he created Missouri’s only women and children’s hospital.

Ross’s retirement is effective Dec. 31. Mitch Wasden, MU Health Care’s chief operating officer, has been appointed CEO and COO, effective Jan. 1.

Hall has served as senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the School of Medicine and chief medical officer for MU Health Care since 2008, according to the news release. He joined the MU School of Medicine faculty in January 1999.

Hall also served as the associate program director for MU's internal medicine residency program for five years, earning the Paul C. J. Sun, M.D. Distinguished Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching.  He was involved in planning the women and children’s hospital.

Robert Churchill, dean of the School of Medicine, is set to retire Oct. 31. The retirement was announced at a June 1 news conference about allegations of billing fraud at MU Health Care, according to a previous Missourian report.

Supervising editor is Simina Mistreanu.

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