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      Marquette General Hospital CEO to step down at end of year

      Marquette General Hospital (MGH) announced Monday that President Gary Muller, FACHE, will retire and step down from the top leadership role at MGH effective December 31, 2013. He will continue as president and CEO of Superior Health Partners, an affiliation of nine Upper Peninsula hospitals and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, until February 28, 2014, at which point he will fully retire.

      A seasoned health care administrator, Muller, 64, came to MGH in November 2007. Previously, he served for nine years as President and CEO of West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, Louisiana, a 462-bed hospital and health system in the metropolitan New Orleans area. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), Muller holds an MBA from the University of Florida and bachelorâ??s degree in business administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

      â??After a career of nearly 40 years in health care, it is time to move to a new phase of my life,â?? said Muller

      â??It is personally satisfying to leave Marquette General Hospital and Superior Health Partners stronger than they were when I arrived six years ago,â?? Muller continued. â??Much of the success has been accomplished since September 2012 when the health system was acquired by Duke LifePoint. With Duke, the quality of care at MGH is continuing to be enhanced. And LifePoint has brought significant human and financial resources, and, most recently, the announcement of a new hospital campus to create a health care facility for the future.â??

      Muller, who worked closely with the MGH Board of Trustees to explore partnership options and stabilize the hospital for the future, is confident the success will continue.

      â??We have a team in place at MGH that will guide the continued success of the hospital and its partnership with Duke LifePoint. I see a very bright future for MGH, SHP and Duke LifePoint, and I am proud to have been a part of it,â?? Muller said.

      Duke LifePoint and the Board of Trustees will identify the best candidate to fill this critical role at the hospital. Details of this will be announced once a decision is made.