Shakeup at MU Health Care: CEO retiring, new interim dean of School Medicine

Aug 23, 2012

The University of Missouri Health System has announced that chief executive officer Jim Ross will retire at the end of the year.

According to a press release issued Thursday, Ross joined University of Missouri Health Care in 2004. In the same press release, the health system announced that current MU Health Care chief operating officer Mitch Wasden will become the CEO/COO on Jan 1, 2013. 

Meantime, The University of Missouri Health System has appointed Leslie W. Hall as the interim dean of the School of Medicine. According to another press release issued Thursday afternoon, Hall has been senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the School of Medicine and chief medical officer for MU Health Care since 2008.

The current dean, Robert Churchill, is set to retire at the end of October. Churchill decided to retire after an investigation uncovered billing fraud in the department of Radiology earlier this summer. Although Churchill wasn’t implicated, he said he wants to retire to avoid any cloud of doubt over the department, since he had supervised one of the doctors accused of fraud. The press release says there will be a national search for a permanent dean of the School of Medicine.