Dr. Eric Dickson may be the perfect leader for UMass Memorial Health Care. He intends to use his role as the relatively new honcho of the region's largest healthcare system to stop UMMHC's flow of red ink and keep the institution out of the financial emergency room.
In October, the $1.7-billion UMMHC reported an operating loss of $57 million for fiscal 2013. But while its Worcester-based medical center may not be able to avoid workforce reductions and elimination of some services, UMass Memorial's position as the top local employer in Central Massachusetts, with more than 13,000 people, will not be challenged anytime soon.
Last February, Dickson, a UMMHC insider who had been president of the organization's UMass Memorial Medical Group, succeeded John O'Brien.
"The skill sets needed to navigate the uncharted waters ahead will be much different than the skill set of my generation," O'Brien said at the time. "Dr. Dickson has the leadership, business, and personal skills to navigate the organization at a time of industry challenge and opportunity."
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Robert Antonucci: President, Fitchburg State University
Gail Carberry: President, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester
J. Christopher Collins: Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Unum Group, Worcester
Dr. Michael Collins: Chancellor, UMass Medical School, Worcester
Ralph Crowley Jr.: CEO, Polar Beverages, Worcester
P. Kevin Condron: Chairman and CEO, The Granite Group LLC, Concord, N.H.
Anthony Consigli: President, Consigli Construction Inc., Milford
Mary DeFeudis: Philanthropist and Volunteer, Northborough
Christopher Egan: President, Carruth Capital, Westborough
Fred Eppinger: President and CEO, The Hanover Insurance Group
Gerald Fels: Trustee Emeritus, Nichols College, Dudley
Warner Fletcher: Partner, Fletcher Tilton, Worcester
Gordon Lankton: Founder, Museum of Russian Icons and Gallery of African Art, Clinton
William Manley: Founder and CEO, Calare Properties, Hudson
David ‘Duddie’ Massad: Chairman, Commerce Bank & Trust, Worcester
Charles Monahan: President, MCPHS University, Worcester
Jim McGovern: U.S. Rep., Worcester
Tim Murray: President and CEO, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Michael O'Brien: City Manager, City of Worcester (Until Jan. 5, 2014)
James Paulhus: President and CEO, UniBank for Savings, Whitinsville
John Prosser: Chairman, Seven Hills Foundation, Worcester
Joseph Salois: CEO, Atlas Distributing Inc., Auburn
Clifford J. Schorer III: Board of Directors, Worcester Art Museum