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November 10, 2023

UMass Memorial mum on plans to fill hospital presidency

Photo | Timothy Doyle UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus

UMass Memorial Medical Center, the largest hospital in Central Massachusetts with three campuses in Worcester, has been without its permanent leader since July.

PHOTO | Courtesy of UMass Memorial Health
Justin Precourt

Dr. Michael Gustafson, the five-year president of the UMass Memorial Medical Center, left his role at the hospital at the end of July, according to a memo sent to UMass staff in May. Since then, Justin Precourt, chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services at the center, has held the role in interim.

The hospital’s parent organization, UMass Memorial Health in Worcester, didn’t disclose its plans to fill Gustafson’s position on a non-interim basis, when asked by WBJ on Thursday.

The medical center, with its University, Memorial, and Hahnemann campuses, is the largest hospital in Central Massachusetts. It has 7,575 local employees and 818 inpatient beds, according to data provided to the WBJ Research Department. The hospital has 2,574 registered nurses and 1,257 physicians.

Michael Gustafson

Gustafson was president and COO at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston before he took on the role at UMass Memorial. He departed the role to pursue the goal of improving quality-of-care for patients and family experience on a national level, according to the May staff memo. Gustafson holds a medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Precourt was named chief nursing officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center in 2019. He continues to hold that role as he fills in as interim president. Precourt earned his nursing degree from Northeastern University in Boston and a master’s degree in nursing from Saint Joseph’s College in Maine and a doctorate of nursing practice and health care administration management from Rush University in Chicago.

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