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Baystate names new hospital president

Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven Bradley

Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Steven Bradley

GREENFIELD — A 14-year Baystate Health veteran in government and community relations will now lead Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the Baystate-Northern Region as president.

Steven F. Bradley of Pelham will take over the reins of the Greenfield hospital on July 1. He will succeed Chuck Gijanto, who has led Baystate Franklin Medical Center since 2008. In March Gijanto announced his resignation, effective Saturday.

Bradley has served for 14 years as Baystate Health’s vice president for government and community relations and public affairs. He led the team that garnered state approval for Baystate Medical Center’s $300 million Hospital of the Future project.

He was also part of the team to help facilitate a resolution to the three-year labor dispute at Baystate Franklin Medical Center between the hospital and the Massachusetts Nurses Association.

“I look forward to coming to Franklin County. Chuck Gijanto has done a wonderful job. I’m looking forward to stepping in,” Bradley said. “I know the hospital quite well. I got to know the leadership of the hospital when working with contract issues there.”

About three months ago, Gijanto asked Bradley to consider the position, Bradley said. During the interview process, Bradley met with 27 individuals.

“I learned that what’s important to people in Franklin County is that their culture is both understood and respected and that residents want us to ensure that they have an excellent hospital.”

Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura, who was involved in the search process, said Bradley is a good fit for the community.

“He’s been part of this community for a long period of time,” Pura said. “He’s a well-respected leader around the state. I think he’ll do an outstanding job.”

For the first six months, Bradley said he plans to spend more time listening and meeting with senior staff and community leaders. After that point, Bradley would meet with senior leadership staff to discuss any changes, if needed.

“It’s not like I am inheriting an organization that is problematic,” Bradley said. “The hospital runs really well.”

Bradley said he will focus on maintaining relationships with local leaders and continuing to add physicians to the hospital.

The new president brings an extensive portfolio of administrative and leadership roles.

Before joining Baystate Health, Bradley served as regional director for the former state Department of Mental Retardation, where he was responsible for administrative, financial and regulatory duties and provided leadership to 6,000 full-time and contract employees.

Bradley also has a great deal of political experience.

He served as chief of staff to state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst. He has served as selectman in the town of Pelham, as board president for the Massachusetts Public Health Association, and is the past chairman of the Board of Trustees for Springfield Technical Community College and the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, Legislative Affairs Committee.

He is also well-versed in contract negotiations with unions.

At the state Department of Mental Retardation, Bradley said, he worked in partnership with the organized labor.

Most recently, Bradley helped facilitate a resolution to the lengthy labor dispute at Baystate Franklin Medical Center with the nurses union.

“I look forward to working with the nurses. They are the backbone of the organization,” Bradley said.

Bradley expects a good working relationship with the Baystate Franklin nurses, but he is happy that the contract is settled.

“It’s a great opportunity to start fresh,” Bradley said.

The Baystate Northern Regional refers to the hospital and associated Baystate Health practices like the Pioneer Valley Women’s clinic on Sanderson Street in Greenfield.

Bradley is just one of three new leadership appointments made by Baystate Health for its regional community hospitals.

Dennis W. Chalke has been named senior vice president of community hospitals for Baystate Health, an expansion of his current role as chief financial officer and treasurer, in which he will continue.

Dr. M. Shafeeq Ahmed will continue in his role as chief operating officer and chief medical officer for Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, and will also serve as acting president of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital after Gijanto ends his tenure on July 1.

Additional leadership appointments for the Baystate-Eastern Region will be made at a later date, with Dr. Ahmed continuing to serve in a senior leadership role.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: kmckiernan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 268 on Twitter, follow @RecorderKatMcK

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