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St. Joseph Medical Center names new CEO

Two weeks after St. Joseph Medical Center CEO Jeffrey K. Norman announced his resignation, a successor has been named.

Charles Neumann

Charles W. Neumann will take over as president and CEO of the Towson-based medical center Aug. 23. Neumann has more than 30 years of health care and management experience. Before joining St. Joseph, Neumann was a senior operations executive in the FTI Healthcare Group based in Boston. He was also the senior vice president of operations for Bon Secours Health System Inc. in Marriottsville for five years.

“I know St. Joseph Medical Center and I admire its mission, its outstanding physicians and its commitment to the community for quality care and outstanding clinical programs,” Neumann said in a statement. “Healthcare in the United States is in transition, and I look forward to developing and implementing strategies and operational improvements that assist St. Joseph Medical Center in achieving its full potential.”

Neumann was not available for further comment Friday.

Norman, who started at St. Joseph in November 2009, announced his resignation July 29 and said he would stay in the post through Aug. 22. A reason was not given for the resignation.

“The transition in leadership will be seamless,” Edward J. Gilliss, chairman of the medical center’s board of directors, said in a statement. “The board thanks Jeff Norman for his good work and service to St. Joseph Medical Center. Over the past two years, we’ve built a strong base for Chuck to lead our medical staff, employees and board forward with a keen focus on delivering quality services to our patients.”

St. Joseph, a 263-bed acute care center, has been at the center of controversy over the medically unnecessary use of heart stents. The center agreed in November to pay $22 million to settle allegations that it paid illegal kickbacks to MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates over a 10-year period and, separately, billed federal benefit programs for medically unnecessary stents.

Hundreds of patients are suing St. Joseph and a former employee, Dr. Mark G. Midei, for allegedly implanting unnecessary heart stents. Midei, through the Pikesville law firm of Snyder & Snyder, filed a $60 million lawsuit against the hospital for allegedly making him the “fall guy” to deflect attention from an ongoing Medicare fraud investigation.

Midei’s medical license was revoked July 13 by the Maryland Board of Physicians.