Dr. Baumgartner, who is also chief medical officer for Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, will begin his duties on Oct. 22, 2018, when Bill Manns, the current president of Saint Mary’s, will become president of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System’s Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals. Baumgartner will fulfill this interim role until a permanent president for Grand Rapids has been selected.
“Dr. Baumgartner demonstrates passion for the mission of Mercy Health,” said Julie Ridenour, chair of the Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees. “He has a tremendous leadership style, and his longevity and breadth of experience with the organization give him a unique perspective on leading the organization. We are thrilled to have him serve in this additional capacity.”
Baumgartner’s 46-year history with Saint Mary’s spans from physician of Infectious Disease to administrative leadership. He began at Saint Mary’s at the age of sixteen, working in various departments including housekeeping.
He earned his medical degree at Wayne State University and was fellowship-trained in Infectious Disease at University of Michigan. He faithfully served for 30 years at Mercy Health Infectious Disease McAuley Program, a community benefit ministry of Mercy Health, and retired in 2017 to focus on his administrative role as CMO. The McAuley Program has become one of the nation’s highest-achieving treatment centers for people living with HIV and the largest clinic on the west side of the state, treating more than 1,000 patients annually.
He is active in Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the American Association for Physician Leadership.
He resides in Grand Haven, Mich., with his wife Patricia.
A committee that includes Rob Casalou, president and CEO of Mercy Health and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s board members has begun a national search for the next Grand Rapids president. The search committee will work with parent company Trinity Health on a final selection.