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Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute appoints chief operating officer

Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, has appointed Gary B. Morrison, FACHE, chief operating officer (COO), effective April 1. Morrison joined Karmanos in October 2009 as interim COO.

“With more than 20 years experience in senior health care leadership and 10 years as a health care consultant, I am confident Gary will continue to be a strong asset as Karmanos moves forward,” said Dr. Bepler.

As chief operating officer, Morrison’s main responsibilities include the smooth and efficient operation of the Karmanos Cancer Center to ensure the delivery of high quality care at the hospital and all Karmanos clinical operations while continuing their profitability.

Morrison has extensive experience in academic health care as well as physician-led integrated health care organizations and large practice groups. He was executive vice president and COO of Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas and at the Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. Morrison also was administrator of Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., owned by the Mayo Foundation. While there, he oversaw hospital operations as well as participated in numerous Mayo Foundation committees.

Before coming to Karmanos, Morrison was a member of Hunter Partners in St. Petersburg, Fla. He also has worked as managing director of Aspire Performance Partners in Brentwood, Tenn.; senior vice president of health care for the Thomas Group in Irving, Texas; and director of Financial Resource Group in Dallas.

He holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, where he also obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Morrison is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has served on the Wellness and Benefit Design Committee for the Michigan State Medical Society and has been involved in various foundations, associations and councils related to health care and education in Texas.
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