Cape Cod Healthcare names Michael K. Lauf new president and CEO

Lauf replaces Richard F. Salluzzo who resigned last month

Cape Cod Healthcare announced today that Michael K. Lauf, who has been serving as Acting President and CEO, has been named by the Board of Trustees as the next President and Chief Executive Officer for the Cape Cod Healthcare system. Mr. Lauf replaces Richard F. Salluzzo, M.D., MBA, who resigned last month. Mr. Lauf becomes the fourth CEO of the 13-year old system that operates Cape Cod Hospital, Falmouth Hospital the Visiting Nurses Association of Cape Cod, and other health care entities on Cape Cod.

Michael K. Lauf, Cape Cod Healthcare's new president and CEO. Photo courtesy of CCH.

Prior to assuming the position of Acting President and CEO, Mr. Lauf served as the system’s Chief Operating Officer since July 2008. Earlier this year, he was promoted to President of both Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital.  Mr. Lauf is an experienced health care professional, with a background of over 12 years in hospital administration. From 2006-2008, he served as a Chief Operating Officer of Bristol Regional Medical Center, a 348-bed hospital in Bristol, Tennessee, part of the Wellmont Health System. At Bristol Regional, he created a manual for employees on process improvement. He also developed a hospital performance scorecard and cultivated service improvement goals among employees that have resulted in dramatically higher patient and physician satisfaction scores.

From 1999 to 2006, he held a variety of positions for Conemaugh Health System in Pennsylvania, including President and CEO of one of Conemaugh’s hospitals, Miners Medical Center. From 1994 to 1999, he worked on the staff of U.S. Representative John P. Murtha, most recently as Rep. Murtha’s Director of Community and Economic Development.

Mr. Lauf was recognized twice in recent years by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the nation’s “rising stars” in health care administration. The magazine established an annual “Up & Comers” program to recognize rising young talent in health care. Mr. Lauf was named to that list in 2004.

Mr. Lauf earned his MBA from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania and his BA from the University of Pittsburgh.

“We are fortunate to have an executive of Mr. Lauf’s caliber and experience,” stated Thomas Wroe, Jr. Chairman, CCHC Board of Trustees. “Over the past two-and-a-half years, he has established a strong track record of working closely with physicians and staff to enhance patient care and to dramatically improve clinical, operational and financial performance. He has played an instrumental role in allowing Cape Cod Healthcare to regain financial and organizational stability. The system remains in very capable hands.”

Mr. Lauf stressed his commitment to maintaining strong, cohesive leadership. “In particular,” he said, “I am committed to CCHC’s physician strategy and ensuring the success of the recently launched PO/PHO.”

“I’m honored and grateful that our Board of Trustees has placed its confidence and trust in me to lead this great organization,” Mr. Lauf added. “Our board, physicians, senior management, staff and volunteers have all worked very hard over the past two-plus years to put Cape Cod Healthcare on strong footing. I firmly believe we are well-positioned to continue our mission of delivering the highest quality health care to the residents and visitors of Cape Cod and our surrounding communities. I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead this organization into the future.”

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