Peter Slavin, the president of Massachusetts General Hospital, is stepping down from that post after 18 years, the Boston Globe reports.
His departure, comes as Mass General Brigham — previously known as Partners HealthCare — undergoes restructuring, it adds. According to the Globe, this move toward an integrated healthcare system entails a transferring of power to corporate offices and away from hospitals and doctors. This, it says, in part aims to reduce internal competition between the system's hospitals. But it also means that hospital presidents no longer have the ability to launch their own large-scale projects, it says.
The Globe notes that while the changes have led some physicians to leave, Slavin has not publicly criticized the plan.
"There is never a good time to leave," Slavin tells the Globe, noting that he will remain until a successor is chosen. "This is probably as good a time as ever. It's a good time to have a new captain of the ship."
The paper notes that Elizabeth Nabel left last month as president of Brigham and Women's Hospital.