The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center announced Mohan Suntha will take over as the hospital’s president and chief executive officer pending the transfer of St. Joseph’s to the university system on Dec. 1.
Suntha, a vice chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been part of the transition team working on the university system’s acquisition of St. Joseph’s from Catholic Health Initiatives, according to a news release.
"I have had the privilege of working closely with Dr. Suntha for the past five years and have worked very closely with him over the last year while negotiating the purchase of St. Joseph Medical Center," Francis X. Kelly, chairman of the Board of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center Board of Directors, said in a release.
St. Joseph’s Hospital has faced high profile controversy in recent years after a cardiologist allegedly implanted heart stents in hundreds of patients who did not need them. In October, Cardiologist Mark Midel sued the hospital for defamation due to the scandal.
The hospital also had to pay the federal government $22 million in 2010 to settle kick back charges.
Patch editors Nayana Davis and Tyler Waldmen contributed to this story.