HANCOCK - In the past year, there have been significant changes at Portage Health, and Monday another change was announced regarding CEO and President Jim Bogan.
On Dec. 1, Portage Health became a part of the Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Hospitals and Duke LifePoint Healthcare system.
As of May 11, Bogan will become market president, and he will have oversight of all the LifePoint hospitals in the western Upper Peninsula, including Portage Health, Marquette General Hospital and Bell Hospital in Ishpeming.
Bogan said he will be working at all three hospitals.
"I will be working on a regional approach to some of our activities," he said.
Bogan said he will work with officials at all three hospitals as well as with Jeff Seraphine, CEO of the LifePoint eastern division.
"I will help take some pressure off (Seraphine) in terms of the regional approach to what needs to get done in the U.P.," he said. "We think there's a lot of opportunity to collaborate and come together on some of these health concerns."
Bogan said besides working to keep the three hospitals financially viable, he and those hospital officials want to make certain the community needs are addressed.
"The unmet needs, our goal is to meet them," he said.
In a written statement from LifePoint about the change in administration, Seraphine stated Bogan will be a good addition to the organization.
"Jim's expertise in hospital operations and administration has been an asset to positioning Portage Health for the future, and we are excited to broaden his responsibilities and leadership," Seraphine wrote.
Bogan said he's been CEO at Portage Health for 25 years.
A nationwide search for his replacement as CEO will begin May 1. He will stay on as CEO until a replacement is found.
He's looking forward to his new position, Bogan said.
"I'm excited about it," he said. "I'm excited about the opportunity that the challenges that are out there are going to present."