Bayhealth taps Terry Murphy as new CEO

July 14, 2009

Bayhealth Medical Center Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Terry Murphy will assume the role of CEO of Bayhealth Inc. and president and CEO of Bayhealth Medical Center Inc. Oct. 1.

Murphy will succeed President and CEO Dennis E. Klima who has provided service to the community during his 30 years as the leader of Kent General Hospital and more recently, Bayhealth Medical Center.

At the time Murphy assumes the new role Klima will continue as president of Bayhealth Inc., where he will focus on strategy, health legislation, policy, mentoring, community service, alliances and ongoing development of Bayhealth Inc.

Murphy has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Bayhealth Medical Center since February 2002, after serving previously as vice president of the southern region of Bayhealth Medical Center.

Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Belmont Abbey College in 1982 and a master’s degree in health-services administration from The George Washington University in 1985.

Murphy is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and recently received the 2008 Regent’s Award as a senior-level healthcare executive from the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The transition committee and the board of directors, led by board Chairwoman Barbara Rutt, was impressed with Murphy’s qualifications and his history with the organization.

“It was easy to conclude that Mr. Murphy would be the right individual to lead Bayhealth in the future,” said Rutt.

“We look forward to working with him in his new role and ensuring a stable transition.”

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