Tufts Medical Center names Michael Wagner interim president and CEO
By Ling-Mei Wong
Tufts Medical Center’s interim president and CEO Michael Wagner is no stranger to the hospital.
Born in Connecticut, Wagner came to Tufts MC after completing his medical residency in 1990. “I came because Tufts was known in medical decision-making for patient care,” he said. “It was a great opportunity to come to downtown Boston and be part of a great organization.”
Wagner stepped in on Sept. 19 for Eric Beyer. “I have a tremendous amount of affection for Eric,” he said. “I have big shoes to step into. The organization has been phenomenally supportive and has taken this in stride. The board made it clear the mission continues.”
While Wagner has worked outside of Boston in New York and Texas, he stayed in touch with Tufts MC. He returned to the medical center in 1999 and stayed for good in 2008 as chief of internal medicine and adult primary care. Since his return, Wagner has been involved with most Tufts programs — some since their inception — bringing stability in a time of transition.
The medical center has changed over the years. “Some things are the same: the culture, a deep relationship with the community and with employees,” Wagner said. “We have more heart transplants here than any hospital in New England. We take care of patient with technology advances and are a tertiary medical center: Patients are sicker, with more complex treatment. This requires more training of staff, and more expertise of the nurses and doctors.”
Tufts MC’s location in Chinatown puts it in the heart of the community. The Asian community has become a priority during recruitment for doctors, nurses and staff.
“Being bilingual is important,” Wagner said. It’s not just the physician but staff, who can support needs in a culturally sensitive way for patients.”
For Wagner, Tufts MC feels like home.
“I met my wife here in 1991,” Wagner said. “I have deep roots with Tufts and the community. When I drive down the street, it’s like I’ve been doing it for 20 years.”
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