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    Newton-Wellesley Hospital chief to step down

    Michael Jellinek, president of Newton-Wellesley Hospital for the last 12 years, will step down to focus on his role as the chief of clinical affairs at Partners HealthCare System, the hospital said Thursday.

    Patrick F. Jordan III, the hospital’s current chief operating officer, will serve as interim president, the hospital said. A search committee will begin work this fall to consider permanent candidates.

    “Mike’s contributions to Newton-Wellesley have been exceptional,” chairwoman Carol McMullen-Rush said in a statement. “His superb leadership abilities, great competence and genuine commitment have helped secure our reputation as a premier community teaching hospital. Although he will be greatly missed, we know that Newton-Wellesley is in good hands and will continue to deliver on its mission to care for every patient as a beloved family member.”

    Globe Staff