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Steward reshapes Mass. health care business

For-profit hospital chain is growing fast; cutting costs with tough management, innovation

Ninety minutes into his shift, Dr. Gerard B. Hayes has visited six intensive care unit patients, conferred with nurses about 12, and reviewed the records of dozens more.

“Dottie, how are you?” he asks a woman in a purple robe who is suffering from obstructive lung disease. “I’m taking a look at your X-ray right now, and it looks pretty good.” She sits up in her bed, breathing through a tracheostomy tube. “I’ll check in with you later,” he promises.

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