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CEO of Plymouth hospital to step down

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Peter Holden will leave Nov. 4 to pursue “new opportunities,” hospital officials said, without providing further details.
Peter Holden will leave Nov. 4 to pursue “new opportunities,” hospital officials said, without providing further details.(Herde, Tom Globe Staff)

The chief executive of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth is stepping down after nine years on the job.

Peter Holden will leave Nov. 4 to pursue "new opportunities," hospital officials said, without providing further details. Kevin Coughlin, senior vice president of system development, will lead the hospital until a search committee names a new chief.

Holden, 62, oversaw many changes at the former Jordan Hospital, which in 2014 was acquired by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "He did so with skill and effectiveness, and in doing so provided the hospital a clear path to a sustainable and successful future," hospital officials said in a statement.

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The 155-bed hospital's business has grown since it linked up with Beth Israel Deaconess, Holden told staff last month. The number of patients visiting for inpatient and outpatient services has increased, with market share reaching 67 percent this year from 54 percent in 2014, he said.

As chairman of the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association's board last year, he prodded his fellow health care executives to do more to tackle the opioid crisis, telling the Globe "the health care industry . . . is part of the problem. We write too many prescriptions."

Holden has been leading hospitals since 1976.


Priyanka Dayal McCluskey can be reached at priyanka.mccluskey@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @priyanka_dayal.