Alaska hospital taps former Martha's Vineyard Hospital CEO for top post amid legal dispute with Partners: 5 notes

South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, appointed Joseph Woodin CEO, effective March 26.

Here are four notes:

1. Mr. Woodin most recently served as president and CEO at Oaks Bluff, Mass.-based Martha's Vineyard Hospital, a critical access facility. He was abruptly fired from the facility in June 2017. Many in the community criticized the hospital board's handling of the ouster.

2. Mr. Woodin is still in the midst of a legal dispute with Boston-based Partners HealthCare, Martha's Vineyard Hospital's parent, according to a report by The Boston Globe. Mr. Woodin and Partners are working to reach an agreement regarding the terms of his departure. Neither party can comment on the legal proceedings until they are concluded.

3. He previously served as president and CEO at Randolph, Vt.-based Gifford Health Care and Gifford Medical Center, which also includes a critical access hospital.

4. Mr. Woodin is a member of the American College of Hospital Executives and a fellow of the Advisory Board Company.

5. He takes over from Robert Letson, who is retiring.

Editor's note: This article was updated Feb. 22 at 9:00 a.m. to include information about Mr. Woodin's legal dispute with Partners that is yet to be resolved.

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