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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - Munson Medical Center Names New President

Munson Medical Center Names New President
Alfred E. Pilong Jr. formerly served at a health system in Virginia

Munson Healthcare President and CEO Ed Ness announced today that Alfred E. Pilong Jr. has been named president of Munson Medical Center.

“I am pleased to announce that after an extensive national search for a new president for Munson Medical Center, Al Pilong Jr. will join us in that role on April 3. Kathleen McManus, who is retiring this fall from her position as chief operating officer and executive vice president of Munson Medical Center, will work closely with Al during her transition to retirement,” Ness said. “This returns us to a leadership structure that has been in place successfully during most of Munson Healthcare’s 28-year history. I will continue on as president and CEO of Munson Healthcare and will focus my efforts on developing a financially stable, clinically coordinated, integrated health system.”

Pilong most recently served as president of the 445-bed Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va., where he also was senior vice president of the multi-hospital Valley Health System.

“Al comes to us highly recommended, with demonstrated success in addressing the challenging quality and operational issues we face,” Ness said.

While Pilong led Winchester Medical Center, the hospital was named in U.S. News and World Report’s list of best regional hospitals and received a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade A. The hospital also was designated a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence. Prior to his service in Virginia, he served as vice president of professional and ambulatory services at Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, Del.

“I am excited to be joining an organization with such a high commitment to quality patient care, a talented clinical team, an outstanding medical staff, and a strong reputation in the community,” Pilong said. “Clearly Munson Medical Center is a special place with great board leadership, physicians, staff, and volunteers. I couldn’t be more pleased with this tremendous opportunity and am thrilled to be relocating to such a wonderful part of the country. My wife, daughter, and I are looking forward to getting settled in the area and to begin exploring everything Traverse City has to offer. I am looking forward to joining Munson’s talented leadership team and am humbled to have been entrusted with this great opportunity to provide leadership and service to such a prestigious organization.”

In addition to a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pilong holds a Master of Divinity degree from Alliance Theological Seminary. He began his career as a pharmacist after obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University. He served as a pharmacist and later a professor of pharmacy before moving into hospital administration roles.

Married and the father of three children, ages 22, 20, and 13, Pilong enjoys golf, working out, and hiking. In past years he has served as coach of Little League baseball and middle school basketball teams and has had active roles in various community organizations. Pilong is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served as a member of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association Quality and Safety Committee. He remains a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.