Mike Grace

PRINCETON — When he became Princeton Community Hospital’s newest Chief Executive Officer in early January, Michael Grace had a background of over 20 years in the health-care industry.

“Before I started at PCH on January 1, I had just finished a 20-year stint at the University of Pitt Medical Center including serving as President and CEO at UPMC Mercy Hospital at Pittsburgh. For the last five months, I’ve been finishing up my doctorate from the University of Southern California doing my dissertation research at the WVU Medical Center at Martinsburg on the subject of physician health and wellbeing in the workplace. If it goes well, I’ll graduate in May,” he said.

Grace said that, when the management agreement between PCH and WVU went into effect, the hospital needed a CEO to manage the transition.

“That’s why I’m here. PCH is a wonderful hospital with an excellent staff and local leadership,” he said.

The arrangement, he said, would keep PCH under local management with the access to WVU’s medical resources.

“We want to make PCH the place where physicians want to practice; the place where it is great to work; and the place where people want to come for their medical care,” he said.

Most of his time at PCH, he said, was in going around and meeting staff members in order to find out what was needed to meet their needs.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com

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