Catholic Medical Partners, which represents the nearly 1,000 doctors and specialists affiliated with the Catholic Health System, will have a new president and CEO at the end of the year.
Dennis R. Horrigan will step down from the positions he has held since 2005 and be replaced by Dr. Michael Edbauer, the organization’s chief medical officer, at the start of 2016. In a statement released Thursday, Horrigan said much of his vision for what the organization could accomplish had become reality and it was a good time to transition to Edbauer’s leadership.
Horrigan and Edbauer, who joined Catholic Medical Partners in 2006, are credited with helping the group’s physicians and Catholic Health better respond to the ongoing transformation of how health care is delivered. Catholic Medical Partners has supported its members’ clinical practices, led the adoption of electronic health records and participated in an accountable care organization that lowered spending on Medicare patients.
Catholic Health has benefited from its close relationship with the physicians represented by Catholic Medical Partners, who serve as a source of referrals for the system’s hospitals.
Edbauer also is the chief clinical officer at Catholic Health and will be the first physician to run Catholic Medical Partners since it was formed in 1996.