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July 9, 2008
 
       
 

GW HOSPITAL PREZ LEAVES;
ABC'S "THE BACHELOR" ARRIVES


 

The reason you haven't seen GW Hopsital CEO Richard Becker around is not that he's riding in the Tour de France (but, yes, that is an actual yellow jersey worn by 7-time tour winner Lance Armstrong). Richard, in fact, stepped down on June 14 and will become CEO of Brooklyn Hospital Center, part of the New York Presbyterian system. He leaves behind a solid fiscal record: GW, the region's only for-profit hospital, was in the black every year since he took over as CEO in 2004.  COO Trent Crable has been named interim CEO.


The Bachelor, M.D.!

 

DC physicians have won many awards, but People Magazine's "hottest bachelor" has remained elusive. Until now. The honor goes to Navy Lt. Andy Baldwin, M.D., whom you may recognize as the star of last year's ABC reality hit The Bachelor, above with Admiral Gary Roughead. He moved here in May after a stint as a diving medical officer in Hawaii. His new mission? Boost Naval medical recruiting while stationed at the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. This year has been dubbed The Year of Navy Medicine and a special exhibit honoring medical Sailors is on display at the Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Ave. through April '09.

 

Andy recognizes his celebrity is useful tool in expanding the pool of potential recruits. He not only fills auditoriums when he speaks at schools like Johns Hopkins but gains access to campuses that have traditionally been unkind to recruiters, such as Columbia. Once he has their ear, the message speaks for itself: Med school was free (UC San Francisco); he's taken part in humanitarian outreach missions in Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines; and, how many of your friends can list Navy Dive School and underseas medical training on their CV?

 

No, this isn't a scene from The Bachelor. Andy was a featured guest, along with the band Everclear, at a recent benefit for Snowball Express, an organization that raises money for families of military fallen heroes. He also raised money through his own charity, Got Your Back. Today he kicks off a week long recruiting trip that will take him to Minneapolis, Duluth, NYC, and his hometown of Lancaster, PA. Somehow, in the middle, he's making time for a triathlon in Minnesota.

Bisnow Medical writer Curtis Raye once shot a man in Reno just to watch him coagulate. If you share this fascination for all things medical, send story ideas to Curtis@Bisnow.com

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