Buzzitta Retires As MMCP Leader

May 2, 2007
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GRAND RAPIDS—Dr. James Buzzitta, who founded Michigan Medical PC, the state’s largest physician-owned, multi-specialty group, and guided its growth into a 200-plus doctor group with 25 locations, is retiring as chairman and managing shareholder, MMPC announced Tuesday.

Dr. John MacKeigan, vice president of medical affairs, has been named interim chairman and managing shareholder. Buzzitta took on the role of chairman emeritus as of Tuesday.

MacKeigan said the MMPC board of directors is scheduled to meet at the end of May.  “They’ll have to decide whether to continue with an interim while they have further discussions about what the role will be,” MacKeigan said. “I think the board now has to define what the role will be as chairman of the board. A physician leader will be needed. It is a physicians’ corporation. Finding that person has yet to happen.”

He said it’s too early for him to know whether he may take on another role, adding that he enjoys  his medical affairs leadership role.

Buzzitta, 50, plans to take a more active role in real estate through Hughes Management, a developer of medical facilities, MacKeigan said. He said the transition began last year, when Buzzitta transferred his CEO title and duties to Ted Inman, who had been vice president of operations.

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