DETROIT (WXYZ) - In an email sent to employees Thursday morning, Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan announced that he will step down at the end of the year. He is expected to enter the Detroit mayor's race.
Duggan's message said the health system's president, Joe Mullany, will take over as CEO at the start of next year.
"I recruited Joe nearly a year ago, when he was serving as the head of Vanguard's Massachusetts system," Duggan wrote. "As you know, Massachusetts adopted health reform under Governor Romney in 2007, implementing a plan almost identical to what we now call Obamacare."
"Under Joe Mullany, DMC will be the only hospital system in Michigan led by a CEO who already knows what it takes to run hospitals under health reform," Duggan told his employees.
As for Mike Duggan's future, the exiting CEO is expected to enter the race to be Detroit's next mayor.
In September, Duggan, a former Wayne County prosecutor, announced that he filed paperwork to form a committee to explore a 2013 mayoral run.
Back in May, a run by Duggan was the talk of the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual policy conference on Mackinac Island.