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North Carolina exec named Aspirus president


WAUSAU (WAOW) - A North Carolina health network executive is Aspirus Inc.'s new president, bringing what Aspirus calls expertise in areas like efficiency, service improvements and strategic planning that are necessary in a changing health care industry.

Matthew Heywood, 46, takes over July 1, replacing Duane Erwin, who retires June 28, Aspirus announced Wednesday.

Heywood, of Wilmington, N.C., has been executive vice president and chief operating officer at New Hanover Health Network since 2008. New Hanover is a non-profit, 855-bed health system with more than 5,000 employees.

Aspirus Board Chairman Todd Nicklaus said Heywood, who grew up in Ohio and received a masters degree from the University of Michigan, was the perfect fit for Aspirus as the health care industry moves away from paying providers for the amount of care they offer to paying them for the quality of the health outcomes they achieve.

"The health care industry is experiencing unprecedented change right now, and Matt’s skill set and leadership approach are exactly what the organization needs to succeed in an industry dealing with sweeping reforms," Nicklaus said in a statement.


Heywood said he was excited about his new job. "There is a highly-skilled team of experts here, and they really care about their craft and about their patients," he said in a statement.

Aspirus is a non-profit health system based in Wausau with more than 6,000 employees. It operates health facilities in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.


Since Erwin joined Aspirus in January 2006, Aspirus said it has nearly doubled its employees, built solid business relationships with two Wisconsin hospitals and added three more in Upper Michigan.

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