Michael Gustafson, MD, MBA has been named as president of Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH), effective immediately.  He had been serving as the hospital’s COO since 2011. Prior to joining BWFH in 2011, Dr. Gustafson served in senior leadership roles at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for more than a decade, most recently as senior vice president for clinical excellence.  He completed his medical degree at West Virginia University, general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a surgical research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and later received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1999.

Gov. Baker has named Louis Gutierrez of Exeter Group as new executive director of the Massachusetts Health Connector. Gutierrez has extensive CIO experience in both state government and the healthcare sector ... Baker also named Daniel Tsai as director of MassHealth and elevated the position to Assistant Secretary for MassHealth under EOHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders. Tsai currently serves as a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Healthcare Systems and Services practice, co-leading the firm’s Medicaid service line.

Under the new State Senate committee assignments announced last week by Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst), Sen. James Welch (D-Springfield) maintains the Senate chairmanship of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing Committee; Sen. Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) was appointed chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee; Sen. Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) was named Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health; Sen. James Eldridge (D-Acton) was named Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Financial Services; and Sen. Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) was named Senate chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Flanagan will also chair a Special Senate Committee on Opioid Addiction, one of five special Senate committees created by the new Senate President.