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Riley's No. 2 executive follows boss out the door

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Three weeks after the CEO of Riley Hospital for Children resigned, his right-hand man announced his departure, too.

Brett D. Lee, the chief operating officer at Riley, announced his plans Wednesday to leave the Indianapolis hospital for a new job in Atlanta. His last day will be July 6.

It’s not clear if Lee’s departure is connected to the May 20 resignation of Dan Fink, who had been CEO of Riley for about two years. Fink was replaced as CEO on an interim basis by Marilyn Cox, Riley’s chief nursing officer.

“It's been a pleasure to serve alongside Brett, and I will personally miss his measured leadership and commitment to our mission,” Cox said in a prepared statement.

Lee was considered a rising star at Riley, which is part of the Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health hospital system. And that got him noticed nationally, too.

Less than a year after being hired by Riley in April 2010, Lee was named the young health care executive of the year by the American College of Healthcare Executives, in part for his work applying Six Sigma and lean-process methods to the health care environment.

Lee will become senior vice president of clinical operations at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the nation’s largest provider of pediatric care. It has three free-standing hospitals, with a total of 520 beds, as well as 17 outpatient facilities throughout the Atlanta metro area.

His first day in Atlanta will be July 25, according to Children’s Healthcare spokeswoman Patty Gregory.

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