Plymouth: BID-Plymouth’s CEO & President Steps Down

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Peter Holden (left) has resigned as CEO and President of BID-Plymouth, Kevin Coughlin (right) has been named Holden’s interim successor.


A familiar name, Peter Holden, has been at the helm of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth for nearly a decade.

Now, Holden has decided to step down from his role as president and CEO to pursue other opportunities.

“Our current senior vice president of system development, Kevin Coughlin, will assume an interim president and CEO role here at the hospital,” said Christopher Smalley, director of marketing and communications at BID-Plymouth.

Smalley says Holden really took the lead on several initiates at the hospital, including a multi-tiered plan to deal with behavioral health issues and the epidemic of opioid addiction.

“That’s something that Peter has done for several years, and culminated earlier this year with receiving some national recognition for the program he and others helped develop here at the hospital,” said Smalley.

Smalley also says Holden’s community outreach and feedback helped create a proactive approach to dealing with current health issues.

“It was through that that we learned we needed the hospital to take a much more visible role in the behavioral health opioid epidemic throughout the region,” said Smalley.

Smalley says Holden was also there during the 2014 transition and integration from Jordan Hospital into BID-Plymouth.

“Even though there will be a transition here in the coming weeks, it’s business as usual here and BID-Plymouth,” said Smalley.

Holden’s interim successor, Kevin Coughlin, also has management experience at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as Boston Medical Center.

The BID-Plymouth board, including staff members, will form a search committee to find a new president.

About Christine James

Christine James is the Managing News Editor, and anchor at WATD. She has been a fixture here since 1990. Along the way in her WATD newsroom journey, she has won numerous broadcast awards including the Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow National Award for "Best Newscast."