CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER SHAKEUP

Last Tuesday, June 13, three of the top six administrators at Children’s Medical Center were, um–well, let’s not use the word “fired” because that’s not the word CEO Christopher Durovich used. Ousted–I think we can say “ousted”–were Michael Fichtel, chief financial officer; Mark McLoone, executive vice president of operations; and Sharon Tourville, senior vice president and chief nursing officer. As you’ll see from the memo Durovich sent to his staff, the hospital says the move was part of a “reorganization”:

As we strive toward excellence at Children’s Medical Center, we are continually seeking to align leadership talent and experience with our shared strategic goals for the organization. I am pleased to announce an executive reorganization plan that we believe will meet this challenge and allow Children’s to grow and continue to flourish under dynamic, engaged and highly-skilled leadership.

Doug Hock, who joined Children’s earlier this year as Legacy Administrator, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations. Hock replaces Mark McLoone, former Executive Vice President of Operations and Sharon Tourville, former Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, both of whom will be leaving Children’s, effective June 13, 2006. Hock will oversee Nursing, Ancillary Services, Information Systems, Facilities, Quality and Legacy Operations. He will appoint an interim Chief Nursing Officer by Tuesday, June 13, 2006.

Nancy Templin, currently serving as Controller, will assume the interim role of Chief Financial Officer. Mike Fichtel, former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be leaving the organization, effective June 13, 2006. A search will be conducted for a permanent replacement for the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Patricia Winning, currently Senior Vice President of Business Development, will add Ambulatory Services to her scope of responsibility. Under the new title of Senior Vice President of Business Development and Ambulatory Services, Winning will oversee Ambulatory Services, while continuing oversight of Strategic Planning, Public Affairs, Managed Care, Government Relations, Physician Relations and Children’s programmatic relationships with UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Jim Herring, formerly Vice President of Human Resources, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Administration. Herring will continue to lead Human Resources and bring Compliance, Legal and Governance under the Administration umbrella and his leadership.

Dare we say it? Oh, why not?

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