Interim leaders named
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 21, 2017) — Baptist Health today announced that Steve Hanson, system chief executive officer, has left the organization, effective immediately. Hanson had been CEO since March 2013.
The Baptist Health Board of Directors appointed Janet Norton, vice president and chief legal and regulatory affairs officer, and Steve Oglesby, chief financial officer, as co-interim leaders.
Norton a 29-year employee has served as general counsel since 1999. Oglesby, a 24-year employee was named CFO in September 2016.
A nationwide search for a successor will begin immediately.
Last week Baptist Health said it is laying off 288 employees across its eight markets in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, the system said March 15 in an emailed statement to Becker’s Hospital Review.
“This continues to be a time of both transformation and great uncertainty in the healthcare industry. Baptist Health is realigning its structure to best meet the needs of our patients and communities within a challenging financial environment,” the organization’s statement to Becker’s said.
The 288 staff cuts affect employees systemwide, representing about 1 percent of Baptist Health’s workforce. Of the 288 affected employees, 149 are at the system’s corporate headquarters in Louisville, primarily in administrative roles, the system said.
Baptist Health said affected employees will be offered severance and outplacement job assistance, if they cannot fill other system positions