2013-01-03 – Bay Medical Center CEO Steve Johnson to Resign
Steve Johnson announced his resignation as chief executive officer at Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health System Wednesday.
According to a news release, Johnson said he will pursue “other opportunities” that will permit him to spend more time with his family. He will remain on the job until mid-February.
“I feel that the hospital is well positioned for the future and has an outstanding management team in place, so I believe now is the right time for me to move on to my next opportunity and for the organization to move on to the next chapter of leadership,” Johnson said in the release.
One major chapter in the hospital’s history came last year, when the hospital went into a 40-year lease agreement with LHP Hospital Group and Sacred Heart Health System. The contract eliminated the hospital’s $120 million debt, which is one reason Johnson was a vocal supporter of the deal.
As for Johnson seeking a different occupation, he said health-care consulting is the type of job he will pursue.
Johnson has been a hospital administrator for 34 yars and at Bay Medical since 2001.
“We are deeply saddened by his decision, but respect his desire to make a career change and to spend more time with his family,” said Bay Medical Sacred Heart Board of Trustees Chairman Scott Clemons, in a news release.
Clemons said Johnson had helped build a solid foundation for the hospital’s continued excellence.
Some achievements the hospital made during Johnson’s tenure are:
* Completion of the West Tower with an expanded emergency department, new surgical suites, new cardiac catheterization labs and a new cardiac intensive care unit
* Addition of the new patient tower with 144 new private rooms and new intensive care units
* Designation as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for five consecutive years
* Designation of Level II Trauma status for Bay Medical’s emergency department
* Recruitment of dozens of physicians representing numerous medical specialties.
The medical center plans to conduct a national search for a new CEO, the news release said. The search will be a collaborative effort including hospital leaders, community members and physicians.
“We are committed to finding a candidate who is not only an industry leader in health care, but also is a good fit for the community,” Paul Kappelman, LHP division president, said in a news release. “We want someone who has the same commitment (as Johnson) to delivering the highest quality patient care and improving patient, employee and physician satisfaction.
“Steve has built an outstanding leadership team, so we anticipate a smooth transition,” Kappelman said.