6 recent hospital, health system executive resignations

A number of hospital and health system executives have recently stepped down from their positions. 

Here are  six hospital and health system executive resignations that occurred or were announced since Dec. 5: 

1. Jim Dietsche is stepping down as executive vice president and CFO of Green Bay, Wis.-based Bellin Health, effective Jan. 6. The news comes after Bellin and La Crosse, Wis.-based Gundersen Health finalized their merger. Mr. Dietsche has served as CFO of Bellin since 2020.

2. Yakima (Wash.) Valley Memorial President and CEO Carole Peet, MSN, RN, will depart the hospital later in January, according to a statement shared with Becker's. Dave Hargreaves, Yakima Valley Memorial's board chair, said Ms. Peet will step down after three years in the role. Ms. Peet became president and CEO of Yakima Valley Memorial (previously Virginia Mason Memorial) in February 2020. 

3. Carrie Byington, MD, will step down from the top position at University of California's healthcare system this year. Dr. Byington joined University of California Health in October 2019. Her departure takes effect in June. 

4. Doug Cropper is leaving his role as president and CEO of Davenport, Iowa-based Genesis Health System in June for a full-time leadership role with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kurt Andersen, MD, chief clinical officer/chief medical officer for Genesis, was selected as Mr. Cropper's successor.

5. Susan Turney, MD, the first CEO of Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic Health System, will step down in September. Dr. Turney will continue to guide the health system through its proposed merger with Duluth, Minn.-based Essentia Health, according to a Dec.12 news release shared with Becker's. The two health systems announced their intent to join in October.

6. Kathy Donovan, MSN, RN, CEO of Children's Hospital of Michigan and Detroit Medical Center Group COO, left the organization in December, according to a hospital statement shared with Becker's. Ms. Donovan was named DMC Group COO in November 2021 and had served as CEO of Children's Hospital of Michigan since 2020. She accepted a new role as COO of Springfield, Ill.-based Hospital Sisters Health System.

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