Leadership exodus at Baptist Health System — CEO, CFO, COO & VP to depart

Four executives from San Antonio-based Baptist Health System are leaving their roles, a Baptist spokesperson confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.

The executives include CEO Trip Pilgrim; President and COO Graham Reeve; CFO Gary Whittington; and Vice President of Human Resources Sarah Spinharney.

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, Baptist's parent, made the leadership changes to eliminate regional and market management layers in hopes of creating a more nimble organization, while also providing leaders with more direct access to Tenet's hospital service center in Dallas, a Baptist spokesperson told Becker's.

Tenet sent a letter to Baptist employees informing them of the departures. In the letter, Eric Evans, president of hospital operations for Tenet, states "it is vital that we continue to improve operational effectiveness," according to a San Antonio Business Journal report. Mr. Evans also said the leadership changes will take place over the next few weeks.

Matt Stone, who was CEO of San Antonio-based Northeast Baptist Hospital, will serve as group CEO with oversight over all of Tenet's San Antonio-based hospitals, a Baptist spokesperson confirmed. He will be based based at Baptist Medical Center in San Antonio, and will report directly to Mr. Evans.

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