CHS fires Lutheran Health Network CEO Brian Bauer: 6 things to know

Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, the parent company of Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Lutheran Health Network, fired the network's CEO Brian Bauer, according to

Here are six things to know about the decision.

1. In a letter sent to LHN employees, Martin Bonick, president of division I operations at CHS, said Mr. Bauer was fired "after considerable thought about what is needed to advance the network and many discussions with Brian … Current circumstances put him in an untenable position and he is unable to continue in his leadership role," according to a News-Sentinel report.

2. Mr. Bauer had been CEO of the health network since 2013.

3. CHS officials also fired Aaron Garofola, who served as CEO of Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne since December 2016. Officials have yet to announce his replacement.

4. Officials named Mike Poore, vice president of operations for CHS Professional Services Corp., interim CEO of LHN. He will be responsible for daily operations at the eight-hospital system.

5. Mike Young was appointed interim COO of LHN. He will work on strategic initiatives for the health network, including the deployment of $500 million in capital improvements CHS previously promised LHN, the News-Sentinel reports.

6. The layoffs come weeks after CHS rejected a $2.4 billion proposal from LHN physicians to purchase the network.

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