KentuckyOne fires Jewish Hospital president, CNO

Louisville-based KentuckyOne Health has fired two executives from its Jewish Hospital as it prepares for the facility's sale, according to The Courier-Journal.

The system dismissed Jewish Hospital President Joseph Gilene and CNO Shawn O'Connor, RN, DNP. Mr. Gilene has held his position at Jewish for four years, while Dr. O'Connor has served as CNO since 2015. Ron Waldridge, MD, CMO of KentuckyOne Health Medical Group will replace Mr. Gilene as president while Maureen Buckley will serve as interim CNO.

The executive firings come one week after Ruth Brinkley stepped down from her role as KentuckyOne president and CEO. Chuck Neumann currently serves interim president and CEO of the system.

In May, KentuckyOne announced a major spinoff plan in which it well sell 10 entities to become a seven-hospital organization and refocus its business on the central and eastern parts of the state. The change affects all but one of its Louisville hospitals — Our Lady of Peace will stay in the KentuckyOne system.

KentuckyOne's parent company, Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, has been attempting to cut its operating losses as it continues discussions toward a possible alignment with San Francisco-based Dignity Health. 

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story reported that CHI was in the merger process with Dignity Health. The two systems are in discussions to align; a merger is not in process. 

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