MetroHealth chief administrative officer to exit

Jane Platten is leaving her role as executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Cleveland-based MetroHealth System, reported Dec. 20.

Ms. Platten will depart at the end of the year by "mutual agreement," MetroHealth said, according to the publication.

The health system confirmed the departure in a statement shared with Becker's.

"Jane worked incredibly hard to advance the mission of MetroHealth for more than six years, and we thank her," the statement reads. "Going forward, we're making organizational changes for the new year that enable us to continue and expand that mission and our focus on health equity in this community."

Ms. Platten joined MetroHealth in 2016, after serving as chief of staff for the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office, according to her bio on the health system's website.

News of her departure comes after Akram Boutros, MD, was fired in November as president and CEO of MetroHealth. Dr. Boutros was fired after MetroHealth board members say that between 2018 and 2022, he set goals for himself, evaluated himself against those goals and authorized more than $1.9 million in supplemental bonuses for himself, without disclosure to the board. Dr. Boutros, who planned to retire at the end of 2022, alleges board retaliation and denies wrongdoing. He has filed two lawsuits against the health system.

Airica Steed, EdD, RN, became president and CEO of MetroHealth on Dec. 5. Meanwhile, MetroHealth announced the hiring of an independent audit firm to review policies, practices and issues related to bonuses paid to Dr. Boutros. 

Terry Monnolly, a MetroHealth board member who resigned after Dr. Boutros was fired, defended Dr. Boutros, saying in his resignation letter that it "is my belief that the board had authorized Dr. Boutros to take all actions that he took." As part of the amended first lawsuit filed by Dr. Boutros, Mr. Monnolly was dropped as a defendant.

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