Michigan system CEO resigns amid financial troubles, failed merger

John Schon, CEO of Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain, Mich., will resign effective Dec. 31, according to a statement released by the system Nov. 13 and obtained by TV 6 News.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, Mr. Schon will move into a consulting role with the health system to assist officials with the executive transition as part of a post-retirement consulting agreement, according to UPMatters.com. It is unclear how much Mr. Schon will be paid in his consulting role.

Mr. Schon's resignation came amid public outcry over his and the DCHS board's alleged mismanagement of the health system, UPMatters.com reports. DCHS leaders motioned to begin the process of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September, roughly one week after a sale deal with Marquette, Mich.-based UP Health System fell through. However, the system met with representatives from a law firm shortly after who said DCHS does not need to file for bankruptcy.

"DCHS exemplifies a culture of hard work, quality and compassion. Our employees embody that culture and are essential to our future success. I look forward to the next chapter in my and my family's life," Mr. Schon said in a statement obtained by UPMatters.com.

"I want to thank the employees of DCHS, both past and present, for the incredible job they did and continue to perform on a daily basis even during times of uncertainty, unparalleled challenges, and an ever-changing healthcare environment. It is the rank and file employees of DCHS that have earned our hospital the top rankings and awards. The teamwork and dedication of DCHS employees will ensure the continued success of this organization and the delivery of award-winning healthcare services," he added.

Editor's note: This article was updated on Nov. 15 at 9:25 a.m. to include additional information.

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