New York hospital ousts interim CEO after 7 months

Charles Gijanto, interim CEO of Massena (N.Y.) Memorial Hospital, is no longer employed with the organization, according to a Watertown Daily Times report.

The hospital's board of managers voted to terminate Mr. Gijanto's contract. Mr. Gijanto is interim CEO of Ogdensburg, N.Y.-based Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. He was serving as interim leader of both hospitals, becoming CEO at Claxton-Hepburn in May 2018 and interim CEO at Massena Memorial in August 2018.

Mr. Gijanto was expected to stay at Massena Memorial for nine months to one year. But its board has now terminated the contract to share Mr. Gijanto's services with Claxton-Hepburn, and Pat Facteau, the hospital's CFO, will take over as acting CEO.

The vote to remove Mr. Gijanto came in the midst of a heated public meeting, where hospital employees confronted board members about the lack of transparency regarding its conversations with Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, N.Y. Canton-Potsdam is one of the entities Massena Memorial is considering affiliating with in its quest to privatize. Six of nine voting members present voted to fire Mr. Gijanto, while two voted to keep him and one abstained from voting, according to the report.

Editor's note: This article was updated to clarify on April 4 at 3:28 a.m.

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