Ohio system shakes up leadership

Kettering (Ohio) Health has made a series of leadership moves that come a little more than a month after new CEO Michael Gentry took the helm, the Dayton Daily News reported Aug. 16. 

Brenda Kuhn, PhD, RN, who previously held chief quality officer and chief nursing officer roles at the health system, was named interim president of Kettering Health Dayton (Ohio), according to the report. She takes over the role from Richard Manchur, the son of former Kettering Health CEO Fred Manchur. 

Fred Manchur retired from the health system at the end of 2022. Kettering in March hired an outside firm to conduct an internal investigation into allegations of inappropriate fiscal and operational management. A pair of anonymous complaints were filed with the Ohio attorney general's office alleging abuse of charitable funds. The complaints included allegations that Fred Manchur expensed trips and used hospital network funds to remodel his home. 

Richard Manchur had served as Kettering Health Dayton's president since 2019. A Kettering Health spokesperson confirmed to Becker's that he is no longer a part of the health system and left to pursue other opportunities. 

Other changes include:

  • Michael Mewhirther, Kettering's former CFO who served as interim CEO after Fred Manchur's retirement, was named chief administrative officer, according to the report. 
  • Tim Ko is serving as interim CFO. He previously served as CFO and COO of Kettering Health Medical Group.
  • Tim Dutton, who was the health system's executive vice president of mission, brand and people, appears to have left the organization, the news outlet reported, citing his LinkedIn page
  • Keith Jenkins, who was president of Kettering Health Washington Township (Ohio), also left the health system, the news outlet said, citing his LinkedIn profile

"As is typical during a CEO transition, Kettering Health is experiencing change," a health system spokesperson told Becker's in a statement. "Since taking the helm in July, our new CEO, Michael Gentry, has begun to adjust our system’s leadership structure to best position the organization for the future. Along with these structural changes, we’re also experiencing the normal shifts that occur in large organizations with some of our leaders seeking new opportunities."

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