Regional Health CEO resigns more than a year after 95 physicians call for his removal

Rapid City, S.D.-based Regional Health CEO Brent Phillips stepped down from his role, effective immediately, due to a personnel issue, according to a Regional Health spokesperson.

The Regional Health board of directors named Paulette Davidson, Regional Health's COO, as acting president and CEO of Regional Health. The decision comes after the board expressed "full confidence" in Mr. Phillips in April 2017 after 95 physicians at Rapid City Regional Hospital called for his removal, according to a Rapid City Journal report.

The physicians made several complaints against Mr. Phillips' management style and raised concerns about perceived misallocation of hospital resources, the report states. At the time, the board fully endorsed and supported Mr. Phillips, who became president and CEO of the health system Jan. 1, 2015.

His successor, Ms. Davidson, joined Regional Health in 2015. She previously held executive positions at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Arlington Heights, Ill., and Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital.

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