Roger Spoelman to take over for Mount Carmel CEO during cancer treatment

Claus von Zychlin, CEO of Columbus, Ohio-based Mount Carmel Health System, has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare type of blood cancer, and will take a three-month medical leave for treatment starting in October, according to a Columbus Business First report.

In his absence, Roger Spoelman, CEO of the western Michigan region for the system's parent company, Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health, will serve as interim CEO. Sally Jeffcoat, executive vice president of Trinity's West and Midwest group, also is expected to spend more time in Columbus.

In an email Mr. von Zychlin sent to employees, he said he is optimistic he will return to work in January, according to Columbus Business First.

"I have the good fortune to have a highly skilled and committed executive team, and the current plan is for that team to continue to provide day-to-day leadership," von Zychlin wrote, according to the report. He plans to stay involved via email and Skype.


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