Board chair resigns after Louisiana hospital fires CEO

The board chairman of Baton Rouge, La.-based Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System resigned one day after the system fired its CEO, according to The Advocate.

In a statement obtained by The Advocate, James Moore Jr. said,  "In light of the fact that the sisters have chosen to pursue a different direction for the system with respect to its leadership … I felt the timing was right to also allow them the opportunity to choose new board leadership."

Mr. Moore had served on the health system's board for seven years and spent the last three as board chairman of the six-hospital system.

"With Mr. McBride's separation, Mr. Moore felt his obligation had been met. We thank him for his many years of service to our ministry," Sister Barbara Arceneaux, regional minister of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, told The Advocate in a statement.

The state's largest Catholic health system released a statement March 13 regarding the decision to fire Mr. McBride, who had served in the position for just over one year.

"After a year of working together and much discernment, we have made a decision to end Mike McBride's services as CEO of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System," the statement said.

A health system spokesperson confirmed to the publication March 13 that the board did not vote to fire Mr. McBride, but that the decision was made by the sisters who run the organization.

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