California hospital CEO gets no-confidence vote from medical staff

Medical staff at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif., part of CommonSpirit Health, unanimously approved a no-confidence vote in the hospital's president and CEO late last month, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Tensions have grown between medical staff and hospital administrators in recent months, with physicians publicly expressing concerns about how the hospital is being run. Most recently, hospital leaders faced backlash from medical staff for severing ties with its anesthesia provider.

On May 23, physicians sent a letter to leaders of Chicago-based CommonSpirit informing them of the no-confidence vote in St. Mary Medical Center President and CEO Carolyn Caldwell. Fifty-eight physicians signed the letter, and others who supported the no-confidence vote requested their names not be included for fear of retaliation, the letter stated, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

In response, CommonSpirit Health said it is confident in Ms. Caldwell's leadership abilities.

"We remain confident that Carolyn Caldwell will continue to provide the leadership necessary for St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach to achieve the patient care and healing ministry goals for the hospital and its surrounding community," CommonSpirit President and COO Marvin O'Quinn wrote in a letter to medical staff, according to the report.

Access the full Long Beach Press-Telegram article here.

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