Recent actions by CHS cause Lutheran Health advisory board member to resign

A member of the advisory boards for Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Lutheran Health Network and Lutheran Hospital resigned Thursday due to recent actions by Lutheran's parent company, Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, according to The Journal Gazette.

In a letter to Lutheran Health Network's acting CEO Mike Poore, the advisory board member, Chuck Surack, said his resignation was effective immediately.

"It is my personal opinion that the recent actions taken by CHS are not in the best interest of Lutheran Health Network, this community, and the people we serve," wrote Mr. Surack. "I cannot stand idly by and support CHS any longer."

His resignation comes after CHS rejected a buyout offer from a group of Lutheran Health Network physicians in May. After saying no to the deal, CHS fired Lutheran Health Network CEO Brian Bauer and CMO Geoff Randolph, MD. Steven Orlow, MD, the system's CMIO, resigned earlier this month. 

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