Exempla taps replacements
The board of directors of Denverbased Exempla Healthcare appointed three new CEOs to replace the trio of top executives who were ousted after a restructuring of the Exempla board (Jan. 11, p. 4).
The three new Exempla executives already work for the Roman Catholic Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, which gained more influence last month on the Exempla board. “In these kinds of transitions, you always get some turnover,” said William Murray, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity, based in Lenexa, Kan. Under an arrangement approved late last year by the Exempla board, the Sisters of Charity system with the Exempla board has the power to appoint the board chairman and hospital CEOs, and to exert certain operational control, such as the use of Catholic directives.
Robert Ladenburger, 57, was named president and CEO of Exempla Healthcare, the system announced. Ladenburger, who is the chairman of the Colorado Hospital Association, leaves a role as president and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Junction, Colo. Exempla, which owns two acute-care hospitals and operates a third under contract in the Denver area, also named Bain Farris, 60, to the role of president and CEO of Exempla St. Joseph Hospital.
Farris previously served in various senior leadership roles with the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Grant Wicklund, 58, was named president and CEO of Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Wheat Ridge, Colo. Wicklund currently serves as interim president and CEO of St. Francis Health Center, Topeka, Kan.
The appointments of Ladenburger and Farris are effective Jan. 18, while Wicklund is scheduled to start on April 1.