IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Susan Croushore will leave her job as president and CEO of Christ Hospital in Cincinnati after nearly 10 years in the role, though she plans to remain a senior adviser to the hospital through the end of the year. Croushore, 58, named to Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare list in 2009, planned to leave effective Sept. 3. A hospital spokeswoman said the departure came through mutual agreement between Croushore and the board of directors. Mike Keating,
a member of the hospital’s board of directors, will serve as president and CEO of the 525-bed hospital.
Christ Hospital experienced notable events during Croushore’s tenure, including the transition from system membership to stand-alone status following protracted litigation involving its former system, the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.
In 2010, Croushore presided over a settlement that was one of the largest of its kind for a False Claims Act case against a hospital. The hospital and the alliance paid $108 million to settle allegations without admitting to claims that they had been involved in a “pay to play” scheme with cardiologists. She said at the time that the hospital agreed to settle “instead of risking a potential catastrophic judgment that could jeopardize our ability to provide service to this community.”
The hospital is implementing a plan to become a regional community hospital system, including ambulatory service locations throughout the Cincinnati area, and construction of a campus that will include the only orthopedic and spine hospital in the area.