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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.


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