Summa Health board to gain more di­rect over­sight of ad­min­is­tra­tive moves

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Ly­dia Coutre, Crain’s Cleve­land Busi­ness

The board of direc­tors of Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health is tak­ing steps to more di­rect­ing over­see ad­min­is­tra­tive moves fol­low­ing strong op­po­si­tion to the sys­tem’s de­ci­sion to re­place its emer­gency depart­ment staff.

The plan in­cludes hir­ing an “ex­ec­u­tive coach” who will re­port di­rectly to the board, work with lead­er­ship and guide the es­tab­lish­ment of a cul­ture “that val­ues em­ployee and physi­cian en­gage­ment,” ac­cord­ing to a Jan. 15 let­ter from the board. The board also will cre­ate an ad­vi­sory med­i­cal staff panel, take on di­rect over­sight for all physi­cian con­tracts for the rest of 2017.

Summa brought in new ED physi­cians after con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions broke down with Summa Emer­gency As­so­ciates, the in­de­pen­dent physi­cian group that had staffed the sys­tem’s EDs for decades. Hun­dreds of physi­cians voted no-con­fi­dence in Dr. Thomas Malone, Summa pres­i­dent and CEO.

The let­ter didn’t men­tion Malone by name. The ex­ec­u­tive coach will work with all mem­bers of the Summa ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship team.

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