CEO of OSU hospi­tal re­signs amid con­tro­versy

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Maria Castel­lucci

Dr. Shel­don Retchin, CEO of Ohio State Univer­sity Wexner Med­i­cal Cen­ter, re­signed last week af­ter fac­ulty ac­cused him of harm­ing the in­sti­tu­tion’s cul­ture and rep­u­ta­tion.

Days be­fore Retchin’s res­ig­na­tion, some of the univer­sity’s most prom­i­nent physi­cians and pro­fes­sors wrote to the school’s lead­er­ship team say­ing Retchin had caused col­leagues to re­sign or take early re­tire­ment.

Their ab­sences have re­sulted in “sig­nif­i­cant de­lays in fill­ing va­cant po­si­tions left by mul­ti­ple de­part­ing fac­ulty. This has cre­ated physi­cian un­der­staffing, which en­dan­gers pa­tient safety and low­ers the qual­ity of care,” ac­cord­ing to the let­ter. Retchin de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions. Retchin will take a leave of ab­sence and re­turn to Ohio State Univer­sity in a new role fo­cused on health pol­icy re­search and teach­ing.

The univer­sity re­leased a state­ment say­ing the claims were false but that Retchin had cho­sen to move on.


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