2 regional hospital leadership changes announced on same day

Two major health networks in Southwest Ohio announced top leadership changes Tuesday, creating new management structures amid ongoing changes in the delivery of health care.

Dayton-area based Kettering Health Network will replace the nonprofit system’s first woman president, Terri Day, who’s filled the role for about three years. Day joined Kettering Health in Nov. 2010 as chief operating officer and was named president in Nov. 2012.

“After careful consideration, it became clear that in order to effectively respond to changes in the health care market…we needed a change in leadership,” said Elizabeth Long, a spokeswoman for the hospital system.

Roy Chew, longtime president of flagship hospital Kettering Medical Center, will replace Day as president and oversee all eight hospitals in the network including Fort Hamilton Hospital, according to Kettering Health. The change in president is already effective, said Kettering Health spokeswoman Elizabeth Long.

Fred Manchur remains chief executive officer of Kettering Health.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati-area health system UC Health announced the next step in its changing management structure. The system affiliated with University of Cincinnati was formed in 2010 following the break-up of a different hospital network, the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. Former Health Alliance hospitals went separate ways.

In fact, Fort Hamilton joined Kettering Health in 2010 after the Health Alliance dissolved.

According to UC Health, it has been moving towards a single management structure over the last five years, during which time former Chief Executive Officer James Kingsbury retired and Dr. Richard Lofgren was named the new CEO at the end of 2013.

Also, the network named earlier this year its first-ever chief medical officer, and a new chief operating officer and vice president of ambulatory services.

The next step was revealed Tuesday by Lofgren in an email to employees. Effective Dec. 1, UC Health will eliminate the position of CEO at its hospitals, and create two new jobs: a senior vice president of inpatient services that will report to the network’s chief operating officer; and chief administrative officers to oversee day-to-day activities of UC Medical Center, West Chester Hospital and Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care.

Dr. Kevin Joseph, currently chief executive officer of West Chester Hospital in Butler County, was named the new system-wide vice president of inpatient services, according to UC Health.

Jen Jackson, currently vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at UC Medical Center; and Tom Daskalakis, vice president and chief operating officer for West Chester Hospital; will serve as interim chief administrative officers of their respective facilities.

Amy Schroyer will continue to lead Daniel Drake Center with the new title of chief administrative officer.

Lee Ann Liska, now president and CEO of UC Medical Center, plans to leave UC Health to pursue other executive leadership opportunities, according to Lofgren’s memo.

Both UC Health, which employs about 10,000 people total, and Kettering Health, which employs more than 11,000, operate hospitals and other outpatient facilities in Butler and Warren counties.

Staff Writer Randy Tucker contributed to this report.

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