A major leadership shakeup over at Summa Health going on now...with two top positions eliminated, and people filling those posts losing their jobs.
The Beacon Journal reports that the hospital, which has been through months of controversy following the abrupt replacement of their Emergency Room physicians group, and subsequent loss of acreditation for the ER Resident training program---is attempting to "remove layers of management, increase efficiency, and maintain high standards for quality, safety and operations."
That, according to a memo sent out to staff yesterday morning by Summa's Interim CEO, Dr. Cliff Deveny. He tells the newspaper it's "totally inaccurate" to link the controvery surrounding the emergency room earlier this year to the changes that eliminate the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer positions.
COO Valerie Gibson was close to former CEO Dr. Thomas Malone, while CMO Dr. Vivian von Guenigen was heavily criticized for a potential conflict of interest because her husand headed U.S. Acute Care Solutions, the company Summa replaced it's existing core of emergency room staff with in January. Neither are expected to remain in other capacities with the hospital system.
Summa Health System has lost its appeal of the decision to remove the accreditation of the emergency room physician training program at Akron City Hospital.
The Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education removed the accreditation from Akron City's Emergency Medicine Residency Program back in February; a result of the health system's abrupt decision to swap ER doctor providers over the New Year. The decision had a ripple effect throughout the health system including a vote of "no confidence" in Summa leadership and then President and CEO Dr. Thomas Malone stepping down. The emergency room physician training program will no longer operate at Akron City effective July, 2017.
The Summa Health System board of directors has since named Dr. Cliff Deveny interim President and CEO while they look for a permanent replacement (Dr. Deveny is reportedly near the top of that short list).
Last week, Dr. Deveny sent a memo to employees that an accrediting firm doing an audit of Summa found "no cause for concern" regarding the quality of patient care in Summa emergency rooms.