Executives at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said last week that Sheldon S. King, its president and chief executive officer since 1989, will step down from the top job Jan. 14 to "pursue new career objectives."
Ronald L. Wise, vice president for public relations and marketing at Ce dars, said Mr. King's departure wasn't unexpected. He said Mr. King, 62, had indicated when he joined Cedars from Stanford (Calif.) University Hospital that he would remain in the job until strategic plans, such as a managed-care program and a $300 million construc tion project for the 900-bed hospital, were under way.
Mr. Wise wouldn't confirm reports that Mr. King is being wooed for a top executive slot at a Long Island, N.Y.-hospital. Mr. King "hasn't disclosed what his next career move will be," Mr. Wise said.
Mr. King was unavailable for comment.
Meanwhile, Cedars' board of directors has selected Thomas M. Priselac, the hospital's executive vice president and chief operating officer of five years, for the top job. Mr. Priselac joined Cedars-Sinai in 1979 as assistant administrator.-Della de Lafuente