Michael O. Bice has resigned as president and chief executive officer of Allegany Health System, Tampa, Fla.
Mr. Bice, 52, had been CEO of four-hospital Allegany since 1990.
Mr. Bice resigned the week of March 21. It wasn't known whether the resignation was effective at that time. A spokeswoman for Allegany declined to provide further information, saying an announcement on Mr. Bice would be released this week.
Mr. Bice could not be reached for comment, and his career plans were not known at press time.
Before Mr. Bice came to Allegany, the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, the New York-based Roman Catholic sponsors, fired the system's top two executives, James E. Grobmyer, president, and Raleigh Greene, chief operating officer (March 26, 1990, p. 7).
At the time he was hired, Mr. Bice said Allegany was moving toward a more centralized governance and administration from a loose confederation of hospitals. It was unknown whether Allegany's direction will change with Mr. Bice's resignation.
One potential successor to Mr. Bice is John Biebel, president and CEO of St. Joseph's Health Services, Allegany's flagship hospital in Tampa, an Allegany source said. Mr. Biebel, who also is chairman of the Florida Hospital Association, was unavailable for comment.
A spokeswoman for St. Joseph's said that Mr. Biebel is being considered for the post.
Mr. Bice formerly was president and CEO of Lutheran General Health Services Corp, the hospital division of Lutheran General Health Care System, Park Ridge, Ill. He also was president and CEO of Lutheran Health Systems, Fargo, N.D., from 1984 to 1988.