Stanley Urban, president and chief executive officer of Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Healthcare system, resigned March 31, citing strategic differences with the system's board.
"It comes down to a difference of opinion regarding the strategic direction of the system," Urban, 51, said in an interview from his Houston home.
When Urban joined the 10-hospital, Houston-based system in 1992, he was the first layman to serve as CEO.
He said the resignation wasn't related to performance, noting that the system was on its way to record financial and quality performance this year.
Officials of the system and Urban declined to detail the problems, but Urban said the differences involved the pace and scope of a restructuring within the system. "Any time you go through that, it affects people," he said. "I was a change agent."
Sisters of Charity was the nation's 16th largest hospital system in 1994 revenues, according to MODERN HEALTHCARE's 1995 Multi-unit Providers Survey.
Sister Christina Murphy, a member of the system's board, was named interim CEO.