A second senior manager at Quorum Health Group is heading for the door as the company continues to grapple with federal allegations of Medicare fraud and works to turn around its operating performance in several markets.
Steve Hewett, 39, Quorum's chief financial officer, is resigning effective June 30, the Brentwood, Tenn.-based company said this week. The announcement comes less than a month after Eugene Fleming, 54, the company's executive vice president and chief operating officer, said he would retire, also June 30 (May 3, p. 16).
"It's a coincidence, and with Steve's leaving, internally some very good people are being promoted," said Quorum spokeswoman Shea Davis.
Hewett said his decision was voluntary and unrelated to Fleming's decision or the company's pending federal whistleblower lawsuit. "There are some growth needs that I have that I can't really meet in my current positions," he said.
Before coming to Quorum in 1996, Hewett worked for AmSouth Bank, in Birmingham, Ala., as senior vice president and manager of healthcare banking services. There, he first dealt with Quorum, as a banking client, in 1992.
Hewett is considering career moves in and out of healthcare, he said.
For the quarter ended March 31, Quorum turned an $18.4 million profit on operating revenues of $448 million. James Dalton Jr., company president and chief executive officer, noted then that Quorum still needs to improve.
Replacing Hewett is Terry Allison Rappuhn, 42, the company's vice president, controller and assistant treasurer. Karen Harrison, 42, will succeed Rappuhn as vice president and controller, and David Grams Jr., 32, has been promoted to vice president of finance and treasurer.