With a retooling of its organization under way, the Catholic Health Association last week announced a slate of personnel and management changes.
The changes include the resignation of the St. Louis-based association's chief financial officer, the elimination of two jobs and the creation of a new senior management position.
They follow the formation of an internal task force to deal with the tensions created by a restructuring of the association that began after the Rev. Michael Place took over two years ago as president and chief executive officer (Feb. 28, p. 6).
Before last week's changes, three key executives-an executive vice president, the general counsel and the association's vice president of mission services-have left since Place replaced John Curley Jr., who retired after 18 years.
"What was appropriate, and perhaps even successful, just a few years ago is not sufficient for the future," Place said in a written statement.
He told MODERN HEALTHCARE: "We're an organization in evolution, so there will be developments as we go forward."
Brian Camey, the association's CFO, becomes the fourth key executive to leave. He has been with the CHA for 11 years.
Camey is expected to stay on through the CHA's annual budgeting process and likely will leave the organization at the end of the month, Place said.
"It was Brian's choice," Place said about Camey's decision to leave.
At deadline, Camey could not be reached for comment.
A new director of financial services will be hired to replace Camey, although the duties of the job will be refined. In the meantime, Cal Smith, who was director of executive services and was promoted last week to the new job of vice president of executive and administrative services, will serve as interim CFO.
Other changes include the elimination of two positions and the departure of the people who held those jobs: Susan Hume as director of communications and Dan Jones as director of information technology. Hume had worked at the CHA for 13 years; Jones had been with the association for four years.
As a result, the communications department is being restructured, and two new managers will be hired to oversee editorial and graphic design services.
The information technology slot is being upgraded to a senior management job, and a new person will be hired.
The CHA has more than 2,000 members, including religious sponsors, healthcare systems, facilities, health plans and related organizations. The organization has about 78 employees in offices in Washington and St. Louis.