Following the abrupt departure of the chief executive officer of Spartanburg (S.C.) Regional Healthcare System earlier this month, the interim CEO wants to put the system's recent turmoil behind it.
Joseph Oddis' exit from the 548-bed public system after six years at the helm--dubbed a "mutual termination" by the system's board--followed years of challenges that included disputes with doctors, two failed merger attempts, and current inquiries by state and federal authorities into Medicare and Medicaid billing practices involving the system's surgical residency program.
Spartanburg Regional's board named Charles Townson, 42, formerly a senior vice president for hospital services, interim CEO when Oddis, 44, stepped down May 3.
Townson said that during the weeks of board discussions preceding Oddis' resignation he was unsure of his own future within the system's management ranks. But now he plans to add nearly 40 beds to the system, conduct forums and town hall meetings with physicians and the community, and improve the system's computer systems.
Oddis did not return repeated calls seeking comment. Oddis left with a negotiated $817,000 severance package. His annual salary had been $387,000.