The second-in-command at the Federation of American Hospitals resigned Oct. 12 as association President Charles "Chip" Kahn announced a management reorganization last week.
The departure of Laura Thevenot, who had been executive vice president and chief operating officer, comes four months after Kahn came to the organization from his position as president at
the Health Insurance Association of America. Thevenot's work will be split among three executives, leaving no clear No. 2 to Kahn in the organization.
Thevenot, who had worked with Kahn as chief lobbyist at the HIAA before joining the federation in 1996, left "on her own accord," federation spokesman Richard Coorsh said.
The 1,700-member federation is the primary advocacy and lobbying group for the nation's for-profit hospitals. Thevenot, 44, declined to comment on the changes at the association and said she is exploring her opportunities.
The reorganization leaves three senior vice presidents dividing a role formerly filled by one executive vice president. All three report directly to Kahn.
Steven Speil, formerly senior vice president of health finance and policy, has become the federation's first-ever chief financial officer, as well as senior vice president of health finance, policy and legal affairs.
Josephine Martin, who had been senior vice president of public affairs, now is senior vice president of legislation and public affairs, overseeing lobbying and communications.
Susan Van Gelder, senior vice president of strategic policy, has taken on the additional role of corporate secretary.