Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City is replacing its CEO, on the job for barely a year, with the dean of its affiliated medical school, school and hospital officials said Friday.
The move is part of a plan to reunify the administration of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Hospital, which have been run separately since the school merged with New York University Medical Center in 1998.
Kenneth Davis, M.D., 56, dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, takes over as president and CEO, effective immediately, spokesperson Mel Granick says. Formerly the chairman of psychiatry, Davis has been dean only since January.
Davis replaces Kenneth Berns, M.D., 64, who was hired for the top job of Mount Sinai Medical Center in February 2002. Berns will remain on the medical school faculty as a professor of genetic research.
According to Granick, "The merger is no longer a factor in the day-to-day operations of Mount Sinai Medical Center or NYU Medical Center."
Also, in a move Granick says is part of the restructuring but unrelated to the management change, Mount Sinai Hospital will eliminate 500 full-time-equivalent positions over the next few weeks.
"They will be almost exclusively non-patient-care positions," Granick says.
The hospital currently employs about 7,800. Including the medical school, the total workforce is more than 11,000, Granick says.