In the latest of a string of sudden departures of senior executives at Pittsburgh-area healthcare organizations, Gregg Zoller, president and CEO of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, inexplicably left last week after four years with the three-hospital system. Mercy officials said they could not comment further on the circumstances. J. Penn Krause, Mercy's executive vice president of operations, was installed to fill the vacant position on an interim basis while officials immediately launched a search for a permanent replacement. Zoller, the first lay president of Pittsburgh Mercy, said in a written statement that it was time to move on after leading the system "through a time of tremendous growth and prosperity." Zoller's departure comes less than two weeks after the resignation of Charles O'Brien, president and CEO of six-hospital West Penn Allegheny Health System, and one week after the departure of Patricia Liebman, president of UPMC Health Plan since its inception. Earlier this month, officials at UPMC Health System announced that John Paul, executive vice president and a 30-year veteran of the expansive system, was not returning from a six-month sabbatical. -- by Cinda Becker
Another Pittsburgh healthcare exec resigns
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