Innovis Health, Fargo, N.D., "let go" its chief executive officer, Paul Wilson, a spokeswoman for the 74-bed hospital said. Wilson, 45, will leave his post when Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota completes the transfer of its 50% ownership in the hospital to Dakota Clinic, spokeswoman Tracie Popma said. She declined to elaborate on the hospital's decision. At deadline, Wilson had not returned a message left on his voice mail. A local newspaper reported he was on a previously planned vacation. The Minnesota Blues and physician-owned clinic built the hospital for $90 million in 2002. The insurer last month announced plans to relinquish its stake, saying it did not want to keep investing in hospitals and believed Innovis was financially stable. Popma said Wilson's departure was not related to a failed deal to sell the hospital to Catholic Health Initiatives. Innovis earned $5.8 million on revenue of $136.9 million in 2003, the most recent data available from the American Hospital Directory. -- by Andis Robeznieks
CEO 'let go' by N.D. hospital awaiting ownership change
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