Martin Brotman, president and chief executive officer at Sutter Health's 651-bed California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, was appointed to head the turnaround of Sutter's financially struggling St. Luke's Hospital, also in San Francisco. The not-for-profit hospitals agreed to merge in September in an attempt to keep 260-bed St. Luke's from closing amid mounting losses. The merger will likely turn St. Luke's into a campus of California Pacific. Brotman, who led a successful turnaround at once-failing California Pacific a decade ago, will serve as interim CEO at St. Luke's until the merger is completed. He replaces John Williams, who is leaving St. Luke's for a separate division at Sutter, a St. Luke's spokesman said. St. Luke's, which was acquired by Sutter Health in 2001, lost $21 million last year and is expected to lose about $26 million this year. California Pacific earned $113 million in 2003, the most recent year for which data are available. Sutter has said the merger could take up to a year. It must be approved by the state attorney general. -- by Laura B. Benko
Sutter names interim CEO for troubled Calif. hospital
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