Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, confirmed that Don Steigman, senior vice president in charge of its 16-hospital South Florida and Alabama region, has asked to be reassigned. Steigman, 52, has led Tenet's South Florida hospitals for 10 1/2 years and has been an executive in the region for Tenet and its predecessor companies for 20 years. The job change, expected to take place sometime next year, is not in response to criticisms by M. Lee Pearce, a former physician and a Tenet shareholder, company spokesman Steve Campanini said. Steigman asked for a position with fewer day-to-day responsibilities, and Tenet agreed to create a new job for him as senior vice president of operations development. Pearce called for replacing Steigman in 2004, noting fraud settlements and patient-care issues at hospitals in his group, and subsequently blamed Steigman for financial losses in Florida. Campanini said Steigman addressed those issues and improved quality. In his new post, Steigman will act as a liaison with the Cleveland Clinic on a joint venture in South Florida, oversee the development of a children's hospital and "work on other key strategic initiatives," Campanini said. An outside firm is conducting a national search to replace Steigman. -- by Vince Galloro
Tenet creates new post for Southeast area chief
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