At a recent board meeting, the Chicago Health Executives Foruma chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executivesdethroned its president-elect, physician Ogan Gurel.
Or did it?
The board voted Dec. 15 to authorize the law firm of DLA Piper to pursue any and all legal measures against Dr. Gurel if he did not agree to completely refrain from using the title, president-elect or an officer of CHEF and other actions, after earlier voting to remove him from his post as incoming president. Gurel disputes that, contending the board never undertook any formal resolution and violated numerous CHEF bylaws in its actions. He says that the action is an effort by outgoing president Deborah Hodges, director of strategic planning for the healthcare construction firm Bovis Lend Lease, to maintain power.
What Gurel did to deserve his ouster is known only to CHEF leadershipand theyre not talking.
Hodges only says, It is a legal matter, while noting that no lawsuit has been filed. Darrell Taylor, the CHEF lawyer at DLA Piper, also refuses to explain the reason for the boards actions, but says the chapter followed proper protocol in its bylaws.
For his part Gurel, a nonpracticing physician, healthcare consultant and chairman of Chicago-based Aesis Research Group, says he is perplexed by the boards actions. He says the board referred only to his actions and the missing of meetings, which were certainly not egregious enough violations for his removal. I dont think that Deborah Hodges would like to have brought this to the membership because getting rid of mewhile of great interest to heris not the central issue. The real issue is simply that: a pure and simple coup detat.
He says that the boards action contravenes the wishes of CHEF membership, which voted him into the post in January 2006. All of this will make CHEFs annual meeting Jan. 17 a local event not to be missed.